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New music for B.C. Manjunath and New European Ensemble

GAUDEAMUS offers young composers a unique opportunity to create music for B.C. Manjunath and New European Ensemble (NEuE)

B.C. Manjunath is a revolutionary percussionist from Bangalore, freshly renovating the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India.
His impact has grown exponentially worldwide over the last decades, reaching musicians of all backgrounds who discover universal principles in his essential vision of rhythm.

New European Ensemble (NEuE) is a leading reference in newly composed repertoire, often collaborating with Gaudeamus.
NEuE dares to undergo a rhythmical challenge alongside B.C. Manjunath. An adventurous journey, but also a solid investment in their performative skills.

Support for composers

Jonás Bisquert, programme developer and composition coach at Gaudeamus; teacher of Advanced Rhythm at Conservatory of Amsterdam & Royal Conservatoire The Hague.
Jonás will coordinate support in the musical query of participating composers.

Ned McGowan, composer and flutist; teacher at Utrecht Conservatory and coordinator of International Rhythm Course.
Ned has been commissioned a piece for B.C. Manjunath and NEuE, due to premiere at Gaudeamus Festival 2022. Ned will share his experience and simultaneous composition process, providing privileged advice for participating composers.

Kristina Fuchs, multifaceted singer; teacher of Jazz Voice at Royal Conservatory of Antwerp; teacher of Advanced Rhythm at Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Kristina will share her knowledge of intercultural performance, helping composers reflect on their creative process. Adding even more luxury to this project, she is available to perform as a singer, expanding NEuE’s line-up.


Design your own line-up, choosing up to 5 players out of: B.C. Manjunath, NEuE (9 players: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet, percussion), Kristina Fuchs.

Composer’s age: younger than 36 by September 2022.

Partners of Gaudeamus for this project: Culture Unlimited Festival, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Utrecht Conservatory.

Time frame

  • 11 September 2021, 14:00 till 17:00 CET, live seminar (yes, in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht!) Innovating in radically different musical contexts. All interested composers welcome upon inscription. Presentation and kick-off. Interaction B.C. Manjunath + NEuE. After the seminar, interested composers may send an artistic proposal and chosen line-up. End of September Gaudeamus will select 4 composers to go on until September 2022.
  • December 2021, exact dates to be announced. Online + live.
    Experimenting and trying out drafts of selected composers with the performing team.
    Sessions for composers with members of the support team (Jonás, Ned, Kristina).
  • March 2022, exact dates t.b.a. Online + live.
    Rehearsals with performing team.
    Sessions with support team.
  • June 2022, exact dates t.b.a. Online + live.
    Rehearsals with performing team.
    Sessions with support team.
  • 15 July 2022, last version of pieces ready.
  • Early September 2022, live.
    Rehearsals and concert during Gaudeamus Festival 2022.