Musica, Impulse Centre for Music – coordinator
Musica, Impulse Centre for Music inspires people to take a conscious, adventurous approach to sound and music.
Musica is an experienced pioneer in arts education, contemporary approaches to musical heritage, music and sound art in the public space and musical interactions with very small children. This multi-faceted approach enables us to create unexpected links between artistic disciplines, musical idioms and educational methods. Musica explores the untapped potential of both historic and new instruments, tools and techniques.
Through educational and co-creative processes, Musica strengthens the foundations of an artistic approach to sound and musical culture. Musica nurtures artistic energies with targeted experiments, projects, festivals and publications and commits to providing high-quality participation in music for everyone, whatever their age or cultural and social background.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//)
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) is the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music, taking place over 10 days each November and featuring 50+ events – including performances, installations, exhibitions, talks and workshops – as well as a year-round Learning & Participation programme. hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in the UK; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and diverse, informed presentation; to provide innovative creative opportunities for all; to reduce our environmental impact and make progress towards sustainability; and to be an ambitious, dynamic participant within our cultural community.
November Music had its first edition in 1993 has ever since taken place in the beautiful Mediaeval Brabant capital of ’s-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) in the south of the Netherlands. It is the most important international gathering for contemporary music in the country. The annual festival, which lasts 10 days, presents 90 concerts across all genres, featuring today’s music by today’s makers. November Music is commissioning Dutch and international composers to compose new work as it initiates collaborations between musicians from the Netherlands and those hailing from elsewhere.
Onassis STEGI is the place where contemporary culture in all its forms reaches out to curious and critical publics. The place where courageous, restless, daring Greek artists find the means to showcase their work; the place where international collaborations are nurtured; the stage on which the boundaries between science, art, society, education, learning and politics are renegotiated. Above all, Onassis STEGI is the space where questions are asked which feed the mind and spirit, which query givens, with this ideal ultimate goal: generating actions, interventions and ideas which shape and shake society.
SPOR festival is Aarhus’ international festival of unexpected musical experiences speaking to all senses. At SPOR festival, experienced international stars meet the newest upcoming talents who will make their mark on the future of music composition. Started as an annual festival, SPOR has for many years now played a highly important role in the development of contemporary music and sound art in Denmark, as well as for Danish compositional music abroad.
Time of Music
Time of Music (Musiikin aika) Festival is organised in the beginning of July every year in Viitasaari, Central Finland by the association Viitasaaren kesäakatemia. Since its inception in 1982, it has focused on cutting-edge contemporary music, inviting the most important composers and artists in the field to Finland and offering several premieres yearly among around 20 concerts. In addition to the artistic programme, the academy organizes summer courses for students aiming at professional careers and as such is an important international meeting point for professionals and students in music. The festival engages with different audience groups offering free concerts and talks, lectures about new music, workshops for adults and children and online presentations / broadcasts.
Transit (Festival 20·21, Leuven) was founded in 1995 as the Leuven-based member of a ‘family’ of otherwise independent classical music festivals that Festival 20·21 (Festival van Vlaanderen Vlaams-Brabant) was founded in 1995 as the Leuven-based member of a ‘family’ of otherwise independent classical music festivals that all carry the name ‘Flanders Festival’. In 2000, Transit was set up as a specialized New Music festival within the festival. In 2006, Transit became exclusively devoted to 21st-century music, so that Festival 20·21 as a whole developed a twofold profile as reflected in its name: a series of concerts featuring 20th-century music, and Transit as a haven for the newest New Music. Transit is a weekend-long festival, offering between 8 and 12 concerts and related events. Transit aims to mix established names and new discoveries, but always with the ambition to give a boost to new works, talent, experiments and other wild ideas.
Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region. It is a foundation with 17 members, all of whom are professional cultural institutions or organisations. The Ultima Festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone. The festival takes place in September and is staged at venues all around Oslo.
Wilde Westen is a major regional organizer of concerts and festivals in the field of sound art, contemporary music, jazz, classical music, pop, rock and the crossroads of all genres. It promotes an intense musical activity in the Eurometropolis Kortrijk-Lille-Tournai, with a broad influence in Flanders. It develops its activity in close consultation with regional and Flemish players, and is involved in European and cross-border networks.
Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.
The Sounds Now project gratefully acknowledges the support provided by Creative Europe, bringing artists and cultural operators the opportunity to create works and improve practices, thereby contributing to a strong, vibrant European music sector.