Inspired by the classical musicians who travelled throughout Europe to train and expand their practice, the ULYSSES network brings together eleven European institutions to promote and develop the professionalism of young composers.
Through the ULYSSES Ensemble, the ULYSSES network took a major step forward in 2017, directing its efforts towards young performers – while remaining focused on the music of today. A new ensemble of young musicians living in Europe is formed each year and travels through several academies and festivals affiliated with the ULYSSES network.
In 2023, the ULYSSES Ensemble, made up of 8 musicians (1 flute,1 clarinet, 1 trumpet, 1 piano, 1 percussion, 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello), travels from June to July from Divertimento to the ManiFeste-2023 Academy and the Royaumont Foundation.
STOP 1 – DIVERTIMENTO
Friday, June 16 — Thursday, June 22, 2023, Milan (Italy)
Concert on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (Italy)
Educational Advisor: Sandro Gorli, conductor – with the participation of soprano Felicita Brusoni
For its first stop, Italian conductor Sandro Gorli invites Italian composer Daniele Ghisi and Spanish composer Mikel Urquiza to attend rehearsals with the ULYSSES ensemble to work closely on their pieces, Black Rain and Les Lueurs se sont multipliées. The latter will be recorded the day after the concert. In addition to Liza Lim’s Veil, the young musicians will work on Alex Mincek, poco a poco, which they will rerun in Fondation Royaumont during their last stop. In this way, the ensemble can experience rehearsing and performing the piece twice, with 2 different conductors.
Daniele Ghisi: Black Rain (2021) for voice, ensemble (flute, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, violin, cello) and electronics, 12 minutes (2021)
Alex Mincek: poco a poco (2008) for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, cello, 15 minutes (2008)
Mikel Urquiza: Les lueurs se sont multipliées (2015) for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, 13 minutes (2015)
Liza Lim: Veil, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, 10 minutes (1999)