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 2024, the ULYSSES Ensemble will become a Sinfionetta, with (tbc) 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 horn 1 piano, 1 percussion 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass. During the Manifeste festival academy, French conductor Pierre Bleuse will lead the Ensemble ULYSSES, with the participation and support of musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain.
Date and venue: June 16, 2024, at IRCAM
Programme with Pierre Bleuse & Ensemble intercontemporain:
György Ligeti “Mysteries of the Macabre”
Michael Jarrell “Abschied II”
Simon Steen-Andersen ”Double up”
Senay Uğurlu, ULYSSES endorsed co-commission (15′)
From October to May, Ms. Uğurlu will engage in studio sessions to prepare the commissioned work.
Calendar for the 2024 Ulysses Ensemble:
November 7: Call Opening
February 8: Application Deadline
February, 28 (tbc): Selection of musicians