The 2013 Gaudeamus Muziekweek
Gaudeamus – NL
Henk Heuvelmans is the director of Gaudeamus Muziekweek, one of our ULYSSES Network partners. During the last festival edition, from 1st to 8th September 2013 in Utrecht (NL), the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and ULYSSES Network provided several young artists from all over the world with the possibility to meet with other composers, musicians and performers and to create in a stimulating context.
Not less than 5 activities have been supported by the ULYSSES Network (Organ Plus, A composers exchange program, the Disklavier PLUS project, the Roque Rivas project, Young ensembles in residency and the IEMA composition workshop 2013) and led to concerts that have been performed during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2013.
Question 1. The 2013 edition of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek was the 3rd edition organized in the City of Utrech, after a long tradition of the festival in Amsterdam. Which particular actions and conditions allowed you to take this challenge, especially in the actual context of budgetary restriction? Did the European support of the ULYSSES Network – brought in since 2012 – help towards this transition process? If yes, how?
Question 2. Many young artists came from all over the world to participate in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2013 and to work on different projects. How do you organize the work sessions, for example, between a young ensemble and young composers? And in which context/conditions do you think that this kind of encounters and workshops can notably enrich their work?
This varies from project to project. For instance we invited Curious Chamber Players as ensemble-in-residence and asked 3 composers to work with them (selected by us because of their specific interest in making compositions for musicians + new elements such as video, electronics, untypical instruments cq sound sources etc.). They intensely worked for several days and during the festival each other day presented a new work in premiere and after a short interview with the composer repeated that same new work.
Question 3. Is there a “life after” the festival for the projects you have initiated this year? Which projects do you think will be particularly sustainable and allow the artists to develop their work and further professional encounters?
Most productions which are realized in the framework of Ulysses Network will be repeated elsewhere in the network; but also outside because many artistic directors visited Gaudeamus Muziekweek and booked works for their own festival in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands etc. Projects in which the composers can really build a good relation with the musician(s) and organizers are particularly sustainable, such as the CCP-residency. Gaudeamus invites several composers to come back next year with another new or recent work, to show their development and broader perspective; we also ask them to make their own video (next to the ones we produce ourselves), so we can follow their development; sometimes we even program try-outs in our concert series during the year, thus the contact with the audience is also more sustainable.
Question 4. Which perspectives do you have for next year?
We look forward to the opening of a gigantic new music building with 5 concert halls and beautiful spaces in between, which look like a real good festival venue. This year we noticed a good increase in audience participation, so there is a growing interest in what we do here in Utrecht. We will have several Ulysses projects again, such as IEMA, Disklavier Plus (now with not only electronics but also other instruments involved), Organ Plus, and a site specific workshop with Peter Ablinger. Next to that we will also have coproductions with partners in Canada and the US, and with the Biennale of Venice, with Malta etc.
More information about the Gaudeamus Muziekweek on the official website : www.muziekweek.nl
More videos of the 2013 edition at: http://blog.eigentijds.radio4.nl/