1st Composition Academy
17 > 24 july 2022 | Cordes-sur-Ciel
Linea crée sa première académie de composition, en collaboration avec le Festival de Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Au cœur de l’Occitanie, le superbe village de Cordes-sur-Ciel accueille, depuis cinquante ans, les plus grands interprètes et compositeurs, pour un temps unique de concerts, de recherche, de création et de partage. De Gustav Leonhardt à Thomas Adès, de Jordi Savall à Henri Dutilleux ou György Kurtag, le Festival montre un éclectisme engagé, qui se manifeste par la présence régulière de la création contemporaine, de la mixité des répertoires et par la variété des formats proposés.
En 2020, l’Ensemble Linea y a proposé de nombreux concerts, alliant œuvres nouvelles, répertoire classique revisité, concerts organisés au cœur du village médiéval, convivialité et proximité. C’est dans la continuité de cette histoire que la création de la première Académie de composition de l’Ensemble Linea s’inscrit logiquement.
Pour cette première édition, Linea choisit de mettre à profit la versatilité de ses musiciens pour proposer un modèle de formation entièrement nouveau, et d’aborder de manière originale la question des instruments historiques. Il est reconnu que leur utilisation dans les répertoires baroque ou classique n’est pas motivée uniquement par des raisons d’exactitude historique, mais aussi et surtout, par leurs possibilités sonores et techniques, difficiles à retrouver sur les instruments modernes. Il existe donc un monde sonore et des techniques propres aux instruments historiques.
Rien n’empêche de développer ces univers sonores dans le champ de la création, afin de décupler encore les possibilités sonores offertes aux créateurs. Linea sera donc présent tant en formation moderne qu’en ensemble doté d’interprètes pratiquant et explorant les instruments historiques.
Une place importante est laissée à la dimension de recherche. Chaque instrument historique sera longuement présenté, de manière anticipée et en vidéoconférence, puis sur place. Les interprètes seront disponibles, dès la sélection, pour expérimenter avec les compositeurs.
Chaque compositeur écrira une nouvelle œuvre, pour un effectif convenu à l’avance. Cette œuvre sera donnée en concert, à l’ouverture du Festival de Cordes, et enregistrée. Le travail de composition sera suivi, sur place, par les professeurs, qui interviendront aussi en amont, en cours individuels. Les professeurs et étudiants donneront aussi des présentations de leurs propres travaux.
Le luthier Christian Urbita donnera son éclairage sur la construction d'instruments, qui, tout comme la composition, repose sur un projet global, allant du choix des forêts centenaires où il sélectionne son bois, à la conception de violons futuristes. Il interviendra en interaction avec les compositeurs et les possibilités de techniques étendues et de préparation.
• Cours individuels
• Cours collectifs
• Séances de travail musiciens / compositeurs en amont de l’Académie
• Présentation par professeur et chaque étudiant de sa démarche artistique et d’une sélection d’œuvres
• Tous les instruments anciens seront présentés en amont, en vidéoconférence, avec leurs possibilités, techniques et limites particulières ;
• Répétitions sous formes de workshops ;
• Concerts publics présentant les travaux finaux, avec captation audio.
Professeurs : Elena Rykova & Aurélien Dumont
Luthier : Christian Urbita
Ensemble Linea :
Keiko Murakami : Flûtes modernes : flûte contrebasse, flûte basse, flûte alto, flûte en ut, piccolo | Flûtes renaissance : flûte en ré (440 et 415), flûte en sol (440), flûte en la (440) | Flûte baroque : traverso en 415
Heidi Braesch : hautbois moderne, cor anglais, hautbois d’amour, hautbois baryton
Antoine Pecqueur : basson moderne, basson classique, basson baroque, contrebasson
Thierry Spiesser : Trombone ténor, sacqueboute ténor
Caroline Delume : Guitares modernes (6 cordes, 10 cordes, guitare en quarts de ton), Théorbe, Guitare baroque
Aleksandra Dzenisenia : Cymbalum, Cimbalom (biélorusse)
Jean-Philippe Wurtz : direction
First composition academy by Ensemble Linea, in collaboration with Cordes-sur-Ciel Festival.
In the heart of Occitanie, the beautiful village of Cordes-sur-Ciel has hosted the greatest performers and composers for fifty years, for a unique time of concerts, research, creation and sharing. From Gustav Leonhardt to Thomas Adès, from Jordi Savall to Henri Dutilleux or György Kurtag, the Festival shows a committed eclecticism, manifested by the regular presence of contemporary creation, diversity of repertoires and variety of formats offered.
In 2020, Linea Ensemble played numerous concerts there, combining new works and revisited classical repertoire within the medieval village in a unique friendliness and proximity. This first Composition Academy of the Ensemble Linea fits logically in this history.
For the first edition, Linea choses to make good use of its musician’s versatility in order to offer an entirely new training model and to approach historical instruments in an original way. Their use in baroque or classical repertoires isn’t motivated only by historical reasons, but also by their sound and technical possibilities, which are difficult to find on modern instruments. There is therefore a specific world of sounds and techniques to historical instruments.
Nothing prevents these sound universes from developing themselves and increase sound possibilities offered to creators. Linea Ensemble will be supporting young composers both as a contemporary ensemble and with performers practicing and exploring historical instruments.
An important place is given to the research dimension. Each historic instrument will be presented in details in advance by videoconference and then on place. Upon selection, performers will be available to experiment with composers.
Each composer will write a new work for a distribution previously defined. This work will be played and recorded during the Festival opening concert. This composition work will be supervised by teachers both during the Academy and the months before during streamed individual lessons. Professors and students will also give presentations of their own work.
The luthier Christian Urbita will provide expertise on the construction of instruments, which, like the composition, is based on a global project, ranging from the choice of century-old forests where he selects his wood, to the design of futuristic violins. He will intervene in interaction with the composers and the possibilities of extended techniques and preparation.
• Individual lessons
• Group lessons
• Musicians / composers working sessions beforehand of the Academy
• Presentation by professor and each student of his artistic approach and a selection of works
• All the old instruments will be presented ahead of time, by videoconference, with their particular possibilities, techniques and limits ;
• Workshop rehearsals ;
• Public concerts presenting the final works, with audio recording.
Teachers : Elena Rykova & Aurélien Dumont
Luthier : Christian Urbita
Ensemble Linea :
Keiko Murakami : Modern Flutes : double base flute, bass flute, alto flute, flute in C, piccolo | Renaissance flutes : flute in D (440 et 415), flute in G (440), flute in A (440) | Baroque flute : traverso en 415
Heidi Braesch : modern oboe, english horn, d’amore oboe, barytone oboe.
Antoine Pecqueur : modern bassoon, classic bassoon, baroque bassoon, contrabassoon
Thierry Spiesser : Tenor trombone, tenor sacqueboute
Caroline Delume : Modern guitars (6 strings, 10 strings, quarter-tone guitar), Theorb, baroque guitar
Aleksandra Dzenisenia : Cymbalum, Cimbalom (Belarusian)
Jean-Philippe Wurtz : direction
2022 Selected composers
Ben Richter (USA)
Ben Richter is a composer, accordionist, and director of Ghost Ensemble. Inspired by nonhuman consciousness, emergent perceptual horizons, and the potential of the act of listening to create experiences of community healing, Ben’s compositions mark humanity’s transient yet vital role within the immensity of geologic time. Wind People, described as “a multifaceted texture that evokes the primeval” (Meg Wilhoite) and “cloudy, mysterious, and dark ... Beckettian in its slow spread” (Brian Olewnick), was featured on Ghost Ensemble’s debut LP We Who Walk Again, selected as one of Bandcamp Daily’s 10 Best Contemporary Classical Albums of 2018. As a performer, Ben also explores the extended microtonal and timbral potential of the accordion; immersive just-intonation accordion work Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean was hailed by Stephen Smoliar as “likely to offer a profound impact on the very nature of listening.” A student of Pauline Oliveros, Ben Richter holds a BA from Bard College, MM from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and DMA from CalArts.
Tímea Hvozdíková (Slovakia)
Tímea Hvozdíková (*1998) is a Slovak composer based in Salzburg and Bratislava, currently studying at Universität Mozarteum in the class of Johannes Maria Staud. Her work currently questions the concept of time, inhabitation of space, psychological perception of music with extremely reduced parameters. Her most notable pieces include Nezábudka II premiered by Estonian philharmonic chamber choir and Tallinn chamber orchestra at the ISCM World Music Days in Tallinn, NN (commissioned by Philharmonie de Paris) premiered by Ensemble Multilatérale or Slip by Les Métaboles. Tímea is a two-time winner of a grant from Central European Foundation for outstanding academic achievements, she has also been awarded a one-year stipend from Slovak Arts Council to continue her research on the effects of synaesthesia on the creative process and the subsequent perception of music in space. She was one of the laureates at the GENERACE international composition competition two years in a row with her pieces Výkriky and Nezábudka III.
Eunhye Joo (South Korea)
Eunhye Joo(*1996 in Seoul) studied composition at Hanyang University(College of music) and graduated with distinction in 2019.
Since 2020 she has been studying composition(Master) at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim with Prof. Sidney Corbett.
She was elected to the 28th Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival(Southkorea), the Chamber Session of the Darmstadt Summer Music Festival 2018(Germany), the 46th ISCM Pan-Music Festival(Southkorea), the Synthesis Final Concert 2019(Poland), She-lives masterclass Final Concert 2019(Hungary), reMusik 8th Saint-Petersburg International New Musik Festival(Russia), Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy 2021(Sweden), Mannheim City of Music Festival(Germany), Neukölln Originaltöne Festival 2021(Germany), Klangwerkstatt Berlin Festival für Neue Musik(Germany), the 32th Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival(Southkorea), 3. International Composer’s Workshop 2021/22 Presentation Concert by AsianArt Ensemble(Germany), and the International Young Composers Academy Ticino 2022(Switzerland).
Her work was performed by Ensemble SONOR XXI, Ensemble Eins, Ensemble Via Nova, Ensemble Hashtag, Ensemble Impronta, Ensemble Recherche, Munich Tetra Brass Ensemble, Georg Katzer Ensemble Berlin, IEMA Alumni Ensemble, AsianArt Ensemble, and Les Percussions de Strasbourg.
Septian Dwi Cahyo (Indonesia)
Septian Dwi Cahyo study composition with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. His pieces were (and will be) performed in Southeast Asia, Europe, America, East Asia, and Mexico by ensembles/musicians such as Orkest de Ereprijs, Talea Ensemble, Caroline Delume (Linea), Studio Musikfabrik x ASEAN Youth Ensemble, etc. His music often stands at the threshold; liminal 'space' between European aesthetic and local music in Indonesia. His pieces also published in Babelscore.
Siebe Thijs (Belgium)
Siebe Thijs (1999), born in Gent, Belgium, studied piano and practical harmony at the Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst (BE) during his childhood. In 2017, he started studying a Bachelor in composition at the Conservatory of Ghent (BE). Currently, Siebe is finishing his Master in composition with Wim Henderickx and Bram Van Camp at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (BE). In the meantime he received masterclasses from Mauro Lanza, Malin Bang, Juste Janulyte, Frederik Neyrinck, Daan Janssens, Martijn Padding, Claude Ledoux, Lisa Streich, Ansgar Beste, amongst others. In the past few years, Siebe his compositions have been performed by both established ensembles, orchestra’s and promising artists such as Arditti Quartet, ICTUS ensemble, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, I SOLISTI, Extended Music Collective and many more. He also participated in international composition courses, such as the International Young Composers Academy in Ticino led by Oscar Bianchi, Soundmine and the I SOLISTI Composers Lab. In his music, Siebe is constantly searching for the development of intriguing timbres and textures, as well as for a valuable incorporation of live electronics and new media into his musical writing.
Paulo Brito (Brazil)
Brazilian-American composer Paulo Brito is the First-Prize Winner of the Tōru Takemitsu Composition Award (Japan) and has been featured at international venues including the Shanghai Conservatory New Music Week (China), Royaumont Festival (France), Meitar Ensemble Contemporary Encounters Festival (Israel), and the Weiwuying International Musical Festival (Taiwan). His music has notably been performed by Nō theater performer Ryoko Aoki, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Weiwuying Contemporary Music Group, and Ensemble Linea. A 2021 fellow of the “Voix Nouvelles” Academy in Royaumont, France, he earned his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Toronto in 2022 with his piece Ornithomancy, a commission of Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. This summer, his new pieces will be premièred by Ensemble Linea at the Cordes-sur-Ciel Festival and by Ensemble Ars Nova at the Annecy Festival/European Creative Academy.
Minuo Lu (China)
MINZUO LU (*1991 in Shanghai, China) is a composer and artist currently residing in Karlsruhe, Germany. This year she completed her composition studies as a soloist with Prof. Wolfgang Rihm and Prof. Markus Hechtle at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. During her studies she received Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg 2021 and Wolfgang Rihm Stiftung 2021/22 and so on. She has created almost 47 works, eight of which have won prizes in various international composition competitions in the USA, Canada, China, Austria, Italy and Poland and Portugal.
Natalia Laguens Getino (Spain)
Natalia Laguens is an spanish-brazilian music composer and artist. She graduated in Psychology, Contemporary Music Composition and took a filmmaking master’s degree that allowed her to delve into screenwriting and film direction. In addition, she has studied with different teachers and participated in various courses and workshops related to contemporary and film music as well as music production, and her pieces have been performed in cities such as Madrid, Varna, London or Seoul. Nowadays she continues to be involved in the creation of different artistic projects related to writing, the audiovisual world and contemporary, pop and film music composition, trying to find and develop her own language beyond forms.
Sofie Meyer (Danemark)
Sofie Meyer is a Danish composer, violin player and improvisor. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Tallinn, Estonia under the guidance of Helena Tulve. Throughout the years she has received guidance from composers such as Toshio Hosokawa, Chaya Czernowin, Bent Sørensen and Juste Janulyté and her works have been performed by ensembles including the ICTUS Ensemble, Ensemble Fractales and YXUS Ensemble. In 2021 she presented Denmark at the Young Nordic Music Festival and she is the winner of Deus Ex Musica 2022.
Sofie is interested in working with ecological aesthetics of listening and for the time being her projects evolve around natural phenomena of cellular life and death rules, searching to transform those into sonic perceptions.
Paweł Malinowski (Poland)
Paweł Malinowski (*1994) puts the musical objects from the past in a new context. He is interested in camp, Roxette songs, and ordinary stories about daily life.
His music was performed by the ensembles and including members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Roche-Zöllner Duo, Ensemble Modern, NJYD, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble, United Instruments of Lucilin during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Fringe, Gaudeamus, Sacrum Profanum, Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Pulsar Festival, Warsaw Autumn and others.
Currently, he is working on a DMA in composition under prof. Wojciech Widłak at Academy of Music Krakow. He graduated with honours from the Academy of Music in Krakow (Masters) and he studied composition (MMus) under Juliana Hodkinson, Niels Rønsholdt, and Simon Steen-Andersen at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.
Augustina Crespo (Argentina)
Agustina Crespo is a composer and singer from Argentina. Graduated with honors at the Argentinean Catholic University of Argentina, she is currently finishing the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Music with specialization in Composition and Singing at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Buenos Aires and writing her PhD thesis. She works as a professor at the National University of Tres de Febrero (Argentina) and at the National University of Quilmes (Argentina). She studied with composers Marta Lambertini, Juan Ortíz de Zárate, Julio Viera, Gerardo Gandini and Marcelo Delgado. She also studied with Beat Furrer, Iván Fedele, Martín Matalón, Ian Maresz and Mathias Spahlinger in such festivals as Acanthes, Forum Nueva Música and International Academy of composition and New Techonologies. She has received awards and scholarships on several occasions and her works have been recorded by important Contemporary Music groups and performed in numerous concert halls in Argentina and other countries such as Uruguay, Colombia, Spain, France, Germany and the United States. In the area of singing, she works as mezzo soprano in the Inaudita Music Ensemble (Argentina) and is at the moment finishing her last year of Lyric Singing career.
Instagram : @_agustinacrespo