The Brasil Project

 



Contemporary Brasilian Music: The Brasil Project by UMS 'n JIP commissions works for either recorder, voice & electronics in any combination for 2 performers by contemporary Brasilian or Brasil-based composers.

The program intends to introduce different contemporary Brasilian composer's works which are complementary to UMS 'n JIP's own works and/or especially inspiring for them. The Brasil Project has collaborated with different structures such as Agua Forte and Musica Estranha in Sao Paolo. Initiated in late 2017, the first world premieres are scheduled in 2018 in Switzerland, followed by further dates within the regular international tours of UMS 'n JIP.

Composers & Partners: Thiago Cury



Neue Musik aus Brasilien: The Brasil Project ist ein Programm mit Werkaufträgen
für Stimme, Blockflöten und Elektronik an brasilianische oder in Brasilien wirkende KomponistInnen.

Das Programm bietet ein Panoptikum der aktuellen brasilianischen Kompositionsszene, die hierzulande in der Schweiz kaum bekannt ist. Eine besondere Zusammenarbeit besteht mit Agua Forte und dem Festival Musica Estranha in Sao Paolo. Die ersten Auftragswerke werden 2018 in der Schweiz uraufgeführt, gefolgt von einer Lateinamerika-Tour und weiteren Aufführungen während den regulären internationalen Tourneen des schweizer Duos.

Komponisten & Partner: Thiago Cury

   

UMS 'n JIP ['umsnjip] is one of the most innovative and accomplished Swiss contemporary music ensembles. Founded in 2007 by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP], it is, alongside Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Kronos Quartet, one of the most active contemporary music ensembles worldwide commissioning >10 works (2013: 28) and performing >100 (2012: 136) international concerts annually, including mobile chamber operas & multimedia performances. UMS 'n JIP explore new musical and scenic settings for voice, recorders and electronics ranging from live to digital performance as well as European to non-European music. Since their studies (composing, audio design & musical performance) in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been invited to prestigious contemporary music and theatre festivals (Avignon, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Shanghai, Donaueschingen, Hong Kong, New York, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Basel, Bern, Paris, Strasbourg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga) where they have premiered more than 200 works as soloists and as a duo, collaborating with both world famous and aspiring young composers such as Goebbels, Rihm, Kagel, Reimann, Eötvös, Stefan Pohlit, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Chikashi Miyama, Huang Ruo, Wen Deqing and Guo Wenjing. UMS 'n JIP are also involved in the direction of the Swiss Contemporary Music Festival Forum : : Wallis, chaired by the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis/Switzerland IGNM-VS. They are board member of ISCM Switzerland and board member of the UNESCO Commission for the Inventory of Cultural Heritage in the Canton of Valais. Within these structures, UMS 'n JIP have initiated more than additional 200 projects and commissions. Since 2013 UMS 'n JIP take part in two international research projects: The Recorder Map and i-Treasures. UMS 'n JIP is coached by Irvine Arditti.

UMS (BIOGRAPHY).

Extraordinary diversity describes the composer and multi-instrumentalist Ulrike Mayer-Spohn who plays the recorder (with focus on contemporary music), as well as historical string instruments (fiddle and baroque violin). She studied composition and audio design with Erik Oña at the Studio of Electronic Music, Academy of Music, Basel, beginning to compose in 2007, and receiving commissions from the festival forum Valais and the international New Music Days, Shanghai. Her work has been performed by the Stuttgart Vocal soloists, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Vertigo, DissonArt, L'Arsenale, cool a cappella (1st Prize world choir games 2008) and her own ensemble Ums' n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece, Italy, Russia, Australi , the USA and China, premiered under the baton of Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg Henneberger and Filippo Perocco and broadcast by the Swiss radio. She was awarded the 2nd Prize in the composition competition Culturescapes 2010, 2nd Prize in the composition competition at the Bern music festival 2011, the Scholarship Award for 2011 at the Music Village Mount Pelion in Greece and the Call for Scores Award L'Arsenale Treviso, Italy 2011. With the ensemble Ums' n Jip she has undertaken research in the field of musical theater (chamber operas One, Two, Three, Four, Five), live electronic music and sound spacialization. She studied recorder with Ulrike Mauerhofer at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum Basel before specializing in contemporary music and studying with Dorothea Winter at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2009-11 she received a specialized master in contemporary performance at the HSM in Basel supervised by Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss and Mike Svoboda and has taken masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen, Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq and Gerd Lünenbürger. She studied baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and David Plantier and fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel. Ulrike Mayer-Spohn works with internationally leading composers and annually plays more than 20 world premieres dedicated to her, which she has recorded for the radio as well as VDE Gallo on CD. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen, she established the experimental new music duo Ums `N Jip for voice, recorder and electronics, which, alongside Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain and Kronos is one of the most active ensembles worldwide and in 2011 won the prestigious MusiquePro scholarship. Since 1999, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn has also performed as a recorder player, violinist, violist and fiddle player in specialized early music ensembles such as the Amsterdam Barok Compagnie, Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne, Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and has performed in Germany, China, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
www.ulrikems.info



JIP (BIOGRAPHY).

Javier Hagen, tenor and countertenor, is one of the most surprising classical singers of his generation: new music, performance art and Swiss folk music rank equally in his repertoire alongside opera and early music. Hagen was born in 1971 in Barcelona in the Mediterranean and raised in the Valais Alps. He studied classical singing in Germany, Italy and Switzerland with Roland Hermann, Alain Billard and Nicolai Gedda, and composition with Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm. He studied Lied with Irwin Gage, Hartmut Holl and Ernst Haefliger and early music with Karel van Steenhoven and Kees Boeke. He has a four-octave vocal range. Hagen has worked with world-class composers such as Reimann, Kagel, Rosemann and Eötvös and leading artists from the worlds of poetry and constructivist art. Guest appearances have taken him to the modern music festivals in Donaueschingen, Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Karlsruhe, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Bologna, Milan, Prague, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga, Avignon and Berlin. Alongside operatic roles such as Handel's Giulio Cesare, Zsupan (Kalman), Dardanus (Rameau), Stanislaus (Zeller) and Pappacoda (Strauss), Javier Hagen has premiered more than 200 works, including operas 'à l'air en verre' by Daniel Mouthon 'eismeer' by Christoph Schiller, 'poem ohne held' by Regina Irman, 'esther de racine' by Boris Yoffe, 'The Madman's Diary' by Guo Wenjing, 'Marienglas' by Beat Gysin, 'Les Musiciens de Brème' by Wen Deqing, 'Keyner nit' by Mathias Steinauer and almost all vocal works by Maria Porten. He has made more than 50 recordings and broadcasts for Swiss and German radio and television. He won prizes at international contemporary music and composition competitions in 2001, 04 and 08 in Basel, Lausanne and Dusseldorf. In 2003, his distorted folk song arrangements "s´sch mr alles 1 Ding" were released on CD on the Swiss label "musiques suisses". His compositions, in particular the vocal works are performed throughout Europe, Israel, China, Korea, Russia, Australia, North and Central America, by ensembles and conductors including Titus Engel, Ensemble Phoenix, Basler Madrigalisten, Schweizer Jugendchor, Philip Bride, Eliana Burki, Amar Quartet. In 2012, a selection of his graphic scores will be shown at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art ‘haus konstruktiv’ in Zurich. At the European Youth Choir Festival 2012, Javier Hagen represented German-speaking Switzerland in the context of 'Swiss Composers meet Europe'. With Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Hagen formed the experimental new music duo UMS 'N JIP, which, with over 100 concerts annually is one of the most active contemporary music ensembles around the world and winner of the prestigious scholarship MusiquePro. Javier Hagen, who speaks 6 languages also directs the contemporary music festival forum :: wallis, he is expert in experimental music theater at the University of Arts in Bern, President of the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis / Switzerland ISCM VS as well as board member of ISCM Switzerland. He presents guest lectures at universities in Shanghai, Moscow, Adelaide, Moscow, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Paris, Riga and Hong Kong. He is a jury member at national and international composition and new music competitions and a member of various committees on behalf of Valais and for the inventory of the cultural heritage on behalf of UNESCO. In 2007 he was nominated for "Walliser of the year." In 2013 he is awarded the Prix Culturel de l'Etat du Valais. www.javierhagen.ch

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