nmh at ultima academy: music with the real
Sep
17
to Sep 18

nmh at ultima academy: music with the real

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This series of lectures, open rehearsals and performance workshops examines the practices of composers actively engaged in letting the outside world into their music.  

What new languages are created when “real-life” sounds meet purely musical material? What new dialogues and meanings come to the fore?

With Hans-Thies Lehmann, Eero Tarasti, Anne Danielsen, Håkon Stene and composers Henrik Hellstenius, Carola Bauckholt, Johannes Kreidler, Joanna Bailie , Matthew Shlomowitz. 

Open for musicians, composers, actors and dancers.

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leonardo da vinci - david toop and heloisa amaral in conversation
Sep
13
9:30 PM21:30

leonardo da vinci - david toop and heloisa amaral in conversation

A new music-text-film work for Ultima by David  Toop, performed by Elaine Mitchener, is based around the scientific and artistic thought patterns of the quintessential ‘Renaissance Man’, Leonardo da Vinci. In conversation with Ultima Academy curator Heloisa Amaral, David Toop discusses this multilayered piece. Read more here.

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richard taruskin: scientifica & mirabilia
Sep
13
8:30 PM20:30

richard taruskin: scientifica & mirabilia

In his massive Turangalîla-Symphony, which opens this year’s Ultima festival, Olivier Messiaen speaks of life, death, God and nature. With the composer’s love for birds and birdsong as a starting point, Richard Taruskin discusses the symbolic use of birds in the language of music: prophetic birds, messengers from beyond. This lecture links nature, music and the supernatural in a true Wunderkammer spirit.

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henrik h. svensen: anthropocene, or the age of man
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

henrik h. svensen: anthropocene, or the age of man

The Anthropocene is the geological designation for the era in which we live today. Humans and our activities dominate the planet and circumvent nature, irreparably altering many aspects of the Earth’s inbuilt systems. Award-winning geologist Henrik H. Svensen talks about the cultural and scientific issues at stake in the Age of Man. Read more here.

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sensate focus - alexander schubert and rob young in conversation
Sep
12
2:00 PM14:00

sensate focus - alexander schubert and rob young in conversation

Before turning to composition, German composer Alexander Schubert had extensive training in neurobiology and computer sciences. This has influenced his musical work, which focuses heavily on the links between light, gesture and sound. In conversation with Rob Young, Schubert talks about his new work for Ultima, Sensate Focus. Read more here

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luc ferrari: journal intime (film, 60 min., 2015)
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

luc ferrari: journal intime (film, 60 min., 2015)

Filmed alongside the world premiere recording of Ferrari’s brilliant, forgotten music theatre piece Journal Intime, this portrait by Testklang’s Aron Kitzig is made up of diary excerpts, interviews with his widow Brunhild as well as unpublished archive material that brings Ferrari’s own voice back to life. Read more here.

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a cabinet of curiosities
Sep
10
to Sep 13

a cabinet of curiosities

An immersive and experimental interpretation of the Renaissance-style Wunderkammer by students and artists connects works presented at the festival the world of nature and of natural sciences.   Our Wunderkammer is created by professional artists, composers, researchers, visual arts and musicology students from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and from the University of Oslo, Department of Musicology.Includes a performance program on Friday 11 September from 8-11pm.

 

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buenos aires: steen andersen, neue vocalsolisten, asamisimasa and esteban buch in conversation
Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

buenos aires: steen andersen, neue vocalsolisten, asamisimasa and esteban buch in conversation

Steen Andersen´s new opera deals with dictature, censorship and the cultural shock experienced during a long stay in the Argentine capital. Argentine musicologist Esteban Buch hosts a conversation with composer and performers (Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and asamisimasa), following the different phases of putting on a stage work. Read more here


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new music online (panel discussion)
Sep
18
2:30 PM14:30

new music online (panel discussion)

Streaming contemporary music can be tricky.  In this talk, musicians, producers, curators and tech people discuss how to match technological development with challenging or/and multimedial musical content a s well as how to create online contexts to present and distribute experimental music.

Panel discussion with Nordic Playlist, Erik Gard Amundsen, Pål Bratelund, Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm and Einar Idsøe Eidsvåg.

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utopian north
Sep
18
11:00 AM11:00

utopian north

Panel with Eivind Buene, David Brynjar Franzson, Ida Lundén, Simon Løffler, Maija Hynninen, Yngve Slettholm og Morten E. Pedersen

What are the advantages and disadvantages of living as a composer in the well funded Nordic states? In this forum, a handful of composers featured during Nordic Music Days 2014 discuss artistic life in the Nordic countries. Read more here

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badiou´s republic
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

badiou´s republic

We regret to announce that philosopher Alain Badiou will not be able to attend Ultima Academy this year. The planned events will take place in January 2015. More information will come soon. 

 

Philosopher/playwright Alain Badiou reads from his Plato’s Republic, discusses the role and ethics of art in contemporary society and introduces the notion of 'anesthetics'.  Read more here.

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scelsi revisited/analysis:anahit
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

scelsi revisited/analysis:anahit

With Ragnhild Berstad, Klangforum Wien, Emil Bernhardt, Dr Alessandra Pellegrini.

Eight composers – including Ragnhild Berstad – were commissioned to write works for Klangforum Wien based on Scelsi´s privately recorded improvisation tapes. This conversation will seek connections between Scelsi´s work and the new pieces, discuss technical and interpretation challenges. Plus Anahit - compositional and interpretation analysis. Read more here.

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book launch: music after 22 july
Sep
10
5:00 PM17:00

book launch: music after 22 july

Book launch: Music after July 22

Music played a cathartic role in the aftermath of the tragic events of July 22 in Norway. In the book Music after 22 July (published by The Norwegian Academy of Music, Centre for Health), musicians and researchers from the fields of musicology, media, music and health, literature and religion write about how music helped cope with grief and anger, how it brought together people and musicians from different social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as about its use in public and official ceremonies to express the vision of a more inclusive society. Read more here.

 

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