“Nordplus” intensive course “NORD+MIX”

The third intensive course NORD+MIX takes place in Vilnius from April 19 to 30, 2018. It is an interdisciplinary intensive hands-on workshop organized by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre together with nine partner institutions from Nordic/Baltic countries, financed by the NORDPLUS programme.

During the workshop 24 composers and 12 contemporary music performers tutored by 13 expert knowledge teachers of electronic/electroacoustic composition, sound art, improvisation, and music technology will learn how to create, develop and perform compositions in 360 degrees sound environment. The main topic of NORD+MIX is immersive sound utilizing higher order ambisonics available at the sound sphere of the Music Innovation Studies Centre (MiSC) of LMTA, which is as well portable to the larger concert venues. Immersive sound is used not only for electronic music experimentation, but also becomes a sound standard in the context of creative industry (virtual reality and 360 video).

According to individual preferences of students, three groups were formed: members of the 1st group will focus on compositions for instrumental musicians (with and without electronics), members of 2nd group will develop a group improvisational pieces on the spot, and the 3rd group will mix electroacoustic/acousmatic music pieces for the sound sphere.

All composition developed during the NORD+MIX will be presented for the larger audience at the cultural hub “Kablys” in Vilnius. Concert I, featuring purely electroacoustic music will take place on April 28, Saturday, at 10pm, and Concert II, featuring electronic music involving live musicians will be held on April 29, Sunday, at 6 pm.

Coordinating institution: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Partner institutions: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Lund University/Malmö Academy of Music, Norwegian Academy of Music, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Royal Danish Academy of Music, University of Arts/Sibelius Academy, University of Gothenburg/Academy of Music and Drama.

Teachers:
Alejandro Olarte, Andrew Bentley (Sibelius Academy)
Anders Tveit (Norwegian Academy of Music)
Hans Gunter Lock, Theodor Parker (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg (Royal Danish Academy of Music)
Henrik Frisk (Royal Music College in Stockholm)
Kent Oloffson (Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University)
Mantautas Krukauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Ríkharður Friðriksson (Iceland Academy of the Arts)
Staffan Mossenmark (Academy of Music and Drama/Gothenburg University)
Voldemārs Johansons (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music)

Students of composition:
Hermod Ringset Bentsen, Michael McCormick (Norwegian Academy of Music) 
Kirsten Milenko, Robert Durnin (Royal Danish Academy of Music)  
Maria Horn, Mattias Erik Hållsten (Royal Music College in Stockholm) 
Martino Torquati, Daniel Möllås (Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University)   
Olesja Kozlovska, Alise Rancāne (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music)
Paul Klooren, Markus Robam (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)  
Paola Livorsi, Matilda Seppälä, Tornike Karchkhadze, Ani Zakareishvili, Viktor Toikkanen (Sibelius Academy) 
Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson, Saevar Helgi Johannsson (Iceland Academy of the Arts)

Composers Jūra Elena Šedytė, Marija Paškevičiūtė, Monika Zenkevičiūtė, Aleksej Kalinin, Dainora Aleksaitė  and performers Dalia Krapavickaitė, Kristupas Gikas, Simonas Kaupinis, Monika Kiknadzė, Deimantas Jurevičius, Kazimieras Jušinskas, Greta Garmašaitė, Mėta Pelegrimaitė, Domantas Razmus, Kristupas Kmitas  (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Professional musicians:
Marta Finkelštein (piano), Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet)

More information about previous editions of NORD+MIX can be found on NORDPLUS Music website: http://nordplusmusic.net/index.php?id=234