Performance Practice in Contemporary Music (PPCM)

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Paradise © Johannes Gellner
Paradise © Johannes Gellner
Electric Dreams © Johannes Gellner
Electric Dreams © Johannes Gellner
Electric Dreams © Johannes Gellner


Professorship by Klangforum Wien at the Kunstuniversität Graz

The University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG) has long been active in a wide range of contemporary music, in both composition and interpretation. Our strength in contemporary music is highlighted by our internationally renowned composition department, many performances given in a multitude of concert formats, and competitions. Starting in winter semester 2009/10 two new educational programs, Performance Practice in Contemporary Music (a master’s study program and a postgraduate course) have been launched. These programs offer instrumentalists for the first time the chance to receive a degree within the field of contemporary music: their major artistic subject will be tought by a dedicated professorship. Their curriculum is innovative in two striking respects: the repertoire and performance practice may react directly to current developments in contemporary music; and the professorship is not only assigned to a single teacher but to an internationally renowned ensemble, the Klangforum Wien.

A common concert performed by students and as well their lecturers in the MUMUTH is the highlight of every year's PPCM course.

Projects as Part of the Study Course

SCAN

In the current study program an experimental projects series is beeing continued. SCANis an interactive composition and improvisation project which aims at involving musicians in a fresh mode of musical creation and interaction, offering them a new interpretation of their role as performers. Based on existing works – this year by Beat Furrer – which in the course of the performance will also be presented in their original shape, the participants will distil certain horizontal and vertical layers from both pieces, changing their instrumentation and giving them a new musical interpretation. Based on and working with this newly created material they will re-compose and improvise, acoustically as well as involving electronics.
This will result in a re-contextualisation of musical processes which, during the developmental phase, will be partly determined but also in part left open deliberately, thus achieving a degree of complexity in this “screening of the material” that would be unthinkable with a more traditional approach.
(Uli Fussenegger)

Johann-Joseph-Fux Composer’s Competition for Opera
At the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, PPCM students as well as participants in other study courses publicly present the operas written by the winners of this international competition. These works are premièred at the MUMUTH (House for Music and Music Theatre), Graz, as part of the festival steirischerherbst / ORF musikprotokoll.


Martin Hiendl — Paradise
An opera and installation by composer Martin Hiendl, performed by PPCM students.
World premiere: October 9, 2016, steirischer herbst / ORF musikprotokoll, at MUMUTH Graz.

Operas of the Future
A second opportunity for PPCM students to practice putting an opera on stage presents itself in the form of the annual new production of short operas written by young composers in the context of “Operas of the Future” at the Opera House Graz.

PPCM, with its focus on hands-on experience, also includes chamber music performances, the participation of students in interdisciplinary projects, musicological symposia and the impuls-Academy, as well as a concert series at the Porgy and Bess for Jeunesse musicale in Vienna.

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16 December 2018
8.30 p.m.
Larissa, Municipal Conservatory outHEAR New Music Week Master Class for Composition and Concert 2 UA

December 12th - 16th, 2018

Intensive seminar for composition with one-to-one lessons, master classes, rehearsals, discussions and performances centering on submitted compositions for string quartet. A cooperation between Kunst Uni Graz, Aristotle University Thessaloniki and the Municipality of Larissa.

At the end of the master classes Klangforum Wien will perform the newly composed works.

Javier Quislant — erinnerungs.vermögen
Dylan Lardelli — Mapping, an Inlay
Jorge Diego Vazquez Salvagno — De noche la puerta abierta world premiere
Zhuosheng Jin — Immobilized Motions
Alejandro Mata — Transitions
Alexandros Spyrou — (sic) world premiere

Annette Bik, violin
Gunde Jäch-Micko, violin
Dimitrios Polisoidis, viola
Andreas Lindenbaum, violoncello

Lecturers:
Dimitri Papageorgiou (Aristotle University Thessaloniki)
Orestis Toufektsis (KUG)
Clemens Gadenstätter (KUG)

www.outhearnewmusic.com

13 September 2018
Nicosia, European University Cyprus PPCM Young Performers Repertoire Projects

Young Performers Repertoire, part of the larger Interfaces EU-funded project, aims to cover up the indisputable lack of sufficient repertoire of innovative, New Music for children aged 6 -10. Therefore, international composers have been commissioned to compose works between 5 to 8 minutes for commonly played instruments and/or chamber music groups adding to the repertoire taught at music schools or within the music classes of schools where feasible. The culmination of the project will be concerts of this new repertoire together with the creation of an open electronic archive of scores. A training seminar will be held in Cyprus for preparing the instructors who are involved in the teaching of this new repertoire.

More under: interfaces.euc.ac.cy

2 June 2017
7.30 p.m.
Wien, Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal PPCM PPCM in concert

Students of Performance Practice in Contemporary Music (PPCM) interpret works by three of their lecturers at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, who are among the mort important composers of contemporary music (Classic Voice, 2017) at the same time: Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Georg Friedrich Haas.

Bernhard Lang — DW29
Klaus Lang — Origami
Gerd Kühr — Come una Pastorale
Beat Furrer — Spazio immergente
Georg Friedrich Haas — Tria ex uno

Albert Hosp, presentation
main coordinator: Dimitrios Polisoidis

24 April 2016
6 p.m.
Graz, St. Andrä Klangforum PLUS PPCM/ in a large open space

Die Pfarre St. Andrä im multikulturellen Bezirk Gries ist ein wichtiger Treffpunkt für Menschen, die nach Graz emigriert sind – darunter viele Jugendliche aus den aktuellen Krisenregionen. Die Idee des Projekts der PPCM-Klasse ist es, diese jungen Menschen in die jährliche Konzertpräsentation einzubinden. more informations

address: St. Andrä Pfarre, Kernstockgasse 9, 8020 Graz

23 April 2016
7.30 p.m.
Graz, St. Andrä Klangforum PLUS PPCM/ in a large open space

Die Pfarre St. Andrä im multikulturellen Bezirk Gries ist ein wichtiger Treffpunkt für Menschen, die nach Graz emigriert sind – darunter viele Jugendliche aus den aktuellen Krisenregionen. Die Idee des Projekts der PPCM-Klasse ist es, diese jungen Menschen in die jährliche Konzertpräsentation einzubinden. more informations

address: St. Andrä Pfarre, Kernstockgasse 9, 8020 Graz

17 January 2016
8 p.m.
Vienna, Porgy & Bess Klangforum PLUS PPCM/ fast forward

Bernhard Lang — DW 3
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Bernhard Lang — DW 1.2

Klangforum Wien gemeinsam mit Studierenden der Richtungen PPCM und Jazz der Kunstuniversität Graz
IEM Graz, Live Elektronik
Leitung und Einstudierung: Dimitrios Polisoidis, Gerald Preinfalk

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