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) will be 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 concert performed by students and as well their lecturers in the MUMUTH is the highlight of every year's PPCM course.
In the current study program an experimental projects series is beeing continued. Scan is 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.
Martin Hiendl — Paradise
An opera and installation by composer Martin Hiendl, performed by PPCM students.
First performacne: October 9, 2016 steirischer herbst / ORF musikprotokoll, at MUMUTH Graz.