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2007_ISCM - LITHUANIAN SECTION 

 
 

Annual Report

  • Year: 
    2007
  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    In 2006 the ISCM General Assembly granted the right to hold the World Music Days in 2008 to the ISCM Lithuanian Section. This global forum of contemporary music organised for the first time in the Baltic region and the post-Soviet space has become one more important impulse in promoting the activities of ISCM in Lithuania. The tradition of ISCM festivals and the vision of future World Music Days have been widely covered by Lithuanian cultural media. The progress of the project was presented to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009 Bureau and other governmental institutions. The World Music Days in Vilnius have been included into the programme of Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009 programme as its most important event of contemporary music.

    Preparations for future festivals have undoubtedly become an important dimension of self-awareness and a catalyser for self-renewal in the national contemporary music scene. Although Lithuanian contemporary music festivals are marked by aesthetic and cultural diversity, the context of world music as a global reality of the present time encourages the organisers to expand the geography of music presented during the events (in the direct and literal sense). The discovery of new territories of contemporary music not only helps to learn about unknown phenomena but also often encourages discovering parallels and similar tendencies even between geographically remote traditions. The international exchange programmes coordinated in 2001–2007 by the ISCM Lithuanian Section have added to such a multidimensional reception of contemporary music; then the Lithuanian audience had an opportunity to discover the most recent music from the Ukraine, Canada, Taiwan, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, USA, Japan, Argentina, South Korea, etc. This initiative that is becoming a tradition was continued by the events realised in 2006–2007 in cooperation with ISCM national sections. During the 2006 festival Iš arti, a chamber ensemble Fronteras del Silencio (leader and conductor Alejandro Iglesias Rossi) from Argentina performed compositions by Federico Martinez, Javier Alvarez, José Maria D`Angelo, Daniel Judkowski, Sergio Ortegz and Alejandro Iglesias Rossi. The same year the festival Gaida featured a concert of the Eclat Seoul ensemble (leader and conductor Jin Soo Kim) from South Korea which included opuses by South Korean, Japanese and Lithuanian composers: Seung Jae Chung, Isang Yun, Seung Hyun Yun, Vytautas Germanavičius and Vytautas Barkauskas. The results of long-term cooperation of the ISCM Lithuanian Section with the international contemporary music festival Iš arti are particularly conspicuous in the programme of 2007: music by composers from more than twenty various continents was performed by a duo from Belgium Duo Phoenix and Lithuanian musicians.

    In March 2007 the organizational group of the ISCM World Music Days, which includes representatives from the ISCM Lithuanian Section, Lithuanian Composers Union, Music Information and Publishing Centre and Vilnius Festivals, announced a Call for Works. 43 national sections and associated members of the ISCM representing the new music of their countries submitted the works from their countries, also almost 120 composers and publishers sent their pieces individually: over 350 works were sent to Vilnius in total. The organisers invited to submit works and projects related to the topic of ‘transition’, transformation, being ‘in between’, transgressing the boundaries of various genres, traditions and forms of art, reflecting on the links of contemporary creation with other relevant cultural experiences.

    In September 2007 all works were reviewed by a Lithuanian jury that selected 110 more interesting opuses from various countries. On 29–31 October an authoritative international jury worked in the Composers’ House, in Vilnius: Peter Eötvös (Hungary), Jonathan Harvey (United Kingdom), Luca Francesconi (Italy), Onutė Narbutaitė (Lithuania) and Helena Tulve (Estonia). From over a hundred scores the jury selected 37 opuses which will reveal an impressive global panorama of new music in 2008. Despite certain creative-aesthetic differences between the participants of the selection process, the jury was particularly enthusiastic about real manifestations of creativity, especially supporting courageous ideas by young composers.

    All selected opuses will form the dramaturgy of the festival, now in the process of creation, which leaves space for wonderful symphony and ensemble concerts and for less formal musical actions, itineraries and club events. The festival’s conception is created with the help of the music curator of Holland Festival Lieven Bertels (Belgium / The Netherlands). It is planed to announce the final programme of the festival in March 2008 and to open registration for the festival as well as ISCM General Assembly.

    In July 2007 the ISCM Executive Committee visited Vilnius and among other hot discussions focused also on preparation work for the ISCM World Music Days in Vilnius, discussed organisational and financial matters as well as visited halls and other spaces. For more information about preparations for the festival see the website www.wmd2008.org.

    The ISCM Lithuanian Section defines its function as a catalyser of international exchange and promoter of the ISCM activities in Lithuania acting within the framework of the main institution of contemporary music, Lithuanian Composers’ Union. The section is actively collaborating with various contemporary music festivals and the Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre. Projects initiated by the section are financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, The Culture and Sport Support Foundation, other national and international institutions. The activities of the ISCM Lithuanian Section are coordinated by Rūta Stanevičiūtė-Goštautienė (chair), Vytautas Germanavičius (vice-chair) and council (Rūta Gaidamavičiūtė, Osvaldas Bakalauskas, Vidmantas Bartulis, Linas Paulauskis, Gintaras Sodeika, Mindaugas Urbaitis, Vytautas V. Jurgutis).

    Rūta Stanevičiūtė Goštautienė

 

 

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