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The International Festival of Contemporary Music - UNICUM - continues the tradition of the international festival Musica Danubiana which has its beginning in 1998 when it was organized for the first time by the Slovenian Section of Contemporary Music (ISCM). The first three concerts of that year were met with wide response. The programme consisted of new compositions written by authors from Slovenia and of new music from composers of ten different central European countries, which gave the audience the opportunity to learn more about the art of music in these countries. Since then Musica Danubiana had been organized every year and each time it offered something special.

The basic idea of the festival was to put Slovenian comtemporary music face to face with creations from abroad. As artistic director of the project I informed the public about these activities accordingly.

The sixth Musica Danubiana festival had been organized only a few weeks after the World Music Days � Slovenia 2003. WMD 2003 and Musica Danubiana can be considered the highlights of the Slovenian ISCM activities in 2003.

In 2004 Musica Danubiana was reorganized and provided with a new name. New concepts had been scheduled but could not be realised due to the lack of financial means.

The International Festival of Contemporary Music - UNICUM - took place from October 1 to October 9, 2004 and presented mostly chamber compositions. Among the performers were renowned soloists and ensembles, one of them the Ensemble of New Music of the Academy of Music in Ljubljana under the artistic guidance of Prof. Toma� Lorenz. The concert included works from three professors of composition and three students of composition and had its debut performance in Amsterdam in April 2004. The performance during the UNICUM festival was the first repetition of this concert.

A novelty in the UNICUM festival was the intodruction of a puppet and dance performance - IVANA - with the original music for adults. The script, artistic conception and direction were delivered by Silvano Omerzu. Jani Golob was the author of the music and MD7 the performing ensemble (the ensemble had been established on an initiative of the Musica Danubiana festival).

The Austrian �Neues Ensemble�, led by the composer and conductor Alfred Peschek, performed in one the halls of the Ljubljana Castle. A performance of the ensemble TRAIECT from Romania had been on schedule, too, but could not be realised because their performance was cancelled in the last minute (just before the final programme edition) due to financial problems.

Our plans had been very optimistic. In addition to the TRAIECT Ensemble from Romania, we planned to have performances with the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta from Luxembourg, the quartet MIKADO and many others.

Last year's emphasis was on works of Slovenian authors. The festival programme included creations of composers like Ivo Petrić, Vinko Globokar, Uro� Krek, Pavel Mihelčič, Primo� Ramov�, Aldo Kumar, Milko Lazar, Nana Forte, Nina �enk, Marjan Mlakar, Uro� Rojko, Marko Mihevc, Jani Golob, Slavko Ludwig �uklar, Nenad Fir�t, Bla�enka Arnič Leme�, Črt Sojar Voglar and Peter �avli. Thus, UNICUM featured works of 18 Slovenian composers, including original music for a whole evening concert, some premiere performances and in some cases two compositions from just one author.

Already the former international festival Musica Danubiana started to establish contacts between Slovenian composers and composers from abroad. The International Festival of Contemporary Music UNICUM intends to continue this idea and open its doors even wider � both to the inside and to the outside. The future aims of the festival are to give more emphasis on scene projects like puppet performances, chamber operas and dance. In general, we will stick to our original programme concept of chamber compositions with preference to smaller ensembles looking for new sounds.


Pavel Mihelčič


ISCM Slovene section