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Musical Collisions and Radical Creativity with teacher Mark Applebaum

Musical Collisions and Radical Creativity course invites composers, performers, and composer-performers to examine the margins of musical culture in search of nonconformist, maverick, and eccentric creative impulses that radically expand the definition of art. Course topics include ritual in performance; the boundaries of musical indeterminacy; the ephemerality of silence; polyartists and dilettantes; the opportunities and perils of the “culture of one”; visual music, choreography, mixed media, and intermedia among others.

Participants will have the option to present their music to the group, get feedback on work in progress, and take optional lessons with Mark Applebaum. Daily meetings will consider the role of the “artistic collision” in the sphere of new music and media, and discuss musical works and ideas that serve as tools for leveraging innovation, questioning artistic boundary conditions, and celebrating the experimentalist’s aspiration to succeed but willingness to fail in search of new musical orientations. The course forms a group improvisation ensemble, learning John Zorn’s game piece “Cobra,” considering ways of interpreting graphic scores, and trying out ideas by the participants.

Mark Applebaum (born 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego where he studied principally with Brian Ferneyhough. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia with notable premieres at the Darmstadt summer sessions. He has received commissions from Betty Freeman, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Wien Modern, Antwerp’s Champ D’Action, Festival ADEvantgarde in Munich, Zeitgeist, MANUFACTURE (Tokyo), the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, the Jerome Foundation, and the American Composers Forum, among others. His music can be heard on recordings on the Innova, Tzadik, Capstone, and SEAMUS labels. As a jazz pianist, Applebaum has performed around the world. In 1994 he received the jazz prize of the Southern California Jazz Society. Additional information is available at
The course is a part of Summer Academy programme by Time of Music Festival held in Viitasaari, Finland July 4-9, 2017. Deadline to apply to the course is March 15th. Other Summer Academy courses are masterclass for conductors tutored by Susanna Mälkki and composition course by James Dillon. The festival programme will be published in May.

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More information:

Artistic director Johan Tallgren,, tel. +358 (0)40 724 6345