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Summer Academy courses at Viitasaari Time of Music Festival 3.-9.7. open for applications

Time of Music Festival (Viitasaari, Finland) offers in the summer 2018 interesting opportunities to study contemporary music. We welcome all interested music students and young professionals, both composers and musicians to deepen their knowledge of the classics of contemporary music and enhance their skills in composition and improvisation.

Composer course is taught by the prize-winning composer Chaya Czernowin. Her music has been performed throughout the world, by some of the best orchestras and performers of new music. She has held a professorship at UCSD, and was the first woman to be appointed as a composition professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), and at Harvard University, USA (2009 and on) where she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music. Deadline for applications for composer course is February 16th.

Improvisation course and Electronics lab take applications until March 31st. Improvisation course is lead by vocalist and composer Jennifer Walshe and Japanese sound poet and improviser Tomomi Adachi. The artists have been performing together since meeting in New York in 2010, focusing on the combination of their voices with electronics, objects and instruments. The masterclass ends in public concerts during the last days of the Festival.

Electronics lab offers meeting points and different working modules for composers, performers and professionals in music technology, thus giving a possibility to get involved with the latest technology (such as gesture capturing) in contemporary music. Experts of IRCAM (Serge Lemouton and Frederick Bevilacqua) and highly experienced performers and composers (amongst others Rolf Wallin, Alexander Schubert and  Sampo Haapamäki to mention a few) participating in the festival programme visit  the lab that enables all interested to participate at their own level of technical knowledge. The host for the lab is composer Sami Klemola, artistic director of defunensemble.

Course fee for active students is 250 € and passive students is 100 €. Active student fee includes entrance to all Festival concerts that are not fully booked. All courses are taught in English.