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ULYSSES NETWORK EU-PROJECT INVOLVING TIME OF MUSIC GETS EXTENSION

Time of Music has participated in Creative Europe’s ULYSSES contemporary classical music project since 2012. On June 3rd, Creative Europe announced, that the project will get an extension starting in October 2020 and lasting until October 2024. Total funding for the eleven participants throughout Europe will be 2 000 000 €, of which Time of Music’s share is about 165 000 €.

The project is managed by IRCAM in Paris. It includes residences for young composers and musicians, ensemble residences consisting of young artists, annual Ulysses Ensemble tours, new compositions, courses, and different kinds of communal projects. New partners in the extension are one of Europe’s oldest contemporary music festivals Warsaw Autumn Festival and Mixtur Festival from Barcelona.

“Participating in the project allows us to participate in co-commissioning at least two new large-scale contemporary music pieces, we will get new artists to make their debut in Finland, get to know previously unknown composers to us, and the Ulysses Ensemble will be in residence working with a wide variety of productions in the upcoming years” says Johan Tallgren, the artistic director of Time of Music festival. 

In addition to ULYSSES, Time of Music is also taking part in another new EU-project called Sounds Now. It is a network of European music festivals and cultural/music centers that promote contemporary music, experimental music and sound art. Sounds Now is especially concerned with the way in which curation reproduces the same patterns of power and exclusion that are dominant at all levels of our societies, and aims to actively stimulate diversity within contemporary music field. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the first Sounds Now projects for Time of Music are postponed to 2021. 

“The ULYSSES project has significantly increased our publicity internationally within the past years. In the recent years, we have had more courses than previously, and the amount of applicants is almost ten times higher compared to last decade. Altogether in our two EU-projects we have 18 international partners, with whom we work together to develop the field of contemporary music and bring such artist visits to Finland that otherwise would not be possible. Our networks are unique in the Finnish festival field considering our size. This extension is excellent news for Time of Music and the city of Viitasaari in these uncertain times” states Johan Tallgren.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Johan Tallgren, artistic director of Time of Music

email: [email protected], tel. +358 40 724 6345

www.timeofmusic.org

www.ulysses-network.eu

www.sounds-now.eu