New Music Conference 2021
Do you work professionally in music and does November Music’s festival programming feel like home to you? Be prepared for a day full of inspiring presentations, pitches, workshops and panel discussions on themes that are essential to this day and age. Please come and share your knowledge and experience during the New Music Conference 2021 which is presented to you by Buma Cultuur and November Music. Build your international network, in the official, carefully supervised matchmaking sessions, or in and around the Verkadefabriek café or restaurant. Combine your attendance at the conference with a selection of November Music’s festival programme.
New Music Conference will kick off with two inquisitive minds who will catch up for the first time in 16 years and who will reflect on composing, sound, art and life itself: Rebecca Saunders, November Music composer-in-focus, and Michel van der Aa, who is present at this year’s festival with his spectacular virtual reality installation Eight.
In 2019, Saunders (London, 1967) became the first female composer to win the prestigious Ernst von Siemens music prize, putting her in line with names such as György Ligeti, Wolfgang Rihm and Mauricio Kagel. After the conference, Ensemble Modern will play a number of her larger ensemble works in Willem Twee Toonzaal.
Like Rebecca Saunders, Michel van der Aa (Oss, 1970) has built an impressive repertoire that has been performed by notable ensembles worldwide. His sparkling, 15-minute VR-production Eight can be enjoyed – one visitor at the time – in the Matzer room in Verkadefabriek throughout the festival and during the conference. Van der Aa will introduce the work to his audience after the keynote talk.