Contemporary compositional techniques and Open Music
A course by Rozalie Hirs and Nieuw Ensemble, Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2005/06)
During the academic year 2005/06, Rozalie Hirs is curator and teacher of the course Contemporary compositional techniques and OpenMusic at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The main body of the course is comprised of four lectures and ten workshops by Rozalie Hirs, as well as guest lectures by Tristan Murail (Columbia University), Mikhail Malt (IRCAM), Marco Stroppa (Hochschule für Musik, Stuttgart), Niels Bogaards (IRCAM) and Benjamin Thigpen. Seven hands-on sessions with the Nieuw Ensemble are curated by its artistic director Joël Bons.
The approach during the first semester (Part A) will be directed towards acquiring insight into compositional techniques and programming methods. During the second semester (Part B), the course is directed towards the application of the obtained knowledge. Essential to this part of the course is the development of original works by the participating composition students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. The final concert on June 9, 2006 by the Nieuw Ensemble concludes the course, presenting the new compositions to the public. The new book OpenMusic and Contemporary compositional will document the creative process of seven of the participating composers Justin Christensen, Miguelángel Clerc, Ignacio Fernández Bollo, Daniel Gutierrez Berumen, Ernesto Illescas-Peláez, Chikage Imai, Andrzej Kwiecinski and Rodrigo Tascón.
With special thanks to Marijke Hoogenboom, Professor of Art Practice and Artistic Development, Amsterdam University of the Arts, for her support.