Netherlands, Utrecht

Contemporay Sextet Ensemble

when 9 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 750

Insomnio organizes in cooperation with HKU - conservatoire and Utrecht Summer school 2016 a course for contemporary ensemble music.

INSOMNIO, an ensemble for contemporary music, was founded in 1997. Through the years the ensemble grew out into a group of 17 musicians with an international orientation. In recent years, the strong love of the musicians for contemporary music, their sheer boundless energy and their enthusiasm has resulted in well-received projects both within the Netherlands and abroad.
In recent years, INSOMNIO performed in several venues for contemporary music both within the Netherlands and abroad. The ensemble was present at festivals in, amongst others, England, Germany, Spain, Indonesia, South-Africa and China. In 2007 INSOMNIO was appointed as ensemble-in-residence of the ISCM, the International Society for Contemporary Music.


The course contains studying some key works from the contemporary 20th and 21st century repertoire for sextet (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
Compositions from Boulez, Carter, Sch?nberg, Reich, Rzewski, Xenakis en Mantovani
will be used to practice and to analyze for better comprehension of contemporary composing.
In addition to studying the composition there will be given attention to music theoretical and historical context wherein the pieces were written and originally performed.

Deepening of knowledge, and so strengthen the basis for the interpretation of the pieces is expressly the intention and subject of the course.
The support during the course is provided by the musicians and the conductor of Insomnio. They will focus on the individual musicianship, the ensemble interaction, the rehearsal technique and of course the interpretation of the compositions.

Course leader

Idske Bakker

Target group

Bachelor and master students of music (performing arts) who wish to improve on their performance technique in ensembles.

Course aim

For both bachelor and master students of music:
- to develop skills in ensemble playing
- to work towards a public concert
- to broaden repertoire knowledge

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 550: Course + course materials

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