ULYSSES Ensemble 2023

Young Europe-based Musicians

Timeline

Submission period

Wed Oct 26 at 08AM UTC

End of submission period

Wed Jan 18, 2023 at 03PM UTC

Results date

Wed Mar 1, 2023 at 03PM UTC

Restrictions

Musicians born after January 1, 1991

Inspired by the grand tours of classical musicians travelling through Europe and the goals of training and enriching the practices of young musicians, the ULYSSES Network brings together 11 European institutions for the promotion and professionalization of young composers. With the ULYSSES Ensemble, the ULYSSES Network reached a new peak in 2017, concentrating its efforts on young performers in the domain of new music. The ULYSSES Ensemble will tour from June to July 2023, visiting several European academies and festivals (Divertimento, ManiFeste Festival, Fondation Royaumont,.
With the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program.

The ULYSSES Ensemble consists of 8 musicians: 1 flute (also picc, alto, bass), 1 clarinet (also bass, contrabass), 1 trumpet (also picc), 1 piano, 1 percussion, 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello. 

CALL OPEN UNTIL WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2023 4:00PM (Paris GMT)

PROGRAMS OF THE 3 STOPS

STOP 1 – DIVERTIMENTO 
Friday, June 16 — Thursday, June 22, 2023 @Milan (Italy)
Concert on Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Educational Advisor: Sandro Gorli (conductor)
With the participation of Ginevra Nervi, voice soloist 

For its first stop, Italian conductor Sandro Gorli will invite Italian composer Daniele Ghisi and Spanish composer Mikel Urquiza to attend rehearsals with the ULYSSES ensemble to work closely on their pieces, Black Rain and Les lueurs se sont multipliées, as well as with young Turkish composer Senay Uğurlu (b. 1997) to create her new piece for small ensemble and electronics, a commission by Divertimento, Fondation Royaumont and IRCAM, endorsed by the ULYSSES network. In addition, young musicians will work on Alex Mincek, poco a poco, they will rerun in Fondation Royaumont during their last stop. Thus, they will experience to rehearse and perform this piece twice with 2 different conductors.  
. Daniele Ghisi, Black Rain, for voice, ensemble (flute, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, violin, cello) and electronics, 12 minutes (2021),
. Alex Mincek, poco a poco, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, cello, 15 minutes (2008),
. Mikel Urquiza, Les lueurs se sont multipliées, for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, 13 minutes (2015)
. Senay Uğurlu, new work
, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello and electronics, 15 minutes (2023), Commission by Divertimento, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Fondation Royaumont, with the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program WORLD PREMIERE 


STOP 2 – MANIFESTE-2023
Sunday, June 25 — Sunday, July 2, 2023 @Paris (France)
Concert on Saturday, July 1, 2023
Educational Advisors: Lin Liao (conductor), soloists from the Ensemble intercontemporain 
With the participation of NN, piano soloist from the Ensemble intercontemporain 

Taiwanese, Germany-based, conductor Lin Liao will lead a master class for the ULYSSES Ensemble with the complicity of soloists from the Ensemble intercontemporain who will advise the young musicians and perform three works with them, including two with electectronics elaborate in collaboration with IRCAM computer music designers, Géranomachie by Turkish composer Sofia Avramidou and Assemblage by Chilian composer Roque Rivas. ULYSSES ensemble musicians will also rerun Senay Uğurlu’s new piece for small ensemble and electronics, they will have premiered during the first stop.
First day will be dedicated to one-on-one work sessions with musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain. The week will culminate with a public concert as part of the festival ManiFeste-2023.
. Sofia Avramidou, Géranomachie, for grand ensemble and electronics, 10 minutes (2020-2021)
. Enno Poppe, Speicher I, for ensemble, 17 minutes (2009-2010)
. Roque Rivas, Assemblage, for piano soloist, ensemble and electronics, 16 minutes (2011-2012)
. Senay Uğurlu, new work, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello and electronics, 15 minutes (2023), commission by Divertimento, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Fondation Royaumont, with the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program FRENCH PREMIERE


STOP 3 – FONDATION ROYAUMONT
Sunday, July 2— Monday, July 10, 2023 @ Abbaye de Royaumont (France)
Concert on Sunday, July 9, 2023
Educational Advisor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz (conductor)

The last stop in the journey will take place at the Royaumont Foundation, in Parisian district, where the ULYSSES ensemble 2023 will work on a range of works from the contemporary repertoire, including the new piece of composer Senay Uğurlu. Here, young musicians will also rerun poco a poco by Alex Mincek and the Hugues Dufourt L'Afrique d'après Tiepolo, part of his cycle Les continents d'après Tiepolo. French conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz will conduct the ensemble through a week of rehearsals culminating in a public presentation on Sunday, July 9.
. Hugues Dufourt, L’Afrique d’après Tiepolo for piano solo and ensemble (flute, English horn, clarinet, vibraphone, violin, alto, cello), 23 minutes (2005)
. Alex Mincek, poco a poco, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, cello, 15 minutes (2008),
. Senay Uğurlu, new work, for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello and electronics, 15 minutes (2023), commission by Divertimento, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Fondation Royaumont, with the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program

APPLICATION

Applicants must:
- be born after January 1, 1991
- reside in Europe (no travel fees outside Europe can be reimbursed)
- be able to speak and understand English

You must specify:
• your instrument (and doublings, if any); 
• your address in June/July 2023. 

You must submit:
• 1 video (mp4 file no more than 100MB=12,5Mo or YouTube link), where you briefly introduce you IN ENGLISH as a musician (education, professional experience, repertoire) and explain why you want to join the ULYSSES ensemble.
• 1 video (mp4 file no more than 100MB=12,5Mo or YouTube link), where you perform a 20th or 21st century solo work for your instrument and join the PDF SCORE
• 1 video (mp4 file no more than 100MB=12,5Mo or YouTube link) or audio recording (mp3) and PDF SCORES where you perform a solo "classical music" work (before 20th century) for your instrument. For instruments that do not include such a repertoire, please submit a solo or soloist work of your choice, preferably a second contemporary solo or soloist piece from different type)
• 1 video (mp4 file no more than 100MB=12,5Mo or YouTube link) or audio recording (mp3) and PDF SCORES where you perform a work of your choice

Other documents to submit IN ENGLISH:
• Short biography
• CV
• List of contemporary repertoire you already performed
• Cover Letter where you explain your motivation for joining the ULYSSES ensemble and different stops
• Headshot picture, that will be used for access badge and yearbook
• ID or Passport

We recommend you to save your form as a draft, step by step.
Do not forget to read carefully and accept Consent and Release Form, click on PREVIEW button to check all information, and then APPLY button to finalize your application.
For any request, please contact academy (at) ircam.fr / For technical assistance, please contact technical.assistance (at) ulysses-network.eu

JURY

Jury members will be: soloists from the Ensemble intercontemporain, conductors Sandro Gorli (Divertimento) and Jean-Philippe Wurtz (Fondation Royaumont).
Jury's selection is irrevocable.
Applicants will receive a personal answer by email within the end of February 2023.

SELECTED INSTRUMENTALISTS

INSTRUMENTALISTS SELECTED FOR THE ENSEMBLE:
- MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL STOPS AND DURING ALL PERIODS, including date of travelling: from Friday, June 16 to Thursday, June 22 and from Sunday June 25 to Monday, July 10, 2023. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted. No absences during these periods are permitted.
- have no registration fees to pay
- travel fees incurred within Europe, housing expenses (single room in a hotel or apartment, depending on the stop), and meals (restaurant, meals or perdiems depending on the stop) will be paid
- will have a first online meeting during March/April 2023, all together with the 3 stops teams to introduce the project.

Instrumentalists selected to participate who do not respect the information provided or who will be absent—even partially—during one stop will be excluded from the ULYSSES ensemble tour by the ULYSSES partners’s team.
Issues concerning transportation difficulties, health recommendations, being placed in quarantine, and all conditions concerning lockdowns are the responsibility of the selected instrumentalists. They must organize their transportation, respecting all health and safety measures relative to Covid-19 in their country of origin, Italy and France.

Photo: ULYSSES Ensemble, ManiFeste the Academy, 2021 edition.
Ⓒ Ircam, Quentin Chevrier