The 2015 Estonian Composers Festival (EHF) is set to host four renowned contemporary ensembles from May 22 to 29. This year's festival takes place in both Tallinn and Tartu, with an increasingly international program. The festival's composers are Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and the world-famous Italian composer Ivan Fedele.
"The Estonian Composers Festival tries to enrich works by Estonian composers through involving top contemporary ensembles in the performances, as well as premiering Estonian pieces alongside commissioning works from abroad," Monika Mattiesen, the festival's creative director, commented on the program. "Besides, ensembles of such high standard usually bring with them works which might not otherwise see performances around here."
The EHF's main guest this year is the vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart from Germany. The ensemble consists of extraordinary virtuosos, seemingly without technical boundaries, seen as researchers, discoverers, adventurers and idealists. In addition to their experimental daringness, performances of the ensemble often encompass elements from other art forms by making use of electronics, literature and visual arts. The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart are slated to perform at the Estonia Concert Hall on Tuesday, May 26, in collaboration with the state concert institute Eesti Kontsert.
The FIGURA ensemble from Denmark and Ensemble POING from Norway are set for collaborative concerts on Tuesday, May 26, taking the stage at the University of Tartu Museum. Both ensembles are seen as leading figures of contemporary Scandinavian music. FIGURA has previously challenged both their collaborative partners as well as their audiences by offering unusual concert experiences and contemporary musical theatre performances. Meanwhile, Ensemble POING regularly collaborates with musicians from various traditions and backgrounds (including folk, pop and experimental musicians), establishing themselves as an outstandingly flexible ensemble with interpretive capabilities beyond boundaries.
The clapTON ensemble from London, with Estonian composer Elo Masing as one of the ensemble's creative directors, aims to showcase exciting new works by promising young composers, performing at the Gallery Noorus in Tartu this Friday, May 22.
Also included in the programme are performances by the Estonian ensembles U: and Küberstuudio.
The festival is set to premiere works by numerous Estonian composers, including Tõnis Kaumann and Timo Kreuser among many others.
Coinciding with the 2015 Year of Music in Estonia, the festival programme includes the multimedia performance entitled "Betweenland-1" by Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes as part of the Night of Contemporary Arts. In collaboration with the state concert institute and the Estonian Composers' Union, the concert celebrates the 110th birthday of composers/conductors Eduard Tubin and Eduard Oja.
Alongside the main programme, the EHF will host various film screenings as well as workshops, including seminars and master classes devoted to works by the Italian composer Ivan Fedele at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The festival is additionally seeking a new name for itself as of next year, with the public invited to suggest names via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival is organised in collaboration with the state concert institute Eesti Kontsert and the Composition Department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the city of Tartu and the Estonian Authors' Society among others.
Editor: A. Kaer