27 September - 31 October 2013
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SESSIONS 2013
In 2012, Santiago de Compostela saw the revival of the Contemporary Music Sessions whose aim is to promote and disseminate the latest trends and innovations in contemporary music. The second edition continues with the same line of work and institutional collaboration that it started off with, which was the result of the initiative, coordination and promotion undertaken by the University of Santiago, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea and the City Hall of Santiago de Compostela. The efforts of these three institutions were complemented by substantial contributions from the Consortium of Santiago, the City of Culture Foundation and the Consortium for the Advancement of Music of A Coruña and the collaboration of pedagogical musical institutions from the city, such as the Professional Conservatory of Music and the Municipal School of Music.
If in the 2012 edition of the festival we received the collaboration of the National Centre for Dissemination of Music, this year its participation has become crucial thanks to the proposal made by this institution, dependant on the INAEM and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, of turning the Santiago de Compostela Sessions into a key objective for the dissemination of contemporary music and present day creations. The concerts by Ensemble Modern (one of the reference ensembles of present-day contemporary music, from Frankfurt), or by Sonor Ensemble, Cuarteto Bretón, Javier Perianes, Grupo Cosmos21 and the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) are the visible result of a support enterprise that will no doubt contribute towards the growth, diffusion and projection of these Contemporary Music Sessions that have become fully established among the most noteworthy actions to promote the dissemination of music from the 20th and 21st centuries in Spain.
The field of contemporary music is in a constant state of change. New ideas generate new musical forms that require new tools, and that is what will be shown to the public during these Contemporary Music Sessions, that are enriched with contributions born in Galicia (that in recent years has become an active benchmark in this field with the creation of new specialized ensembles in contemporary music) such as Vertixe Sonora Ensemble, Taller Atlántico Contemporáneo or the newly created Música Práctica. The Galician orchestras will also be present during the Sessions: the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia, that will be giving concerts at the Auditorium of Galicia. Musicians that are especially sensitive to the dissemination of current music in Galicia will also be present, such as Florian Vlashi, Berta Cool, Marcos Escobar, Jesús González, Mario Diz (in charge of Espazo de Cámera of the USC), Anne Tooming, David Duran, etc. These musicians participate in a full agenda of concerts that pays special attention to the instructional and educational component through the program A desTempo, whose clear objective is to reach new audiences and includes pre-concert lectures and a complete program of family, school and didactic concerts.
This educational program begins on 27 September and is a preview of the following two weeks of intense concert activity (between 18 and 31 October) that will be taking place throughout the city: Auditorium of Galicia, City of Culture, CGAC, Auditorium and Church of the University, Teatro Salón, Teatro Principal, Professional Conservatory of Music and Municipal School of Music. Nearly 30 activities round off a program to promote contemporary music and present-day creation alongside the great classics of the twentieth century. Hindemith, Mahler, Prokofiev, Debussy, Tippett, Mompou and Britten (during his centennial) share the billboard with Crumb, Prins, Posadas, Gubaidulina, Gorecki, Aracil, Paul, Cage, Turina and many others. Naturally we will also find premieres (including requests from the CNDM and Contemporary Music Sessions) of works by new and distinguished composers such as Consolation Díez, from Madrid, Bernd Franke, from Germany and Fernando Buide, Jesús González, Anton L. Pulido and Eduardo Soutullo, from Galicia. Also worth mentioning is the premiere in Spain of compositions by the Swedish musician Järnegard Esaias, the Belgian Stefan Prins, the Irish musicians Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Germans York Höller and Enno Poppe and Elena Mendoza from Seville. These Contemporary Music Sessions would probably make no sense without the presence of those who created them back in 1987 —Carlos Villanueva through the University and Enrique X. Macias as the director—and those who kept them alive later at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea: Manuel Farelo, in charge of the area of music and artistic director.