Just when you've got over Christmas and the New Year, it's time for the fourth birthday celebration of Art. Someone decided that January 17th would be a perfect date for that. The party will take place at Moderna Museet, starting at 7 p.m. and going on until 12:00 p.m. Rumour has it that it will go on somewhere else after that. Keep your eyes skinned. The Theremin is a bit of a theme this year as we have two Theremin artists on stage: Dorit Chrysler and Pamelia Kurstin, from U.S.A. There is also a live-electronics duo: Andrea Neumann and Sabine Ercklentz from Berlin. The P2 website about this should be up and running some time next week, so don't forget to check it. If you want to go to the party, make sure you get there early, or you might not get in at all! If you don't get in, you can watch it on the internet and see live pictures at the same time – that's always something!
So much has been happening here at EMS, there has been no time left over for the blogging. At the moment, we are enjoying the presence of Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, currently living in Amsterdam and Erik Drescher, straight from Berlin. Michael Maierhof, a composer from Hamburg and one of the leading personalities behind the festival of contemporary music Stock 11 there, joined them for a few days, working on a project together with Erik Drescher.
This week, we also have the pleasure of the company of Anders Vinjar, a composer from Norway.
It's always nice when people from abroad come to EMS. We learn a lot of things during our lunches and coffee breaks! We also believe that EMS is appreciated by overseas composers because of the peace and quiet and the fact that they can get away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives and just concentrate on their work!
Since 1964, EMS is the centre for Swedish electroacoustic music. It is run as an independent part of Rikskonserter (Swedish Concerts) and is led by the studio director, Mats Lindström, who is assisted by an artistic board consisting of four composers.
EMS’ aim is to support artistic development within electroacoustic music and its integration within other artistic areas. EMS represents electroacoustic music from Sweden in various international contexts and acts as an informer, both nationally and internationally.
Besides making professional studios available for electroacoustic music, EMS runs courses, initiates seminars, produces concerts and festivals, releases CDs, and commissions new works. EMS also runs outreach projects of general interest which aim for all age groups from the age of 4 and upwards.
The artists who work at EMS have different educational backgrounds. Besides traditional music training at the colleges of music, they also are self-taught or come from the art schools or radio production.
Foreign composers regularly come to EMS to work and may be granted a working period by making a project application following the same conditions that are posed to Swedish composers.