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 network reached a new peak in 2017, concentrating its efforts on young performers in the domain of new music: every year, a new group of young musicians living in Europe makes up a new group and travels to several academies and festivals in the ULYSSES network. In 2021, the ULYSSES Ensemble will travel from June to October, stopping at the ManiFeste-2021 academy, the Fondation Royaumont, and the Mixtur festival.
The ULYSSES Ensemble is comprised of 14 musicians: 1 flute (also piccolo, alto), 1 oboe (also English horn), 1 clarinet (also mib clarinet and bass clarinet), 1 bassoon (also contrabassoon), 1 horn, 1 trumpet (also piccolo trumpet), 1 trombone, 1 piano, 1 percussion, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass.
Attendance is mandatory for all musicians from Sunday, June 13 through Monday, June 28 2021 (arrival Sunday, June 13 in Paris, departure Monday morning, June 28 from the Royaumont Abbey) and from Monday September 27 through Sunday, October 3, 2021 (arrival Monday morning, September 27 in Barcelona, departure Sunday morning, October 3).
Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
With the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program.
Stop 1 – ManiFeste-2021
The American conductor Brad Lubman will lead a master class for the ULYSSES Ensemble, with support from the Ensemble intercontemporain soloists who will coach the young musicians and interpret two pieces with them: Partiels, by Gérard Grisey, focusing on instrumental sound synthesis, and Introduction aux Ténèbres by Raphaël Cendo, which he produced in the IRCAM studios back in 2009. During this event, musicians from the ULYSSES Ensemble and the Ensemble intercontemporain will be able to benefit from Raphaël Cendo’s presence and his precious advice during the rehearsals as he is one of this year’s academy’s guest composers. The young musicians in the ULYSSES Ensemble will also work in close collaboration with the Filipino composer living in Austria, Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, to premiere her new work for ensemble and electronics, a commission from the Royaumont Foundation and IRCAM, supported by the ULYSSES network. In this work, the musicians will not only use their instruments, but also their voices. The score will clearly indicate the voices and other sounds using an international phonetic alphabet. The first day will be dedicated to individual work and section rehearsals with the musicians of the Ensemble intercontemporain. The week will end with a concert on Saturday, June 19, as part of ManiFeste-2021.
Raphaël Cendo, Introduction aux Ténèbres, for bass voice, double bass, ensemble, and electronics, 40 minutes (2009)
Gérard Grisey, Partiels, for 18 musicians, 23 minutes (1975)
Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, new work for ensemble and electronics, 15 minutes (2021), commissioned by IRCAM and the Fondation Royaumont, in the framework of the ULYSSES network - World Premiere
Stop 2 – Fondation Royaumont
Sunday, June 20—Monday, June 28, 2021
Fondation Royaumont (France)
Educational Advisor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz, conductor
The young musicians will continue their journey at the Royaumont Foundation, in the Paris region, to rehearse a diverse program of works in the contemporary repertoire, including the new work by composer Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, premiered at Stop 1. At the Foundation, the Ensemble will also have the added opportunity to work closely with the young Australian composer, Kirsten Milenko (Laureate Voix Nouvelles 2020), based in Denmark, for a new piece commissioned by the Royaumont Foundation, with the support of Christine Jolivet. Lastly, the Ensemble will also work on Thalleïn by Iannis Xenakis, a composition emblematic of the Greek composer's writing for ensemble. The week of rehearsals will be conducted by the French conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz and will close with a public presentation on Sunday, June 27.
Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, new work for ensemble and electronics, 15 minutes (2021), commissioned by IRCAM and the Fondation Royaumont, in the framework of the ULYSSES network
Kirsten Milenko, new work for ensemble, 15 minutes (2021), commissioned by the Fondation Royaumont (Lauréate Voix Nouvelles 2020) World Premiere
Iannis Xenakis, Thalleïn, for 14 musicians, 17 minutes (1984)
Stop 3 – Mixtur Festival
Monday, September 27 – Sunday, October 3, 2021
Educational Advisor: Beat Furrer, conductor
The ULYSSES Ensemble will end its journey with a residency in Barcelona to prepare a program of contemporary works with the Swiss-born Austrian conductor and composer Beat Furrer, in preparation for a concert to be given as part of the Mixtur Festival.
Beat Furrer, Still, for ensemble of soloists, 12 minutes (1998)
Beat Furrer, linea dell'orizzonte, for ensemble, 12 minutes (2012)
Jonathan Harvey, Wheel of Emptiness, for 16 musicians, 14 minutes (1997)
José Río-Pareja, new work for ensemble, 12 minutes (2021), commission by Festival Mixtur and Hémisphère Son, World Premiere
- Attendance is mandatory for all musicians from Sunday, June 13 through Monday, June 28, 2021 (arrival Sunday, June 13 in Paris, departure Monday morning, June 28 from the Royaumont Abbey) and from Monday September 27 through Sunday, October 3, 2021 (arrival Monday morning, September 27 in Barcelona, departure Sunday morning, October 3). Late arrivals and early departures will not be tolerated. Absences will not be tolerated.
- Applicants selected for the ensemble must be able to speak and understand English.
- Travel fees incurred within Europe, housing expenses, and meals (restaurant, catering, or perdiems depending on the stop) will be paid for applicants selected for the ensemble
- Applicants selected for the ensemble have no registration fees to pay
Applicants selected for the ULYSSES Ensemble, who do not respect the guidelines set out by the educational teams or who are absent during one of the stops, even partially, will have their participation automatically cancelled without any possibility of appeal.
Disruptions to modes of transport, health recommendations and quarantine; following all these requirements are the responsibility of the participant. Participants are also responsible for organizing their arrival in compliance with measures related to COVID-19 both in his or her country of origin and upon arrival in France and Spain.
Successful applicants will meet the teams from the 3 stops in an online meeting in the beginning of March during which the project will be presented.
Applications are open for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass.
Applicants must be born after January 1, 1989
Applicants must reside in Europe (no travel fees outside Europe can be reimbursed)
Apply Online: ULYSSES Platform
Applications Accepted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020—Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3pm UTC
Reply (e-mail): End of February, 2021
Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform, complete their profile, and click on "apply" on the "ULYSSES ensemble 2021" call for applications page. They must:
- Fill out all personal information (name, sex, age, nationality, address, valid ID, photo of the applicant’s face that can be used by ULYSSES partners for access badges)
- Please indicate your address in June 2021 and your address in September/October 2021
- Indicate your instrument
- Wind instruments (wood and brass) must also indicate what other instruments they may play, and indicate which instruments they own and can bring with them to the different stops (doublings)
- Write a short biography (800 characters MAXIMUM) that can be possibly used by ULYSSES partners for concert programs (with name, surname, birth date, nationality, instrument, contacts, photo)
- Please list the contemporary works you have already performed (solo works, works for soloists, works for ensemble, for orchestra)
- CV IN ENGLISH (including first name, last name, date of birth, nationality, instrument, contact, photo)
- Cover Letter IN ENGLISH where you explain your motivation for joining the ULYSSES ensemble and different stops (including first name, last name, date of birth, nationality, instrument, contact, photo) in pdf
- Present 2 videos
> One file must be a video you briefly introduce yourself IN ENGLISH
> contemporary work: the applicant must perform a solo work, or a piece for soloist from the 20th or 21st centuries. If possible, please accompany with a pdf of the score.
- Present 2 other works: audio (mp3) or video (mp4) recording. If possible, please accompany with a pdf of the score.
> classical work: a solo or soloist piece (before the 20th century). For instrument for which this repertory is not applicable, please present a solo work or a work for soloist of your choice.
> work of your choice
The jury will be comprised of the soloists from the Ensemble intercontemporain, the conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz (Fondation Royaumont), the composers Oriol Saladrigues and Oliver Rappoport (Mixtur Festival).