Venues: Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ / Bimhuis | Amsterdam Date: 20 Nov 2006 – 24 Nov 2006
Gaudeamus Live kicks off in just a few days with eletronic pioneer Gordan Mumma confirmed as special guest amidst other standout names like Mouse on Mars and Tomoko Mukaiyama (winner of the International Gaudeamus in 1991) to name just two. Gaudeamus Live is an experimental electronics music festival held in The Netherlands.
Founded as early as 1945, it’s aim is to organize and promote contemporary musical activities and festivals both in Holland and worldwide. It also focuses on supporting the career development of young composers and musicians.
Also, annually the International Gaudeamus Music Week is held in Holland. A competition aimed at shinning the spotlight on new composers from the age of thirty under. Gaudeamus Music Week is “a unique international event for the introduction of new music by talented young composers”. This years winners were Lefteris Papadimitriou (Greece) and Gabriel Paiuk (Argentina).
If you are in Amsterdam you should think about dropping by to see some of the performances. I went to a similar event in the UK last year with out being too familiar with the line up. I seen Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides and Scottish avant guitarist Andy Moor combine their expertise on stage. Throughout the performance of the live acts i felt thrilled energized and a lot of the time confused. It opened my mind a lot to this genre of music and of course was fascinating to see live.
“Nowadays it’s not unusual to see a laptop onstage next to a cellist. While it’s evident that the musician behind the cello has to work hard to get the right sounds from his instrument, it seems as if all the person behind the computer has to do is click on a mouse a few times. But there’s more to it than meets the eye and music lovers who want to know more about live electronics are very welcome at the Gaudeamus Live Electronics Festival, to be held at the ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’ in Amsterdam this coming November”
This years line up – Gordon Mumma, LOOS Ensemble, Bakin Zub, MAE, Wouter Snoei, Michel Waisvisz, POW ensemble, My Kingdom for a Lullaby, Tomoko Mukaiyama, N-collective, Erax, unsounds, original kraakgeluiden, Francisco Lopez, Iris Garrelfs, Mouse on Mars.