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2016 - UMS 'n JIP has been involved in ... 127 events! Probably world record again... Highlights have been, among others: Genealogias' premiere at the prestigious Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (CETC/Centro de las Artes UNSAM, with Marcelo Delgado and Adriana Viñals within the Festival de Opera Nueva de Buenos Aires), the startup of 'Integrations' together with the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble in Russia and Switzerland, the guest appeareances in Nanning (China-ASEAN Music Days 2016), Taipei (Taipei Int. New Music Festival 2016 where John Cage's Lecture on Nothing has been performed for the first time ever), Avignon Festival (Theatre des Vents), and not to forget UMS' 1st Prize at the London Ear Festival's Composition Contest in London. We have been present in Russia, Austria, Spain, France, Germany, the USA, UK, China, Taiwan, Korea, the Netherlands, Greece, Argentina and of course in Switzerland, too. More than 20'000 people attended the concerts UMS 'n JIP have been involved in; >200'000 hits have been registered on social media, and >10'000 views on YouTube! UMS 'n JIP's commissioned works have been performed and/or released by Ensemble Phoenix, Ensemble Inverspace, UmeDuo, Männerstimmen Basel and Uroboros Ensemble London. Educational activities have been held in Argentina (Teatro Colon, O.M.N.I., Argentinian National Radio), USA (Arizona State University, University of North Texas, New York University, Columbia University, Georgia Tech Atlanta), Greece (AUTH), Taiwan (Taipei National University of the Arts, National Chiao Tung University, ISCM Taiwan), Korea (Tongyeong Festival, ISCM WMD), Utrecht (ICMC), Nanning (Guangxi University of the Arts), Switzerland (HEMU, Forum Wallis). Works by composers Deqing Wen, Du Yun, Huang Ruo, Guo Wenjing, Phoebus Lee, Keitaro Takahashi, Kotoka Suzuki, Luis Codera Puzo, Germán Alonso, Thorsten Töpp, Panayiotis Kokoras, Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Eleni Ralli, Antonis Rouvelas, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Elena Rykova, Anton Svetlichny, Reuben de Lautour, Adam Roberts, Mehmet Ali Uzunselvi, Mehmet Can Özer, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Dieter Schnebel, Li-Wei Chao, Yen-Ning Chiu, Hannes Dufek, Nicolas Vérin, Giorgio Tedde, Junghae Lee, Daniel Fueter, Denis Schuler, Nadir Vassena, Markus Hofer, Max E. Keller, Beat Gysin, Mathias Steinauer, Maria Porten and both UMS and JIP have been performed, premiered and recorded. Many thanks to our main supporters: Kulturrat des Kantons Wallis, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Art Council), UBS Kulturstiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, STV/ASM, SUISA Foundation as well as to our hosting structures: HEMU, ISCM Russia, MCME, ISCM Taiwan, Guangxi Arts University, TNUA, NCTU, AUTH, i-Treasures, Columbia University, NYU, UNT, ASU, Don't Panic Hamburg, Theatre des Vents Avignon, FORUM Wallis, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, CETC, UNSAM, ISCM, ECPNM, Druckereihalle im Ackermannshof Basel, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zeughaus Kultur Brig, ONO Bern, ISCM World Music Days Tongyeong 2016, EFA, Pantographe Moutier.

 

2015 has been an intense year full of highlights totalling 102 events, among others Stockhausen's Helikopterstreichquartett (Helicopter String Quartet) with Arditti, André Richard and Air Glaciers during Forum Wallis and 'Einer's' premiere at the prestigious Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (CETC, with Pablo Maritano and Eugenio Szwarcer). We have been present in 18 countries, and for the first time in Argentina, Korea, Georgia, Egypt, Philippines, Hungary and Slovenia. More than 20'000 people attended 2015 the concerts UMS 'n JIP have been involved in (>8'000 for UMS 'n JIP as performers and another >12'000 for UMS 'n JIP as composers); >150'000 hits on social media, and >6000 views/year on YouTube only for UMS 'n JIP/Aperghis' récitations. UMS 'n JIP's commissioned works have been performed and/or released by Ensemble Phoenix, Jugendchor Zürich, UmeDuo, HEMU, Molto Cantabile and Männerstimmen Basel (who actually won the most important European male choir competition with JIP's 'Ad mortem festinamus' in their repertoire!). Educational activities have been held in Japan (Kunitachi), Cairo (American University), Korea (Hanyang/CREAMA), Latvia (JVLMA, Arena Festival, Rezekne), Greece (IEMA), Georgia (National Conservatoire), Bohol International Choir Festival and Competition, Ostrava (EFA), as well as for Kulturfunken Wallis. Works by composers Wen Deqing, Du Yun, Guo Wenjing, Phoebus Lee, Chikashi Miyama, Keitaro Takahashi, Kotoka Suzuki, Shintaro Imai, Shugo Tanaka, Kanokpak Changwitchukarn, Luis Codera Puzo, Germán Alonso, Thorsten Töpp, Panayiotis Kokoras, Michalis Lapidakis, Antonis Rouvelas, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Gundega Šmite, Jachin Pousson, Anton Svetlichny, Kyungmee Rhee, Isang Yun, Dongsun Han, Hyuna Kim, Reuben de Lautour, Idil Ataç, Erçin Kaya, Adam Roberts, Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Mehmet Ali Uzunselvi, Murat Yakin, Mehmet Can Özer, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Dieter Schnebel, Morton Feldman, Markus Hofer, Max E. Keller, Beat Gysin, Mathias Steinauer, Maria Porten and both UMS and JIP have been performed, premiered and recorded. Many thanks to our main supporters: Kulturrat des Kantons Wallis, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Art Council), Ernst Göhner Stiftung, UBS Kulturstiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, STV/ASM, SUISA Foundation as well as to our hosting structures: HEMU, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy, Music Village, Onassis Cultural Centre, European Egyptian Contemporary Music Society, FORUM Wallis, IEMA Athens, ISCM, ECPNM, Kunitachi College of Music, Musikhochschule Basel, Druckereihalle im Ackermannshof Basel, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zeughaus Kultur Brig, New Music Festival ARENA, ISCM World Music Days Ljubljana 2015, EFA, BICFC, Pantographe Moutier.

 

2014. More than 600 concerts and 140 world premieres since 2007! Concert tours in Latvia (both in Feb/Nov at JVLMA and Arena Festival including recordings for Latvian Radio), Sweden (both in April/November among others at Sound of Stockholm Festival), Spain (in May/June/July/November at ME_MMIX, Sirga, Mallorca Summer Academy, Projecte Rafel, Encuentros Sonoros), Japan (in May/September at Kunitachi), USA (March), France (Avignon, Mulhouse, Paris, Reims with recordings for France Musique/Radio France), Greece (in August/September at Music Village and ICMC Athens), UMS 'n JIP were supported by the Spanish Government through Accion Cultural Espanola (AC/E) for their powerful international promotion of contemporary Spanish music (>50 concerts in 9 countries since 4/2013). CD release together with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche and CrossingLines Ensemble for col legno featuring works by Luis Codera Puzo funded by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. JIP elected jury member of the ISCM Young Composers Award at the ISCM World Music Days Wroclaw 2014. Both UMS 'n JIP are commissioned new works performed by Ensemble Phoenix Basel (Projekt Trabant), UmeDuo (Sweden) and Männerstimmen Basel. JIP's distorted folksong arrangements performed at European Youth Choir Festival Basel EJCF. And, of course, regular concert tours in Switzerland (Basel, Zürich, Valais, Bern).

 

2013: 123 performances all around the world - UMS 'n JIP is now by far the most active Swiss contemporary music ensemble and ranks among the most active ensembles worldwide. Concert tours in Spain (Mixtur Barcelona, ME_MMIX Palma), France (Reine Blanche Paris, IRCAM, Avignon Festival), Germany (Randspiele Berlin, Solitude Stuttgart, ZKM, LMU München), Greece (Thessaloniki State Orchestra Concert Hall), Turkey (ITU MIAM, Babylon Istanbul), Lithuania (ICT Vilnius) and Switzerland totalling 30 world premieres! 2 CD releases in Switzerland featuring works by both UMS and JIP, commissions for both UMS and JIP premiered by dissonArt ensemble (Dimitria Festival), Basler Madrigalisten (Stadt Casino Basel), Paul Taylor Orchestra (Tonhalle Zürich), Ensemble Phoenix and InverSpace (Russian Composer's Union Moscow), two international research projects (Recorder Map and i-Treasures) and finally JIP's Prix Culturel de l'Etat du Valais 2013 as well as his election as ISCM Switzerland's new president.

 

2012: A total of 136 performances all around the world - a breathtaking amount and probably a world record! Concert tours in Australia (Adelaide), Mongolia (Roaring Hooves), Russia (Rostov/Taganrog), France (Avignon Festival), Greece (Thessaloniki), Latvia (UMS 'n JIP is the first foreigner ensemble to be invited to Latvian New Music Days) presenting contemporary classics by Cage, Berio, Kagel, Aperghis as well as premieres by Chinese, Russian, Latvian, Arab and Swiss composers, two successfully premiered chamber operas collaborating with stage directors Gian Manuel Rau (Einer) and Wolfgang Beuschel FIVE (Grimm's Tales), composition awards at MATA Festival New York and European Youth Choir Festival Basel. Nov 23-Dec 2: '5 years UMS 'n JIP' in Basel and Brig celebrating five extraordinary years with more than 400 concerts and 94 world premieres worldwide.

 

2011. Switzerland tour with Esperanto Electropop Opera "THREE", "The Russia Project" in December in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov), an Avignon Festival residence (July 2011), UMS 'n JIP's fourth chamber opera FOUR (The Creation) with a Switzerland and France tour, invitations from Forum Neue Musik Luzern, (ONE in Feb 2011), Contemporary Music Festival Oggi Musica (TWO in Oct 2011), as well as world premieres by Swiss composers Max E. Keller, Pierre-André Bovey, Markus Hofer, Maria Porten (collaborating with Carmina Quartet and Gian Manuel Rau), all of them recorded by Swiss Radio DRS2, in February 2011 UMS 'n JIP premiered Painted Skin, a mini opera by New York based Chinese composer Huang Ruo. UMS's works won prizes at Musikfestival Bern and Music Village Mount Pelion Greece where they were premiered by conductors Beat Furrer and Mark Foster. UMS 'n JIP won the renowned MusiquePro grant 2011-13 and were coached by Irvine Arditti. Further collaborations with South African composer Pierre-Henri Wicomb and Alain Michon (France).

 

2010. UMS 'n JIP tour in Switzerland (spring), in the USA (NYC) and East Asia (both in autumn). Premieres by Maria Porten collaborating with Paul W. Taylor and Werner Bärtschi were scheduled for spring and winter 2010. Tonhalle Zürich debut in March. In July, UMS 'n JIP return to Avignon (Palais Royal) with 3 different programs: China Project, Swiss Project and with the electropop opera TWO. In September 2010 UMS 'n JIP premiere their third scenical program "3 (THREE, Esperanto Electropop Opera)" in Sierre, Sion and Brig. In 2010 UMS 'n JIP offer commissions to Guo Wenjing, Chen Yeungping, Liu Jian, Tam Chin Fai, Phoebus Lee, Roland Dahinden and Maria Porten.

 

2009. The duo's "China Project" with commissions for Chinese composers Du Yun, Tao Yu, Deqing Wen, Huang Ruo as well as with Yulong Mao´s famous traditional Chinese Music trio went on tour in both Switzerland and China (Shanghai New Music Days) from January-October 2009. "1 (ONE)" was invited to the Festival d'Avignon, France, Théâtre Gilgamesh, where it was performed daily from 8-31.7. 2009. At the Fête Suisse des Musiciens in Lausanne, UMS 'n JIP premiere "Mora-Mori" by female Korean composer Junghae Lee (9/09). Its second chamber opera "2 (TWO)" compiling electropop works by both UMS and JIP was premiered at Theatre Interface in Sion and Zeughaus Kultur Brig in December 2009.

 

2008. For the Swiss dance company Interface, UMS 'n JIP participated in the soundtrack to "La Légende Dorée" – a ballet taken on tour worldwide from 2008-11 (3/08). Collaborating with Swiss Radio UMS 'n JIP recorded "lebelight" by Swiss female composer Maria Porten for the Swiss label VDE-Gallo - "Es war einst ein Paradies" (6/08). At the Theatre Interface in Sion UMS 'n JIP's first full scenical program "1 (ONE)" with pieces by Thorsten Töpp and Maria Porten and UMS and JIP themselves as composers was successfully premiered (10/08).

 

2007. UMS 'n JIP's startup was "riviu 99.7", compiling pieces by Cage, Lehmann, Kagel, Schnebel and Aperghis at "schauwerk-blackbox", part of the Schweizer Tonkünstlerfest 2007 in Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich (7/07). During the innovative festival Forum Valais four world premieres by Beat Gysin, Andreas Zurbriggen and UMS 'n JIP were been recorded by Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2 and been highly acclaimed by various Swiss musical chroniclers (9/07). With the world famous Japanese actor and poet Ron Obe UMS 'n JIP premiered 4 works by Maria Porten in Zürich and Basel (Ferne Schritte.Nähe, 9/07).

 

 

CETC Buenos Aires 2015, photo: Alejandro Held

 

ONE (electropop opera)

 

CETC Buenos Aires 2015, photo: Teatro Colon

 

ME_MMIX Palma 2013, photo: Martin Ramis

 

ME_MMIX Palma 2013, photo: Martin Ramis

 

Walcheturm Zürich 2015, photo: Lorenzo Pusterla

 

Saynshand, Gobi Desert, Mongolia