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ICTUS and Spectra as coaches
During the contemporary music course, you will be able to compose and create your personal projects. In addition, together with your fellow students, you will also become part of the ensemble GAME, the Ghent Contemporary Music Ensemble. From concept to performance, you will play an active role in the creation and bringing to the stage of various performances. Two established contemporary music ensembles will coach you along the way: ICTUS and Spectra.
Taking to the stage
Both your personal projects and the GAME productions find a stage on a regular basis, both inside and outside the school walls. Through workshops and lectures, you come into contact with international experts and exchange ideas with contemporaries from various disciplines: musicians, composers, choreographers, theatre makers, visual and media artists. To this end, there is also a regular collaboration with the Research Studios of the Brussels dance school PARTS, founded and directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Progression of training
The emphasis is on your artistic practice. This consists of three parts. First, there is your master project, the project with which you register in the programme. You concretise this during the programme. Individual coaching tailored to your project ensures a good working and creative process. It leads to a jury concert in the MIRY Concert Hall, which is a full public concert in the second year of your master's programme.
Secondly, there are the GAME performances, in which you participate in productions by the ensemble. During about five group sessions a year, all students in the programme come together and receive feedback on the work from a mixed group of musicians from ICTUS and SPECTRA. These sessions form the third artistic practice component in your study programme. There is also an annual alternating production with the ensembles ICTUS and SPECTRA.
Theory feeds practice
In addition to practical training, the programme also offers a number of theoretical components. You will acquire knowledge in the fields of music analysis, music theatre, live electronics, video and performance, each in relation to contemporary music. This knowledge will feed your own practice, create new possibilities and inspire you. Finally, the learning line reflection and research introduces you to research practices in contemporary music in the first year of your master's programme. You will follow an interdisciplinary master's seminar with researchers from other departments (e.g. visual arts) within or outside the school, e.g. at the Orpheus Institute (centre for artistic research in music). You conclude the programme with a concert and a thesis, an essay linked to the content of your master's thesis.
If you want to apply for an advanced master's degree, you will first take part in an orientation test.
- GAME & Diana Soh, rehearsal, 19.10.2023, video: Ties Kalker
- photo: Leontien Allemeersch
- photo: Rudy Carlier