The 63rd International Rostrum of Composers will be held from 16 to 21 May 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland, hosted by the National Forum of Music and Polish Radio, in the framework of the EU-funded Rostrum+ project.
This year’s edition of the Rostrum will exceptionally include in its program some features of the Musica Electronica Nova festival and the National Forum on Music..
Thanks to the Rostrum+ project a special listening station, IRCSound will be placed at the entrance of the National Forum of Music (level -1) from 16 to 21 May 2016, to give the possibility to the public to discover the history of the IRC as well as the presented works.
A public session of IRCLab will be held on Friday 20 May at 12:00, check the program here!
The International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) is organized by the International Music Council with the financial assistance of participating radio networks. It is an international forum of representatives of broadcasting organizations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary art music. Until 2002, its annual sessions were held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, except for the 2000 edition which was held in Amsterdam at the generous invitation of Muziek Groep Nederland and the Gaudeamus Foundation. Since 2003, a rotation system has been put in place with the Rostrum traveling around Europe every second year while the other year, its is hosted by Radio France. Starting from 2010 the Rostrum is travelling around Europe by invitation of National Radio Brodcasters.
Rostrum [ˈrɒstrəm] : a raised platform on which a person stands to make a public speech, receive an award or medal, play music, or conduct an orchestra.
Rostrum+ was a cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union running from 2015 to 2018 which aimed to rethink the ways in which contemporary music connects with audiences through radio network. The project explored new strategies to develop audiences, promoted new music, enhanced the skills of radio professionals and inspired cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and beyond. The springboard for the project was the International Rostrum of Composers, an annual event uniting some 40 delegates of national broadcasting companies. Building upon this existing foundation, the project introduced new activities that connected with other operators of the genre, the end goal being the expansion and durable growth/sustaining of the contemporary music sector in Europe and beyond.
To this end, the International Music Council entered into a partnership with 3 national public radios, 3 higher music education institutions, one European cultural network and 2 cultural venues to bring the IRC out of its boundaries. To achieve our objectives and address all of the target groups necessary for the action, the Rostrum+ project sets out a diverse set of activities:
Listen: a series of listening sessions for national public radio broadcasters
Live!: a series of 16 concerts
Create: co-commissions to 6 composers
Forum: a series of activities will be implemented to enhance the capacity of radio producers to deal with the new challenges, explore possibilities and develop solutions
Sound: a dedicated sound corner to let the audience discover contemporary music
Lab: an unprecedented activity in which radio producers will be invited to experiment innovative approaches to present contemporary compositions to the public and allow them to interact with it
Edu: academic training, live concerts and meetings with composers, professionals from radio and concert halls to develop a dynamic link with the musicians of tomorrow.