'n JIP ['umsnjip]
is one of the most innovative and accomplished Swiss contemporary
music ensembles. Founded in 2007 by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS]
and Javier Hagen [JIP], it is, alongside Ensemble Modern, Ensemble
Intercontemporain and the Kronos Quartet, one of the most active
contemporary music ensembles worldwide commissioning >10
works (2013: 28) and performing >100 (2012:
concerts annually, including mobile chamber operas & multimedia
'n JIP explore new musical and scenic settings for voice, recorders
and electronics ranging from live to digital performance as
well as European to non-European music. Since
their studies (composing, audio design & musical performance)
in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have
been invited to prestigious contemporary music and theatre festivals
(Avignon, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Shanghai, Donaueschingen,
Hong Kong, New York, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Basel, Bern, Paris,
Strasbourg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga) where they
have premiered more than 200 works as soloists and as a duo,
collaborating with both world famous and aspiring young composers
such as Goebbels, Rihm, Kagel, Reimann, Eötvös, Stefan
Pohlit, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Chikashi Miyama, Huang Ruo, Wen
Deqing and Guo Wenjing. UMS
'n JIP are also involved in the direction of the Swiss Contemporary
Music Festival Forum : : Wallis, chaired by the International
Society for Contemporary Music Wallis/Switzerland IGNM-VS. They
are board member of ISCM Switzerland and board member of the
UNESCO Commission for the Inventory of Cultural Heritage in
the Canton of Valais. Within these structures, UMS 'n JIP have
initiated more than additional 200 projects and commissions.
2013 UMS 'n JIP take part in two international research projects:
The Recorder Map and i-Treasures. UMS
'n JIP is coached by Irvine Arditti.
'n JIP's CHRONOLOGY.
UMS 'n JIP's startup was "riviu
99.7" compiling pieces by Cage, Lehmann, Kagel, Schnebel
and Aperghis at "schauwerk-blackbox" being part of
Tonkünstlerfest 2007 in Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich
(7/07). During the innovative festival forum : : valais 4 world
premieres by Beat Gysin, Andreas Zurbriggen and UMS 'n JIP have
been recorded by Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2 and been highly
acclaimed by various Swiss musical feuilletons (9/07). Together
with world famous Japanese actor and poet Ron Obe UMS 'n JIP
premiered 4 works by Maria Porten in Zürich and Basel (Ferne
For Swiss dance company Interface, UMS 'n JIP participates in
the soundtrack "La
Légende Dorée" – a ballet being on tour worldwide from
2008-11 (3/08). Collaborating with Swiss Radio UMS 'n JIP records
"lebelight" by Swiss female composer Maria Porten
for Swiss label VDE-Gallo - "Es war einst ein Paradies"
(6/08). At Theatre Interface in Sion UMS 'n JIP's first full
scenical program "1 (ONE)"
with pieces by Thorsten Töpp and Maria Porten and both composers
UMS and JIP themselves is successfully premiered (10/08).
Its "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 will be on tour in both Switzerland and China
(Shanghai New Music Days) from January-October 2009. "1
(ONE)" has been invited to the Festival d'Avignon, France,
Théâtre Gilgamesh, where it is going to be performed daily from
8.-31.7. 2009. At the Fête Suisse des Musiciens in Lausanne,
UMS 'n JIP will premiere "Mora-Mori"
by female Corean composer Junghae Lee (9/09). Its second chamber
opera "2 (TWO)"
compiling electropop works of both UMS and JIP has been premiered
at Theatre Interface in Sion and Zeughaus Kultur Brig in December
UMS 'n JIP on 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 scheduled for spring
and winter 2010. Tonhalle Zürich debut in march. In July, UMS
'n JIP returns to Avignon (Palais Royal) with 3 different programs:
China Project, Swiss Project and with the electropop opera
TWO. In september 2010 UMS 'n JIP will premiere their third
scenical program "3
(THREE, Esperanto Electropop Opera)" in Sierre, Sion
and Brig. In 2010 UMS 'n JIP offers commissions to Guo
Wenjing, Chen Yeungping, Liu Jian, Tam Chin Fai, Phoebus Lee,
Roland Dahinden and Maria Porten.
Switzerland tour with Esperanto Electropop Opera "THREE",
"The Russia Project"
in December in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov), an Avignon Festival
residence (Jul 2011), UMS 'n JIP's fourth chamber opera FOUR
(The Creation) with a Switzerland and France tour, invitations
by 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
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 Feb 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 wins the renommated MusiquePro grant 2011-13 and becomes
coached by Irvine Arditti. Further collaborations with South
African composer Pierre-Henri Wicomb and Alain Michon (France).
totally 136 performances all around the world - a breathtaking
amount and probably world record! Concert tours in Australia
(Adelaide), Mongolia (Roaring Hooves), Russia
(Rostov/Taganrog), France (Avignon Festival),
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, 2 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
5 extraordinary years with more than 400 concerts and 94 world
123 performances all around the world - UMS 'n JIP is 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), 2 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
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 Apr/Nov among
others at Sound of Stockholm Festival), Spain
(in May/June/July/Nov at ME_MMIX, Sirga, Mallorca Summer Academy,
Projecte Rafel, Encuentros Sonoros),
Japan (in May/Sep at Kunitachi), USA (Mar), France (Avignon,
Mulhouse, Paris, Reims with recordings for France Musique/Radio
(in Aug/Sep at Music Village and ICMC Athens), UMS 'n JIP is
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
Basel (Projekt Trabant), UmeDuo (Sweden) and Männerstimmen Basel.
JIP's distorted folksong arrangements performed at European
Youth Choir Festival Basel EJCF. And, of course, the regular
concert tours in Switzerland (Basel, Zürich, Valais, Bern).
Extraordinary diversity describes the composer and multi-instrumentalist
Ulrike Mayer-Spohn who plays the recorder (with focus on contemporary
music), as well as historical string instruments (fiddle and
baroque violin). She studied composition and audio design with
Erik Oña at the Studio of Electronic Music, Academy of
Music, Basel, beginning to compose in 2007, and receiving commissions
from the festival forum Valais and the international New Music
Days, Shanghai. Her work has been performed by the Stuttgart
Vocal soloists, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Vertigo, DissonArt,
L'Arsenale, cool a cappella (1st Prize world choir games 2008)
and her own ensemble Ums' n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece,
Italy, Russia, Australi , the USA and China, premiered under
the baton of Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg
Henneberger and Filippo Perocco and broadcast by the Swiss radio.
She was awarded the 2nd Prize in the composition competition
Culturescapes 2010, 2nd Prize in the composition competition
at the Bern music festival 2011, the Scholarship Award for 2011
at the Music Village Mount Pelion in Greece and the Call for
Scores Award L'Arsenale Treviso, Italy 2011. With the ensemble
Ums' n Jip she has undertaken research in the field of musical
theater (chamber operas One, Two, Three, Four, Five), live electronic
music and sound spacialization. She studied recorder with Ulrike
Mauerhofer at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann
and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum Basel before specializing
in contemporary music and studying with Dorothea Winter at the
Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2009-11 she received a
specialized master in contemporary performance at the HSM in
Basel supervised by Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss and
Mike Svoboda and has taken masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen,
Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq and Gerd Lünenbürger.
She studied baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and
David Plantier and fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel. Ulrike
Mayer-Spohn works with internationally leading composers and
annually plays more than 20 world premieres dedicated to her,
which she has recorded for the radio as well as VDE Gallo on
CD. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen,
she established the experimental new music duo Ums `N Jip for
voice, recorder and electronics, which, alongside Ensemble Modern,
Intercontemporain and Kronos is one of the most active ensembles
worldwide and in 2011 won the prestigious MusiquePro scholarship.
Since 1999, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn has also performed as a recorder
player, violinist, violist and fiddle player in specialized
early music ensembles such as the Amsterdam Barok Compagnie,
Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne,
Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and has performed in Germany,
China, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
Hagen, tenor and countertenor, is one of the most surprising
classical singers of his generation: new music, performance
art and Swiss folk music rank equally in his repertoire alongside
opera and early music. Hagen was born in 1971 in Barcelona in
the Mediterranean and raised in the Valais Alps. He studied
classical singing in Germany, Italy and Switzerland with Roland
Hermann, Alain Billard and Nicolai Gedda, and composition with
Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm. He studied Lied with Irwin
Gage, Hartmut Holl and Ernst Haefliger and early music with
Karel van Steenhoven and Kees Boeke. He has a four-octave vocal
range. Hagen has worked with world-class composers such as Reimann,
Kagel, Rosemann and Eötvös and leading artists from
the worlds of poetry and constructivist art. Guest appearances
have taken him to the modern music festivals in Donaueschingen,
Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Karlsruhe, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Bologna,
Milan, Prague, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, St. Petersburg,
Adelaide, Riga, Avignon and Berlin. Alongside operatic roles
such as Handel's Giulio Cesare, Zsupan (Kalman), Dardanus (Rameau),
Stanislaus (Zeller) and Pappacoda (Strauss), Javier Hagen has
premiered more than 200 works, including operas 'à l'air
en verre' by Daniel Mouthon 'eismeer' by Christoph Schiller,
'poem ohne held' by Regina Irman, 'esther de racine' by Boris
Yoffe, 'The Madman's Diary' by Guo Wenjing, 'Marienglas' by
Beat Gysin, 'Les Musiciens de Brème' by Wen Deqing, 'Keyner
nit' by Mathias Steinauer and almost all vocal works by Maria
Porten. He has made more than 50 recordings and broadcasts for
Swiss and German radio and television. He won prizes at international
contemporary music and composition competitions in 2001, 04
and 08 in Basel, Lausanne and Dusseldorf. In 2003, his distorted
folk song arrangements "s´sch mr alles 1 Ding"
were released on CD on the Swiss label "musiques suisses".
His compositions, in particular the vocal works are performed
throughout Europe, Israel, China, Korea, Russia, Australia,
North and Central America, by ensembles and conductors including
Titus Engel, Ensemble Phoenix, Basler Madrigalisten, Schweizer
Jugendchor, Philip Bride, Eliana Burki, Amar Quartet. In 2012,
a selection of his graphic scores will be shown at the prestigious
Museum of Modern Art ‘haus konstruktiv’ in Zurich.
At the European Youth Choir Festival 2012, Javier Hagen represented
German-speaking Switzerland in the context of 'Swiss Composers
meet Europe'. With Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Hagen formed the experimental
new music duo UMS 'N JIP, which, with over 100 concerts annually
is one of the most active contemporary music ensembles around
the world and winner of the prestigious scholarship MusiquePro.
Javier Hagen, who speaks 6 languages also directs the contemporary
music festival forum :: wallis, he is expert in experimental
music theater at the University of Arts in Bern, President of
the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis / Switzerland
ISCM VS as well as board member of ISCM Switzerland. He presents
guest lectures at universities in Shanghai, Moscow, Adelaide,
Moscow, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Paris, Riga and Hong Kong.
He is a jury member at national and international composition
and new music competitions and a member of various committees
on behalf of Valais and for the inventory of the cultural heritage
on behalf of UNESCO. In 2007 he was nominated for "Walliser
of the year." In 2013 he is awarded the Prix Culturel de
l'Etat du Valais. www.javierhagen.ch
'n JIP PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION.
'n JIP Association is a non-profit
organization based in Brig/Switzerland. The mission of UMS 'n
JIP is to continually re-imagine the contemporary (classical)
music experience. UMS 'n JIP fulfills its mission through commissioning,
performing, composing, presenting, recording and publishing
contemporary music, and collaborating with, mentoring and encouraging
other artists. UMS 'n JIP
commissions about half a dozen new works each season and performs
more than 60 concerts a year, touring for several weeks annually.
Performances often include educational activities in conjunction
with Swiss contemporary music festival forum wallis / forum
valais and touring engagements in both rural communities as
well as large urban centers. UMS
continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences
that rarely have the opportunity to attend performances of contemporary
music. The ensemble also maintains a commitment to education
by participating in concert discussions, benefit performances,
classroom visits, open rehearsals, master classes, coaching
sessions, and performances in schools which reach diverse groups
including elementary, secondary, and university age students.
has a management office in Brig/Switzerland. The administrative
staff handles all of UMS
business, such as booking, travel, promotion, production, and
fund raising. The organization is funded by individuals, foundations,
and government sources, including: Etat du Valais, Loterie Romande,
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Artephila Stiftung, Ernst Göhner
Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, among others. To donate to UMS
Association and help to commission composers and perform new
work, click here.
Does the UMS 'n JIP Performing
Arts Association accept charitable donations?
As a non-profit charitable organization, UMS 'n JIP
relies on financial contributions from individuals, foundations,
corporations and, government agencies. Click
here to find out how you can donate.
you accept unsolicited compositions?
UMS 'n JIP does accept unsolicited compositions, but
note that any material submitted will not be returned. Although
scores are acceptable, recordings are much preferred. Please
send your package to our office address. Because of the volume
of submissions, we cannot acknowledge receipt of your package.
Please include your contact information, so that we can reach
you if there is interest in adding your work to the repertoire.
you send me sheet music for a piece in the UMS 'n JIP repertoire?
We are not music publishers, and are therefore not
allowed to send out copies of music in our library for other
groups' use. Please contact the publisher of the piece you're
interested in for scores and parts.
will UMS 'n JIP be performing in my area?
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do I get information about booking UMS 'n JIP?
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