EAR-ly 2014 on Iceland!
- Third Nordic Young Early Music Ensemble Competition 2014
Aim & Background
The overall aim with EAR-ly is to encourage the formation of new early music ensembles and to stimulate the interest in early music among students throughout the Nordic countries.
The first edition of EAR-ly was organised as a national competition in Sweden in June 2008 by Stockholm Early Music Festival. Since 2010 the competition is a Nordic event arranged by NORDEM, the Nordic Early Music Federation, and held every second year in one of the Nordic countries, hosted by one of the federation’s member festivals.
In 2010, the final took place in Stockholm with an international jury headed by Ton Koopman and Norwegian Cornett & Sackbuts from Norway as the winning ensemble. In 2012 the final was held in Oslo with a jury leaded by Eduardo Egüez. The winner was the Finnish/Norwegian duo White Sparrow.
Early music is here defined as medieval, renaissance or baroque repertoire, performed according to the latest HIP standards. Emphasis on the earlier repertoire is encouraged. Selection criteria are quality, knowledge of style, authenticity, and, in the final round, artistry.
The 2014 edition of EAR-ly will be held on Iceland in the first week of July 2014 and hosted by Skálholt Summer Concerts. (http://sumartonleikar.is )
For the 2014 competition NORDEM has decided to introduce the following news:
1) After a first selection, made through the submission of a recording, three (3) ensembles will be invited to the Skálholt Summer Concerts, Iceland for a weeks workshop, tutored by a leading international musician/ specialist.
2) During the final round of EAR-ly 2014, an international jury will choose the winner from the three ensembles participating in a public performance. As first prize, it will obtain 2 to 3 concerts in some of NORDEM´s members festivals during the season 2014/15 with all expenses covered, plus a small fee.
3) Ear-ly 2014 will for the first time also be open for applicants from the Baltic countries.
• EAR-ly 2014 is open to vocal, instrumental or mixed ensembles consisting of minimum 2 and maximum 6 members.
• Any individual musician may compete in maximum 2 different ensembles.
• All participants must be born no earlier than 1979.
• All participants must be either citizens of one of the Nordic or Baltic countries or permanent residents of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Ĺland, Greenland,
Faroe Islands, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.
• Sound recording entries must include a minimum of 2 separate works, or parts of works. Total duration must be no more than 10 minutes.
You may apply by sending:
1/ a CD marked with a pseudonym/nickname, not revealing any information about the ensemble or the members’ identity. Send the CD in an envelope clearly marked ”EAR-ly 2014” to: NORDEM, c/o SEMF, Götgatan 62, 6 tr., 118 26 Stockholm, Sweden.
Include a sealed envelope marked with the same pseudonym/nickname, containing the following information:
- name of the ensemble and instrumentation / details of vocal parts.
- name and personal identification number of all members of the ensemble.
- contact person with e-mail, postal address and telephone number
- complete final programme in performance order (maximum length 20 minutes).
- CV of the ensemble – maximum 1000 characters
- programme notes for the final programme, max 1000 characters.
2/ send the audiofiles using WETRANSFER to email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org.
The files shall be in mp3, aif or wav format and marked Nickname_Track 1, 2, 3 etc.
The same info as stated above shall be sent along with the audiofiles in a text- or word-file.
DEADLINE for applications is 1. February 2014 (date of postage).
•The three ensembles selected for the final round will be informed by email latest 1 April 2014.
•The final round, including a workshop for the chosen three ensembles, will be held on Iceland 30 June - 2 July 2014 as part of Skálholt Summer Concerts. Travel dates: 28 June / 4 July.
•The final concert, open for the public, takes place July 3 2014 in front of an international jury.
• The three selected ensembles will have all their expenses relating to the final round covered by NORDEM, including travel expenses to and from Iceland.
• In taking part in the final, the participants agree to the concert being recorded or televised without any fees being due.
• The winning ensemble of EAR-ly 2014 will obtain 2-3 concerts in NORDEM´s members festivals during the season 2014/15 with all expenses covered.
•This will include travel expenses and lodging, plus a small fee for all musicians.
•The jury reserves the right not to appoint a winner.
For more info contact: Björn Ross: email@example.com (Secretary General, NORDEM)
or Sigurdur Halldorsson: firstname.lastname@example.org (Artistic Director, Skálholt Summer Concerts)
or visit www.nordem.org