IAMIC2022 Review in Pictures
Saturday, 21 May 2022 – Hamburg
IAMIC President Diana Marsh opened the conference by welcoming delegates from over 20 nations; then the theme of ‘Music and Politics’ dominated the day – dictated by the war in Ukraine as well as by the conference venue: the Budge Palace of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg had become the property of the city in 1937 through anti-Jewish legislation. Michael Custodis looked at the politicisation of music from a historical and contemporary perspective. A guided tour and a concert in the Elbphilharmonie made the day complete.
The delegates took the train from Hamburg to Bonn on Sunday, where they visited the Schumann grave at the old cemetery in the afternoon. Also the Board met. The evening included a reception at the Hotel Königshof, with a view of the Rhine and the panorama of the Siebengebirge. From the German Music Council, miz director Stephan Schulmeistrat and managing director Stefan Piendl welcomed the international guests. The Felix Langemann Trio, all members of the Bundesjazzorchester, accompanied the meeting with jazz classics they had arranged themselves and their own compositions.
Monday, 23 May 2022 – Bonn, Remagen
Conference Day 1 & IAMIC-Concert
The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for musical life occupied the delegates on the morning of the first official conference day in the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. Robin Kuchar from the Leuphena University of Lüneburg used the first results of an international study to show how individual the experiences of musicians are. The subsequent presentation on the promotion of music through NEUSTART KULTUR, the German government's 2 billion euro rescue and future programme, attracted much attention. Finally, the delegates exchanged views with President of the German Music Council Martin Maria Krüger and IAMIC President Diana Marsh on the future of musical life after the pandemic. In a thunderstorm-ridden trip along the Rhine, the delegates went to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in the evening, where a concert awaited them with Trio Abstrakt and The Interstring Project, two young ensembles from the German Music Council's funding project InSzene, who filled the museum rooms with experimental, energetic sounds.
IAMIC-Concert: Trio Abstrakt and The Interstring Project
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 – Bonn
Public Conference Day
The centrepiece of the conference was the public conference day with over 20 speakers from the event management, music associations, collecting societies and research institutions. Four panels dealt with strategies for programme planning and audience loyalty, the promotion of contemporary music, new approaches in music communication and copyright in music in the context of globally operating corporations. In keeping with the conference venue, the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, the Eliot Quartet, winner of the German Music Competition, gave a brilliant musical start with Beethoven's String Quartet op. 130.
The event was livestreamed, optionally in English or German. After greetings from Martin Maria Krüger, Ingo Mix, representative of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Diana Marsh, Holger Noltze asked in his keynote how the availability of music on the internet is changing the modes of aesthetic experience. Following on from this, the programme planners in the first panel emphasised: digital formats cannot replace the live experience - with the self-critical addition that the opportunities of digitalisation have not been recognised for a long time, especially in the classical field, and digital formats should be established as independent projects.
Photos: Nathan Dreessen / miz
Wednesday, 25 May 2022 – Cologne
Conference Day 3: General Assembly & Cultural Programme
The morning of the third and final day of the conference saw the general meeting of IAMIC at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. In the by-election of an open position on the board, the decision fell on Radvilė Buivydienė from Lithuania. The rest of the day was filled with a varied cultural programme in Cologne: A visit to WDR broadcaster with a reception by the programme managers of WDR 3 and 5, Matthias Kremin and Andrea Zschunke, a guided tour of the cathedral with master cathedral builder Peter Füssenich and a studio concert with the Ensemble Musikfabrik.
Concert Ensemble Musikfabrik
The Ensemble Musikfabrik welcomed the delegates in its studio in Cologne's Mediapark. After an introduction to the ensemble's current activities and plans by artistic director Thomas Fichter, individual members of the ensemble gave an exclusive concert of contemporary chamber music for the IAMIC, including the world premiere of Isabel Mundry's ‘Neuma’ for solo violin.
The board of IAMIC
After the concert, the old and new board of IAMIC took the opportunity for a group picture beyond the usual zoom tiles: : (front, left to right) Deborah Keyser (Wales), Radvilė Buivydienė (Lithaunia), Diana Marsh (New Zealand), Agnieszka Cieślak-Krupa (Poland), Frank J. Oteri (USA), (back, left to right) Jonathan Grimes (Ireland), Peter Baroš (Slovenia) and Stephan Schulmeistrat (Germany).
Farewell in the brewery
The IAMIC conference ended in the traditional Cologne Brauhaus Päffgen.