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Slovenian ISCM Section of the Slovene Composers Society


Every two years the Slovenian Section of Contemporary Music (ISCM) prepares and organizes the International Festival of Contemporary Music UNICUM. These festivities are a continuation of the traditions of the International Festival Musica Danubiana which started its activities in 1998. 
The first International Festival of Contemporary Music UNICUM took place in 2004 from October 1 to October 9 and the second in 2006 from October 17 to October 26. Most of the concerts were performed in Ljubljana - the capital of Slovenia, while two concerts took place in Celje and Novo mesto.
The festival offered many premiere performances of both national and international composers. The performing artists were: Louise Sibourd from France, Trio Barocco Forte, the Big Band of the Slovenian National Radio and Television Station (Big Band RTV Slovenia), the Ensemble for Contemporary Music MD7, the Piano Duo Miha Haas and Tadey Horvat, the Ensemble for new music ANGAG and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovenian National Radio and Television Station. The UNICUM Festival is tightly connected to the Italian Festival of Contemporary Music "Trieste Prima" and other institutions. 

In future, UNICUM will put more emphasis on international exchange and other projects like music workshops and study courses for young composers with preference to smaller ensembles searching for new sounds. 

Now the new programme concept of the UNICUM International Festival of Contemporary Music 2008 is on the table. The event will take place from Thursday, May 8 until Friday, May 16, 2008, and will be organized every two years on even years by the Slovenian ISCM Section which is part of the Slovenian Composers Society. The festival's objective is to search and to emphasize trends stimulating novelties and creativity. 
2008 will be the year of Slovenia's EU-Presidency, and as UNICUM is bound to create a connecting link between European composers, the programme shall consist of new works, novelties and premiere performances from composers of European countries. The festival slogan of UNICUM 2008 will be: "A Look Around Europe". Some good international connections have already been established.
The programme will focus on composers working in countries like: Austria, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and (of course) Slovenia. Expected performers are: the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Band RTV Slovenia, KOS Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble MD7 for Contemporary Music, ANGAG Ensemble for New Music, Ensemble CONCORDE (Ireland), Ensemble CANTICUM for Contemporary Music (Zagreb, Croatia) and some soloists performing individually.

The festival venue will be Ljubljana. Apart from premiere performances, also repeted concerts are planned in different Slovenian cities and in Slovenia's neighbouring countries, i.e. Novo mesto, Velenje, Celje, Murska Sobota, Ptuj, Koper, Trieste, and Zagreb.

During a period of nine festival days UNICUM will present approximately 35 new works, among those: 8 to 10 new compositions of Slovenian composers, 8 to 10 new compositions of invited international composers, 5 selected compositions of Slovenian composers, which have been considered by the field as lastingly important, and up to 10 compositions of world-renowned composers. The festival will also perform compositions even if their creation has been in earlier times, thus maintaining the connection between tradition and contemporaneity.

Already the former international festival Musica Danubiana has brought together composers from Slovenia and foreign countries. UNICUM will stick to this policy also in future. The Slovenian ISCM section encouraged the foundation of a permanent ensemble for contemporary music. Thus, the ensemble MD (Musica Danubiana) was established, which later changed into MD7. 

MD (Musica Danubiana) had its debut performance in Vienna November 7, 2001. Some time after this event the group changed some of its members, the number of musicians became smaller but remained the same ever since. MD7 realised its basic mission already when concerting with its new members for the very first time (November 20, 2002): to mostly perform compositions which strictly observe the instrumentational character of the group and are written only for them. Some commissioned works are still to come and will as such also in future present the major part of the ensemble's repertoire. The ensemble was founded by its members and some distinguished musicians from outside, among those the conductor Lior Shambadal. The composer Pavel Mihelcic has been the artistic director of the ensemble from the very beginning. 

Special for MD7 is that they mainly perform music written for them by Slovenian composers and composers from abroad. The invitation was exepted by many Slovenian and some international composers. Following composers outside Slovenia responded to the invitation: Stefano Bonetti (Italy), François Bousch (France), Giampaolo Coral (Italy), Sorin Lerescu (Romania), Jean-Luc Darbelley (Switzerland), Andrian Pertout (Australia), Corrado Rojac (Italy), Martin Marek (Czech Republic), Lars Graugaard (Denmark), Harry Crowl (Brazil). Wing Wah Chan (Hong Kong), Dmitrij Lybin (White Russia) and others. 

The ensemble MD7 consists of following members: Matej ZUPAN - flute, Jože KOTAR - clarinet,Mihael ŠULER - trombone, Franci KREVH - percussions, Luca FERRINI - piano, Katja KRAJNIK - viola and Igor MITROVIC - violoncello. Conductor of the ensemble is the American musician Steven LOY, the artistic director Pavel MIHELCIC. Up to now there have been 39 compositions written only for MD7! Five years have passed since the first concert of the ensemble in Vienna.
Pavel Mihelcic




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