with contemporary music from Taiwan
launched by Swiss Contemporary Music Duo UMS 'n JIP
in close collaboration with the
Taipei Int. Contemporary Music Festival
and ISCM Taiwan.
Its startup is scheduled
for early summer 2016.












UMS 'n JIP ['umsnjip] are a Swiss contemporary music duo consisting of Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS - recorders & electronics] and Javier Hagen [JIP - vocals & electronics]. They are one of the most experienced and distinguished contemporary music laboratories of our times, working within a global network of high profile researchers, programmers, composers, ensembles, visual artists, authors, stage directors, thinkers, festivals and organizers.

UMS 'n JIP explore new musical, installative and scenic settings for voice, recorders and electronics ranging from live to digital performance as well as European and non-European music. Collaboration providing common research, rehearsals and recordings with the individual composers over several years as well as an exceptionally high number of performances all around the world mean that the works commissioned by UMS 'n JIP are among the most often performed compositions by such composers. Although UMS ’n JIP do handle an impressive workload, their aim is not to premiere as much as possible but to perform new works as often as possible - since works basically grow by being performed.

Since their studies (composition, audio design & musical performance) in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been invited to prestigious contemporary music and theatre festivals (Avignon, Paris, Marseille, Zürich, Lausanne, Lucerne, Basel, Bern, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Ulan Bator, Seoul, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Adelaide, New York, Donaueschingen, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riga, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Athens, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Cairo) 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 Heiner Goebbels, Wolfgang Rihm, Mauricio Kagel, Aribert Reimann, Peter Eötvös, Luis Codera Puzo, Erik Ona, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Chikashi Miyama, Huang Ruo, Wen Deqing and Guo Wenjing.

UMS 'n JIP are involved in >100 international events annually, including mobile chamber operas & multimedia performances. They can look back on more than 700 concerts and 150 commissioned works since 2007, being for years one of the most active contemporary music ensembles worldwide. They have received >50 commissions and awards and have been invited to share their knowledge in >30 universities all over the world.

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. JIP is the current president of ISCM Switzerland as well as board member of the European Conference of Promoters of New Music ECPNM, Swiss Music Edition, Swissfestivals and of the UNESCO Commission for the Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Canton of Valais. Within these structures, UMS 'n JIP have initiated more than 200 additional projects and commissions. Since 2013 UMS 'n JIP have taken part in two international research projects: FP7 i-Treasures and Recorder Map. The duo are coached by Irvine Arditti, leader of the world renowned London-based Arditti Quartet.,,

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