TAIWAN PROJECT is a project
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.
'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
'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.
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.
'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.
'n JIP are also involved in the direction of the Swiss Contemporary
Music Festival Forum Wallis,
chaired by the International Society for Contemporary Music
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.