Closing keynote talk: a look at 2021 from a programmer’s perspective
New Music Conference’s live programme will sign off with a talk between three of the Netherlands’ most prominent and pioneering programmers. What do they take away from the most challenging year in their careers so far? How do they approach the near future and what choices do they make amidst the turmoil caused by the pandemic?
Grab a start-of-the-weekend drink, sit back, and enjoy what these cultural tastemakers have to say.
Since 2019 Masa Spaan has been head of the classical music programming in theater Doelen in Rotterdam. Here she programs the Red Sofa, the series for contemporary and adventurous music. In addition she is the programmer of the Ongehoord (Unheard) stage at Wonderfeel Festival. She regularly gives guest lectures at various colleges, including the course Curatorial Practices in Music of ArtEZ.
Shane Burmania (1984) has worked as a music programmer at Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam) since 2011 and at Korzo theater in The Hague since 2015. At Muziekgebouw, together with two colleagues Shane initiated the series The Rest is Noise in 2012, which has since grown into a renowned label for adventurous music. He also programs the biannual Minimal Music Festival. In addition, Shane has been the programmer of the White Label stage at Wonderfeel, from the festival’s first edition on.
Bert Palinckx (1962) started his music career in 1980 as a professional double bass player in the jazz and improvised music world. In 1981 he won the Meervaart Jazz Prize. In 1983 he started the band Palinckx with his brother Jacq. For almost 25 years this band played at important jazz and improvised music festivals all over the world. They released two LP’s and ten CD’s. Bert is one of the founders of the famous jazz club Paradox Tilburg, where he was involved in the board and artistic commission for 15 years. In 1999 he became the artistic director of the festival November Music in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the most important new music festival in the Netherlands. Bert is a member of several jury’s and commissions in the new music world, like the DAAD in Berlin.