Sounds Now: Freedom to Move, a Long Table exploration

11 November 2022 | 14:45 - 15:45Clubzaal

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Can musical creation still flow freely? Freedom to Move is the name of a project by Sounds Now, which explores the dynamic between the freedom and boundaries of genre in relation to contemporary classical music. Swedish-Ethiopian singer and composer Sofia Jernberg is Freedom to Move’s Artistic Coach and focal point of the project. Freedom to Move had its initiation at Verkadefabriek on October 12th, and saw Paloma Lázaro Arteaga (ES), Yankı Bıçakçı (TR), Jodi Gilbert (USA/NL), Ilyas Nadjafi (Afghanistan) and Rianne Wilbers (NL) performing. These five vocalists impressed with their solo pieces and quite diverse interactions and duets.

Next stop on the Freedom to Move trail is hcmf (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) on 21 November. Artistic directors from Sounds Now affiliates Musica (BE), Time of Music (FI) and November Music, together with vocalist Jodi Gilbert, are inviting the audience to their Long Table to talk about what Freedom to Move means in their respective organizations. What does it mean for contemporary classical music in the broad sense? And what does Freedom to Move mean to you?

The Sounds Now network consists of nine European music festivals (November Music in the Netherlands) and cultural centres promoting contemporary music, experimental music and sound art. Sounds Now aims to actively stimulate inclusion across the industry, opening the capacity and possibility for different experiences, conditions, and perspectives to shape the sonic art that reaches today’s audiences.


Esther Ursem (Musica, BE). Esther Ursem is a flautist and music educator by training. In the recent years, she has worked as a flute teacher and educational coordinator in the Academy for Music and Drama and flautist in Casco Phil. (Chamber Orchestra of Belgium). Since September 2014 Esther started working for Musica as the artistic coordinator of the Babelut Activities, aimed at musical participation for the youngest. Her role within Musica changed in 2018. Being the director her priorities for the future include a commitment to (inter)national partnerships and expanding the activities of Musica.

Bert Palinckx (November Music, NL) is artistic director of November Music. He is responsible for the whole programme but also likes to work with experts, for example for the FAQ-festival.

Jodi Gilbert (vocalist, improviser, teacher of performance skills, US) is a native Californian based in Amsterdam, is known as a dancer, singer, actress, and teacher of performance skills in the USA and Europe. She began dance training at the age of four and studied classical ballet. modern, and folk dance in California and in New York City. She received a BA in Renaisssance Theater from UC Berkeley in 1973, and was in the graduate program for dance and choreography at UCLA from 1976-77. In New York City she studied at the Alvin Ailey School, primarily with Joyce Trisler and Milton Meyers, and ballet with Lawrence Rhodes and Ernest Pagnano. She studied and performed Commedia dell’Arte with Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, formerly of the Piccolo Theater of Milan, and voice in NYC with John Devers, Jeannette Lovetri, and in Holland with Ronald Klekamp. She has received several grants to study theatrical forms and music (Wayang Kulit and Gender) in Bali and was sent to Mongolia by the Dutch government to work and perform with Mongolian musicians and singers.

Johan Tallgren (composer, artistic director, Time of Music, FI)
Johan Tallgren is an active writer and contributor on the musical scene; he has been artistic director of the Musica nova festival in Helsinki and is at the moment the artistic director of the Time of Music festival in Viitasaari. On his composing, from the Music Finland website: “Johan Tallgren follows in the unsentimental footsteps of his teacher Brian Ferneyhough. Kimmo Korhonen describes his hitherto limited output as ‘polished, bright and complex Modernist works’. He has mainly written instrumental music, and his translucent sound ideal is often apparent in instrumental combinations such as soprano, oboe and vibraphone.”


Rogier Telderman (composer, pianist, coach, Powered by TINC, NL). Rogier Telderman is seen as a musical phenomenon without limits. He knows how to fuse influences from jazz, classical and pop into a completely individual style. This can be heard on his worldwide acclaimed debut album Contours, which was released in 2015. The pianist engages with top musicians such as Thomas Strønen, Petros Klampanis, Nik Bärtsch and Tuur Florizoone. He challenges both musicians and listeners to open up, to inspire each other and their surroundings. With open heart and spirit.

Photo: Freedom to Move, the kick-off at Verkadefabriek, 12 October 2022 (Jodi Gilbert 2nd from left)


Sounds Now: Freedom to Move, a Long Table exploration

Kan muzikale creatie nog vrij stromen? Freedom to Move is de naam van een project van Sounds Now, dat de dynamiek onderzoekt tussen de vrijheid en de grenzen van genres in relatie tot hedendaagse klassieke muziek. De Zweeds-Ethiopische zangeres en componiste Sofia Jernberg is de artistieke coach van Freedom to Move en het middelpunt van het project. Freedom to Move ging op 12 oktober van start in de Verkadefabriek en zag Paloma Lázaro Arteaga (ES), Yankı Bıçakçı (TR), Jodi Gilbert (USA/NL), Ilyas Nadjafi (Afghanistan) en Rianne Wilbers (NL) optreden. Deze vijf vocalisten maakten indruk met hun solostukken en zeer uiteenlopende interacties en duetten.

De volgende halte voor Freedom to Move is hcmf (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival). Artistiek leiders van Sounds Now-gelieerde festivals Musica (BE), Time of Music (FI) en November Music nodigen, samen met zangeres Jodi Gilbert, het publiek uit aan hun Long Table om te praten over wat Freedom to Move betekent in hun respectievelijke organisaties. Wat betekent het voor hedendaagse klassieke muziek in brede zin? En wat betekent Freedom to Move voor jou?

Het Sounds Now netwerk bestaat uit negen Europese muziekfestivals (November Music in Nederland) en culturele centra die hedendaagse muziek, experimentele muziek en geluidskunst promoten. Sounds Now heeft tot doel de integratie in de hele sector actief te stimuleren, zodat verschillende ervaringen, omstandigheden en perspectieven vorm kunnen geven aan de geluidskunst die het publiek van vandaag bereikt.