Programme 2023

Please note, this is the programme of New Music Conference 2023. Stay tuned for the first updates of the New Music Conference 2024 programme.

The fifth edition of New Music Conference took place on Thursday 9 November at cultural centre Verkadefabriek in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Explore the full programme below.


Shifting Boundaries Revisited

09 November 2023 | 10:00 - 14:15 Studio Tramkade

At New Music Conference 2022, seven professorships in the fields of music and art embarked on a journey together by initiating Shifting Boundaries – Situating Contemporary Music Practices, a multi-year research that enquires into the rapidly shifting boundaries in contemporary music. Following an initial exploration of this vast landscape, which culminated in the eponymous publication […]

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Nourishing Diversity: Representation and Inclusion

09 November 2023 | 10:15 - 11:15 Clubzaal

How can we create a new music context that is inclusive and representative? How do we nourish situations that stimulate diversity in artistic participation? Anne La Berge will discuss Nieuw Geneco’s Tree of Musical Influences project. Alison Isadora will present some research findings concerning issues of diversity in the contemporary Western art music community. Topics […]

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Money matters! Meet the advisors 1-on-1

09 November 2023 | 10:15 - 11:45 Filmzaal 4

Do you have questions about copyright, neighboring rights or the (crowd) funding of your project? Do you want to know where to go for funding your creative plans in the first place? No matter whether you have a specific idea in mind or want general information, we will ensure a room full of educators and […]

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From musician to maker: the journey of Maya Fridman

09 November 2023 | 11:15 - 12:00 Grote Zaal

Musician, medium, priestess. For Maya Fridman (1989), these words mean virtually the same thing. Music is magic, she believes. And as a performer, she enjoys taking her audience to that other, magical world. This is how she turns each concert into an almost religious ritual. Upon reflection, there are two Mayas. The classical Maya studied […]

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Concert performance: Maya Fridman & LudoWic - XIV

09 November 2023 | 12:00 - 12:30 Grote Zaal

This year, New Music Conference visitors can experience a special concert: a short version of XIV, the multidisciplinary performance by Maya Fridman and LudoWic, as programmed during November Music. Cellist and singer Maya Fridman is artist-in-residence during November Music 2023. Thijs Lodewijk aka LudoWic (audiovisuals, electronics) worked with singers Wende and Lakhsmi, among others, on […]

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Naar fair pay in de muziekpraktijk

09 November 2023 | 12:30 - 13:30 Clubzaal

This panel is Dutch spoken. De fairPACCT Ketentafel Jazz/Wereld/Impro presenteert samen met bureau Knyfe de plannen voor fair pay tarieven. Voorzien van een vergelijking met de vorderingen bij de eerder gestarte Ketentafels Popmusici en Freelance Klassieke Musici. Netwerkorganisatie Platform ACCT (Platform Arbeidsmarkt Culturele en Creatieve Toekomst) is opgericht met steun van de Kunstenbond en Federatie […]

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This is your composer speaking: Andrea Voets (BE-NL)

09 November 2023 | 12:30 - 13:30 Filmzaal 4

The Flemish-Dutch Andrea Voets is the world’s only musical journalist. As the artistic director of Resonate Productions, she combines in-depth, social journalism with tailor-made music, turning it into podcasts & documentary-concerts. Working from De Balie in Amsterdam (‘the Dutch house for debate’), she made the documentary concerts Wings & Roots (2018) and While We Live […]

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This is your composer speaking: Kika Sprangers (NL)

09 November 2023 | 13:45 - 14:45 Filmzaal 4

Kika Sprangers made a name for herself in the jazz world with her narrative compositions for small and large ensembles. That she does not opt for a standard approach is shown by her pieces for string ensemble Pynarello (the lauded No Man’s Land) and for the Jong Metropole orchestra (a composition assignment linked to winning […]

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Sounds Now: Curating Diversity

09 November 2023 | 14:00 - 15:00 Clubzaal

Sounds Now, a network consisting of nine European music festivals and cultural institutions promoting contemporary music, experimental music, and sound art, offers a yearly course titled “Curating Diversity” to prospective music curators. Led by Sounds Now associated artists and experts from the music world and other professional fields, the course aims to provide a space […]

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What is the social relevance of contemporary music?

09 November 2023 | 15:00 - 16:00 Studio Tramkade

What values does New Music stand for? What is driving our message to be heard, felt and valued? How does New Music relate to a world in transition and social injustice, and what the world demands of us right now? At New Music Conference, you can easily state that ‘together we are the system’. What […]

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This is your composer speaking: Simon Steen-Andersen (DK)

09 November 2023 | 15:00 - 16:00 Filmzaal 4

Simon Steen-Andersen is a composer and stage director from Denmark, living in Berlin. His approach to musical performance and the concert situation is multidisciplinary, resulting in works situated between the categories of music, performance, theatre, choreography and film. Programmed during November Music is his performance Inszenierte Nacht, which he wrote for the German Ensemble Ascolta. […]

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New Composers Pitch

09 November 2023 | 16:00 - 17:00 Clubzaal

Young composers are presenting themselves and their work in the final hour of New Music Conference. Some of them are still studying at the Dutch conservatories, some have just graduated, all have been brought forward by their former teachers. Welcome them to the stage! Let’s see how they manage to pitch their art. A professional […]

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New Music Conference Closing Drinks

09 November 2023 | 17:00 - 18:00 Clubzaal

The best conversations often happen during drinks. Finish the conversations you started during the day or get the chance to meet and speak a potential client or fellow creative you missed earlier. November Music and BumaStemra, the partners of New Music Conference are offering you a drink. Cheers to New Music!

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