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Season 2019 | 20

DAMcademy, Prishtina Kosovo | 23 thru 27 March

Oerknal returns to DAM Festival, Kosovo! This residency includes three concerts, workshops and the second edition of DAMcademy, an initiative founded in 2019 between DAM Festival and Oerknal aimed at offering Kosovan conservatory students the opprotunity to rehearse and perform contemporary repertoire alongside European musicians. 


Discrete Species | 25 March

Esaias Järnegard - Kuarup A (2013-15) 

Jessie Marino - Commitment :: ritual :: BiiM (2011) 

Jesse Broekman - Body of Unseen Beings (2016) 

Douglas Farrand - Discrete Species (2011-2020) 

Esaias Järnegard - Kuarup B (2013-15) 

A program of solo percussion music exploring the concept of ‘discreteness’ through highly focused sound worlds, sparse staging, and a general economy of material (the entire percussion set-up fits snugly in two suitcases). A meditative, illuminating concert of expansive and explorative 21st-century works. 

DAMcademy, Side-by-Side Concert | 26 March

Julia Wolfe - Blue Dress for String Quartet (2015)

John Zorn - Kol Nidre (1996)

Alfred Uhl - Divertimento for Clarinet Quintet, mvt. III (1942)

Drinor Zymberi - Scherzo for two flutes (2018)

Philip Glass - Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967)

Damjan Jovicin - Far from the end (2020)

Simeon ten Holt - Palimpsest (1990-93)

DAMcademy is a contemporary music academy founded in 2019 as a cooperation between Dutch ensemble Oerknal and DAM Festival Prishtina, Kosovo. Its aim is to offer Kosovan conservatory students the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform contemporary repertoire alongside established European musicians. This side-by-side concert concentrates on repertoire from the last 50-years, including pieces by noted composers Philip Glass, Simeon ten Holt, Julia Wolfe and John Zorn. The concert will also include the premiere of a new piece by Serbian composer Damjan Jovicin, winner of the DAMcadey Award in the inaugural edition of Balkan Composers Competition in Prishtina (BCCP).

Music in Fifths | 27 March

Philip Glass - Music in Fifths (1973)

Oerknal’s artistic director Gregory Charette presents Philip Glass’s 1973 minimalist classic Music in Fifths. This work presents the listener with a kaleidoscopic sequence of repetitive patterns, all built on the most basic of musical building blocks: a perfect fifth.

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