Classical:NEXT is an annual event that is dedicated to uniting all professionals within the classical music and art landscape, and providing them with a place to meet and connect, do business, brainstorm, create, and be inspired. The event is held at De Doelen in Rotterdam, Netherlands and consists of four sections: showcases, conference, project pitches, and expos. All in all, Classical:NEXT! provides an inspiringly fruitful meeting ground for all those that seek to learn, create, and shape the future of classical music. In June, Stingray Classica presents no less than 3 performances of the showcase festival, every Wednesday night.
Classical:NEXT 2019 - Dublin Guitar Quartet
Wednesday, June 3
Strange to think that until the formation of The Dublin Guitar Quartet (DGQ) there had never been a guitar ensemble that specialised in contemporary classical music. The quartet consists of Brian Bolger, Pat Brunnock, Tomas O’Durcain, and Chien Buggle. Not deterred by the scarcity of repertoire, the DGQ set about creating their own collection of work by focusing on transcriptions and new commissions. Their performances now boast a dynamic mix of celebrated masterpieces by the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Bryce Dessner alongside new commissions by composers such as Nico Muhly, Michael Gordon, and Marc Mellits. During this showcase at Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam they perform the following program: Aheym by Bryce Dessner, Rachel Grimes' Book of Leaves (“Every Morning,” “My Dear Companion,” “Every Morning,” “Birds”), an arrangement of Philip Glass' Saxophone Quartet movement I and “Changing of the Guard” by Nikita Koshkin.
Classical:NEXT 2019 - Lost Heritage
Wednesday, June 10
François Vasseur and Pierre Chataignon make up the French electronic and contemporary music duo Lost Heritage. Living in the region of Geneva, they are two music lovers interested in jazz, classical, urban, and electronic music. François Vasseur is an electronic composer and pianist. He has been working on electronics for many years, starting as a DJ, then as a musician and composer, while also working in the field of cultural mediation and public engagement for organisations like the Verbier Festival, the Geneva Opera and the Lyon Baroque Music Festival. Pierre Chataignon works on various projects across many musical styles, from world music to electronic, as well as in film sound production and voice-over projects that require high quality sound recording, mixing, and production. Together, they offer a unique musical experience and a sensitive touch to electronic beats. During this showcase recorded at Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands they perform a set list consisting of their own works.
Classical:NEXT 2019 - Śniedź
Wednesday, June 17
Śniedź is a voice and electronics duo from Warsaw, Poland who combine extended vocal techniques with improvised, self-named “glitchtronica.” Singer, performer, and sound artist Aleksandra Klimczak frequently breaks boundaries between art genres through cooperating with young artists from different artistic fields. Her work has been awarded from scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Capital City of Warsaw. Music curator Antoni Beksiak deals with contemporary crossover, ethnic, classical, jazz, and pop music in his work as an initiator, critic and creator. During this showcase recorded at Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands the perform a set list of their own works.