The Goethe-Institut Hanoi would like to inform you that to prevent risks related to the corona virus infection, the event „TRAIECT- New Music for Traditional Asian Instruments and Electronics“ on 12.03.2020 will be postponed. This event will be held at other appropriate times and we will notify you as soon as possible.
The Hanover Society for New Music (HGNM) and the University for Music Drama and Media Hanover are currently hosting the third issue of Traiect: Traditional Asian Instruments and Electronics. It is about the encounter between contemporary music (including electronics) and traditional instruments of a selected country. Traiect I — Korea 2017 was inspired by Korean composer Younghi Pagh-Paan and dedicated to Isang Yun for his 100th birthday. It focussed on Korean traditional percussion (Sori Choi). In Traiect II — Iran eight composers from Iran, Iceland, China and Germany wrote pieces for Tanbur (Mehdi Jalali) and Oud (Yasamin Shahhosseini) which were then performed in November 2018 in Sprengel Museum Hannover. Presently the focus is on Taiwan. For Traiect III — Taiwan composers from Argentina, China, USA, North Macedonia, Iran, Korea and Taiwan will compose eight pieces for three musicians of the Pakkoán Music Ensemble Water Stage of Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA).
As the encounter between composers of contemporary music and instrumentalists of traditional Asian instruments is essential for Traiect, there is always a workshop where composers and instrumentalists get together. Here the musicians show their instruments: they are played and which music is played traditionally. The workshop offers space to try out first ideas and is the starting point for the close collaboration between composers and musicians in the development of the compositions.
Joachim Heintz is director of HGNM and since 2004 head of the Electronic Composition Department in the Institute for New Music Incontri at HMTMH. He will explain the ideas behind Traiect and will show examples from the past two issues. Traiect IV might be dedictated to Vietnam in 2022.
Photo: Farhad Ilaghi Hosseini © Joachim Heintz
Joachim Heintz (* 1961) studied composition under the Korean composer Younghi Pagh-Paan at the Bremen University of the Arts. Many of his compositions combine instruments and electronics, such as Schlagschatten (2006) for accordion and live electronics (commissioned by Deutschlandfunk) or Wege (2017) for string quartet and electronics (commissioned by the Nomos Quartet). He did musical installations (for example 16 sound steles on the site of the Hannover World Exhibition). He is a member of the Theater der Versammlung Bremen (as a performer and composer).
Since 2004 he has ben head of the electronic studio at the Institute for New Music Incontri at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where he is responsible for the training of composition students in electronic music.
His particular concern is the support of open source software for audio (Audacity, PD, Csound). This gives composers and musicians affordable access to software programs and digital tools. With this special knowledge, Joachim Heintz is also active outside of Germany. Concerts, workshops and master classes, the participation as a juror have taken him to Iran, Taiwan, Korea and South America.
Since 2015 he has been involved in the development of ALMA, a software instrument for improvisation. Since then he has given ALMA concerts with many different musicians from different countries. Two CDs (with Günter Christmann and Shaghayegh Bagheri) have emerged from this work. With reference to Korean Pansori music he composed Pan.Sori for the Korean drummer Sori Choi. He is currently writing a piece for oud and live electronics in close collaboration with the Iranian oud player Yasamin Shahhosseini.
As chair of the Hanover Society for New Music, he biannually organizes TRAIECT (Traditional Asian Instruments and Electronics), where new music is written for traditional Asian instruments and electronics from countries of different origins (2017 Korea, 2018 Iran, 2020 Taiwan).