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Composition Seminar: Ancient Cultures as Inspiration for New Music

  • Seminar Room 1 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore 117376 (map)

Martin Jaggi, presenter

In the last couple of years Martin has been working on a cycle of pieces that deal with the origin of civilizations all over the world. At six places they occurred independently from each other; in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, China, the Andes and in Mesoamerica. All the pieces are written for larger Ensembles or orchestras and take as materials the oldest surviving musical cultures that are still alive today in the respective regions. Martin introduce this cycle of works with a special focus on his latest orchestra piece Caral that was written for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016.

Martin Jaggi was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1978. He studied cello and composition in Basel, Zurich and Hamburg with Reinhard Latzko and Walter Grimmer (cello) and Rudolf Kelterborn, Detlev Müller-Siemens and Manfred Stahnke (composition) as well as chamber music with the Trio del Trieste in Duino (Italy).

As a composer Martin Jaggi has received commissions from many orchestras, chamber ensembles and festivals, including the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Novum Zurich, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Austrian Ensemble for New Music, the Festival Archipel Geneva and the Donaueschinger Musiktage. His works have been played in many European and Asian countries as well as in Argentina, Mexico, the USA, Canada and South Africa.

Since 2014 Martin Jaggi lives with his family in Singapore and is a coach of the Opus Novus Ensemble at the YSTCM. He commutes regularly between Europe and Asia.


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