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Workshops in kyiv and berlin SignsGames

for kids, teens, and their adults

About the project

The project is implemented in partnership with the National Ensemble of Soloists Kyiv Camerata, Ensemble KNM Berlin, and Neue Musik für Alle e.V., and with the support of «Culture Helps / Культура допомагає».


«Culture Helps / Культура допомагає» is a project co-funded by the European Union under a dedicated call for proposals to support Ukrainian displaced people and the Ukrainian Cultural and Creative Sectors. The project is a cooperation between Insha Osvita (UA) and zusa (DE).


Kyiv Contemporary Music Days (KCMD), an educational and concert platform for new music, launches SignsGames, a project designed to help families of displaced Ukrainians with children overcome the psychological effects of the Russian full-scale invasion with the help of music. Created in cooperation with professional music collectives from Ukraine and Germany and Ukrainian contemporary classical composers, the project focuses on the therapeutic aspects of collective music-making and group interactions, aiming to promote new music among the younger generation.


The project will consist of eight free workshops for kids and teenagers in Kyiv (1–2 June 2024) and Berlin (30 June, 6–7 July 2024). At the workshops, children will learn what new music is and get to know professional musicians in a relaxed friendly setting: in Kyiv, they will meet the members of the National Ensemble of Soloists Kyiv Camerata and in Berlin, the musicians of the Ensemble KNM Berlin. The main part of the workshops, however, will be practical and playful: children will get to play music together with adult musicians.


KCMD commissioned Ukrainian composers Renata Sokachyk and Yana Shliabanska to create musical pieces to be performed at workshops exclusively for the SignsGames project. The works are designed to be performed by professional musicians together with children and teenagers with no experience of playing musical instruments. Combining music-playing with games, the pieces will deliberately include elements of randomness and surprise, so children can learn new instruments without worrying about playing something wrong.


The project’s title refers to the series Signs, Games and Messages by influential 20th-century composer György Kurtág. Signs, Games and Messages are works for various instrumental ensembles, in which the composer evokes light-hearted playfulness and invites the listener to explore the instruments for which the works are written. Similarly, in their works, Renata Sokachyk and Yana Shliabanska create a space for children and teenagers to play musical games, explore musical instruments, and live the experience of music-making within a real ensemble on an equal footing with professional musicians.


The workshops were developed in consultation with professional psychologist and music therapist Maryna Sliot. A safe space will be created for children, teenagers, and their families where they can relax, meet new people, have fun, and learn something new.


To register for a workshop, please fill out this form, choosing the city, date, and age category (kids or teenagers). 

Practical information about workshops

KYIV

WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE

Saturday, 1 June:

11:00–13:30 — kids

15:00–17:30 — teenagers


Sunday, 2 June:

11:00–13:30 — kids

15:00–17:30 — teenagers

MUSICIANS

Musicians of the National Ensemble of Soloists Kyiv Camerata who will participate in the workshop:

When: 1–2 June 2024

Where: Mizhvukhamy Space, Kozatska Street, 119А

Duration: 2–2.5 hours

Please note that all workshops are designed for families of displaced Ukrainians with children.


Participation in the workshops is free, but the availability is limited, so participation will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email confirming your registration.


Each day there will be one workshop for children aged 7–11 and one for teenagers aged 12–17. When registering for the workshop, you will need to choose an age category and a date. The presence of parents is mandatory (adults will be able to have tea and chat in the adjacent room). Parents with younger children can also join the workshop.


The level of mastery of an instrument does not matter. If your child is learning to play a musical instrument, they can participate in the workshop. If your child doesn’t play any instrument, they can still participate in the workshop.

Berlin

WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE

Sunday, 30 June:

10:00–12:30 — kids 


Saturday, 6 July:

14:00–16:30 — teenagers


Sunday, 7 July:

10:00–12:30 — kids

14:00–16:30 — teenagers

MUSICIANS

Musicians of Ensemble KNM Berlin who will participate in the workshop:

When: 30 June, 6–7 July 2024

Where: Hotel Continental — Art Space in Exile, Elsenstraße 87, 12435 Berlin

Duration: 2–2.5 hours

Please note that all workshops are designed for families of displaced Ukrainians with children.


Language of workshops: Ukrainian and English. The musicians of Ensemble KNM Berlin speak English and German, and the rest of the project team speak Ukrainian and English. If your child only speaks Ukrainian, they will be helped to communicate with the musicians if necessary.


Participation in the workshops is free, but the availability is limited, so participation will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email confirming your registration.


Each day there will be one workshop for children aged 7–11 and one for teenagers aged 12–17. When registering for the workshop, you will need to choose an age category and a date. The presence of parents is mandatory (adults will be able to have tea and chat in the adjacent room). Parents with younger children can also join the workshop.


The level of mastery of an instrument does not matter. If your child is learning to play a musical instrument, they can participate in the workshop. If your child doesn’t play any instrument, they can still participate in the workshop.

About participants

the ensembles

KYIV CAMERATA

The National Ensemble of Soloists Kyiv Camerata is an orchestra where every musician is a virtuoso and a soloist. The collective’s mission is to promote Ukrainian music in all its various styles, movements, and schools of composition. The orchestra’s repertoire is constantly updated and covers a wide range of music from the ancient music of baroque masters to the works of modern composers.


In 1977, conductor Valerii Matiukhin established the Chamber Music Ensemble as a combination company of the Union of Composers of Ukraine. In 1993, after the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, the company gained its artistic autonomy with the assigned status of a state ensemble, which marked a new stage of its development. In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field, the orchestra was granted National status in 2000, firmly establishing its position among the most esteemed orchestras in Ukraine. 


Among the Ukrainian authors who collaborated and wrote for the ensemble are both classics of modern music and emerging composers: Valentyn Sylvestrov, Yevhen Stankovych, Myroslav Skoryk, Ivan Karabyts, Oleh Kiva, Vitalii Hubarenko, Yurii Ishchenko, Levko Kolodub, Leonid Hrabovskyi, Volodymyr Zubytskyi, Lesia Dychko, Hanna Havrylets, Zoltan Almashi, Yuliia Homelska, Karmella Tsepkolenko, and many others.


The geography of Kyiv Camerata’s tours includes Poland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Armenia, Croatia, Georgia, the USA, Kuwait and other countries.


kyivcamerata.org

ENSEMBLE KNM BERLIN

Ensemble KNM Berlin — since its foundation in 1988 — has presented programs across the world that reflect a curiosity to explore the unknown and the willingness to confront the most pressing themes of our times. The ensemble presents compositions, concert installations, and concert projects created in close cooperation with composers, authors, conductors, artists, and stage directors from around the world. Since 2016, KNM Berlin has been increasingly committed to musical, multi-perspective networking with intercultural collaborations worldwide. Whether in Argentina, India, Japan, Cambodia, Korea, Mexico, or Taiwan — the musicians of Ensemble KNM confront the pressing questions of globalization with surprising concepts and intercultural collaborations. 


KNM Berlin has earned an international reputation with repeated guest appearances at important music festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, MaerzMusik in Berlin, ars musica in Brussels, Festival d’Automne in Paris, and Wien Modern in Vienna, as well as with its own productions such as HouseMusik or KNM New Music Spa. Concert tours have taken the ensemble to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei. 


KNM’s discography comprises more than 18 CDs to date; the KNM was awarded the German Record Critics’ Award in 2021, 2009, and 2010 for its collaboration with the composer Beat Furrer. 


kammerensemble.de

The COMPOSERS

RENATA SOKACHYK

Ukrainian composer, teacher, researcher, PhD in art history. Laureate of the Levko Revutskyi Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.


Renata Sokachyk’s compositions include chamber instrumental, vocal, and orchestral works. Her pieces were performed by some of Ukraine’s best-known ensembles such as Khreschatyk Academic Chamber Choir, the National Ensemble of Soloists Kyiv Camerata, the National Chamber Ensemble Kyiv Soloists, the Ensemble of Contemporary Music Ricochet, the Kyiv Fantastic Orchestra, and others.


In 2018, the composer won first place at the “Contemporary Musical Dialogue in the Carpathian Region” contest, and her vocal-instrumental work Radnoti-fragments was performed in several cities in Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. In the same year, along with the works of other emerging Kyiv composers, Renata Sokachyk’s piece for solo violin Samotność (ona przychodzi, kiedy jesteś sam) was selected for the Polish-Ukrainian dialogue project “Miedzy wiekami” and performed in Poznan, Katowice, and Warsaw by the Ukrainian violinist Natalia Koliada. In 2020, the composer became a finalist in the international project “O Blissful Loss of Self” by the contemporary music ensemble Anima Vox Duo (USA).


In addition to her creative and scientific work, the composer is also engaged in teaching. From 2011 on, she has taught music theory at the Stefan Turchak Kyiv Children Arts School. Since 2021, Renata Sokachyk has been a member of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine. In 2022, she co-founded the “Ukrainian Composers of the 21st Century for Children” festival. 

YANA SHLIABANSKA

Ukrainian composer and sound artist. Author of the chamber, orchestral music, interactive sound installations, music for theater and performances, and electroacoustic music. Shliabanska also performs live with improvisational electronic sets.


Yana Shliabanska created music for more than 30 projects presented in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the USA, and other countries. She won a Grant from the President of Ukraine to create an interactive sound installation They Breathe. With the support of the French Institute, she was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

PROJECT TEAM

Mykhailo Chedryk, Polina Horodyska, Roksolana Kit, Vasyl Lutsyk, Tetiana Melnychenko, Dasha Podoltseva, Albert Saprykin, Anastasiia Stovbyr, Mariia Tytova, Daria Vdovina, Les Vynogradov, Kseniia Yanus

COMPOSERS

Renata Sokachyk, Yana Shliabanska

CONSULTANT

Maryna Sliot

ORGANIZER

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