Indie Classical Network Meeting during Sound of Stockholm, with Society of Swedish Composers
Report by Etienne Abelin
On Friday morning, Gabriel, Fabian and I had the chance to present the emerging indie classical network to interested Swedish presenters, city culture delegates and artists. We gave a quick overview of the history of the term IC and the way we understand it today, as a cluster of overlapping interests and values: combining substance and communication, crossing genres (post-genre music), dedication to education, the creation of „points of entry“ and community building, bridges to other art forms, performances in alternative venues, a spirit of co-operation, transparency and entrepreneurship. The audience was very interested and reacted quite enthusiastically - this whole concept seems to really hit a nerve for many. Subsequent discussions were interesting and raised a number of good questions - for example the one on how to navigate such new approaches with an existing institutional landscape that is often a bit reluctant to engage in unusual projects. Frank Veenstra of Cross-Linx Festival and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holland, shared his experience on how shared initiatives are possible when a young generation of music managers are in charge in various institutions as is the case in Holland at the moment.
On Saturday, Gabriel and I gave a workshop to interested young Swedish musicians, shared our experience and learned from the participants about their projects that were often already really done in an indie classical spirit!