Crossing the Pond

Navigating Differences in European/American Contemporary Music Presentation

Judd Greenstein photo by Michi Wiancko
André de Ridder photo by Marco Gorggreve
Jennifer Dautermann photo by M. Mann
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 18 Conference
  • date:17 May 2018
  • time:12:00 - 13:00
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:Conference Room 2 (fourth floor), de Doelen
  • country:Netherlands
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts

Chaired by Judd Greenstein (US), co-artistic director, New Amsterdam Records

With André de Ridder (Germany), conductor, artistic director Musica Nova Helsinki, stargaze
Jennifer Dautermann (US/Germany), director Classical:NEXT, Piranha Arts

Europe and the United States have substantially different cultures of contemporary music presentation, especially in the loosely-defined area of "indie classical" music. For performers, composers, and management alike, negotiating those differences can be challenging, and create an obstacle to cross-continental presentation and collaboration.

This discussion aims to bring together interested parties to share experiences and perspectives that can help bridge the continental divide. Success stories are important, as are identifying the specific challenges and barriers that participants have encountered. As state institutions for funding diminishes around the world, finding ways to operate efficiently and independently is of critical importance. And while the session is centered on Europe and America, the discussion could gladly expand to include the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.