The 5th edition of the Atlas Academy took place from 20 to 31 August 2014 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and culminated in the Atlas Festival at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ on 6 and 7 September 2014.
The Atlas Academy offered a wide range of activities:
1 Atelier for the creation of new repertoire
Composers and musicians from all over the world came together to study and research the possibilities to create new intercultural music during two weeks of experimental sessions and workshops.
2 Masterclasses for instrumentalists
A specially designed programme for instrumentalists with lectures and masterclasses given by top soloists like Dhruba Ghosh, Lang Wei Wei, Harrie Starreveld and others.
3 Lectures / demonstrations on Middle Eastern and Asian instruments
lutes – 'ud, tar, setar, pipa
bowed strings – erhu, kamancha, sarangi, kemençe
zithers – qanun, santur, zheng, koto
wind instruments – shakuhachi, duduk, sheng, sho
4 Seminars and documentation
Lectures by invited guest speakers, among others Wim Henderickx, Christopher Trapani, Huib Schippers, addressed a variety of perspectives. The activities of the Atlas Academy were documented (audiovisual and written) with the objective to build a comprehensive digital library.
5 Atlas Festival
Performances of traditional and intercultural music took place at the Atlas Festival 2014 (6 and 7 September).
The Atlas Academy is made possible with the financial support of the City of Amsterdam and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne