The Atlas Lab 2018 took place on 16-19 October at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

The Atlas Lab is an inspiring meeting place for composers and musicians devoted to the development of new intercultural music. The Lab offers presentations, demonstrations, instrumental lessons, lectures, composers practical workshops on Asian instruments and seminars about eastern musical cultures and composing for intercultural instrumental combinations.

Demonstrations and concerts of Middle Eastern and Asian instruments
wind instruments – shakuhachi, duduk, sheng, sho
plucked strings – tar, setar
bowed strings – erhu, kamancha, kemençe, sarangi
percussion – frame drum

2 Workshops and lessons for instrumental students 
Playing together, oral transmission, improvisation with top soloists from Japan, China, India, Iran, Syria, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey: Naomi Sato (sho), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Wu Wei (sheng), Zhao Yuanchun (erhu), Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi), Kiya Tabassian (setar), Raphaela Danksagmüller (duduk), Elshan Mansurov (kamancha), Elcin Nagijev (tar), Neva Özgen (kemençe) and Modar Salama (frame drum).  

Composers' workshops for the creation of new intercultural works
Composers and musicians come together to try out sketches and research possibilities under the guidance of Joël Bons, Thanasis Deligiannis and Wim Henderickx

4 Lectures, video's, documentation
Lectures address a variety of subjects. The activities of the Atlas Lab are documented (audiovisual and written) with the objective to build a comprehensive digital library.