'n JIP ['umsnjip] is one of the most innovative
and accomplished Swiss contemporary music ensembles. Founded
in 2007 by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP],
it is, alongside Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain,
the Kronos Quartet and Ensemble Recherche, one of the
most active contemporary music ensembles worldwide commissioning
around 10-15 works and performing more than 100 international
concerts annually, including mobile chamber operas & multimedia
performances. UMS 'n JIP explore new musical and scenic
settings for voice, recorders and electronics ranging from live
to digital performance as well as European to non-European music.
Since their studies (composing, audio design & musical performance)
in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have
been invited to prestigious contemporary music and theatre festivals
(Avignon, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Shanghai, Donaueschingen,
Hong Kong, New York, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Basel, Bern, Paris,
Strasbourg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga) where they
have premiered more than 200 works as soloists and as a duo,
collaborating with both world famous and aspiring young composers
such as Goebbels, Rihm, Kagel, Reimann, Eötvös, Stefan
Pohlit, Huang Ruo and Guo Wenjing. UMS 'n JIP’s performances
are emotionally touching, technically virtuosic and conceptionally
strong. UMS 'n JIP is coached by Irvine Arditti.
'n JIP PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION.
'n JIP Association is a non-profit
organization based in Brig/Switzerland. The mission of UMS 'n
JIP is to continually re-imagine the contemporary (classical)
music experience. UMS 'n JIP fulfills its mission through commissioning,
performing, composing, presenting, recording and publishing
contemporary music, and collaborating with, mentoring and encouraging
other artists. UMS 'n JIP
commissions about half a dozen new works each season and performs
more than 60 concerts a year, touring for several weeks annually.
Performances often include educational activities in conjunction
with Swiss contemporary music festival forum wallis / forum
valais and touring engagements in both rural communities as
well as large urban centers. UMS
continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences
that rarely have the opportunity to attend performances of contemporary
music. The ensemble also maintains a commitment to education
by participating in concert discussions, benefit performances,
classroom visits, open rehearsals, master classes, coaching
sessions, and performances in schools which reach diverse groups
including elementary, secondary, and university age students.
has a management office in Brig/Switzerland. The administrative
staff handles all of UMS
business, such as booking, travel, promotion, production, and
fund raising. The organization is funded by individuals, foundations,
and government sources, including: Etat du Valais, Loterie Romande,
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Artephila Stiftung, Ernst Göhner
Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, among others. To donate to UMS
Association and help to commission composers and perform new
work, click here.
Does the UMS 'n JIP Performing
Arts Association accept charitable donations?
As a non-profit charitable organization, UMS 'n JIP
relies on financial contributions from individuals, foundations,
corporations and, government agencies. Click
here to find out how you can donate.
you accept unsolicited compositions?
UMS 'n JIP does accept unsolicited compositions, but
note that any material submitted will not be returned. Although
scores are acceptable, recordings are much preferred. Please
send your package to our office address. Because of the volume
of submissions, we cannot acknowledge receipt of your package.
Please include your contact information, so that we can reach
you if there is interest in adding your work to the repertoire.
you send me sheet music for a piece in the UMS 'n JIP repertoire?
We are not music publishers, and are therefore not
allowed to send out copies of music in our library for other
groups' use. Please contact the publisher of the piece you're
interested in for scores and parts.
will UMS 'n JIP be performing in my area?
Click here for the current
do I get information about booking UMS 'n JIP?
details to UMS 'n JIP's Production Office.
UMS 'n JIP's CHRONOLOGY.
UMS 'n JIP's startup was "riviu
99.7" compiling pieces by Cage, Lehmann, Kagel,
Schnebel and Aperghis at "schauwerk-blackbox" being
part of the Schweizer Tonkünstlerfest 2007 in Theaterhaus
Gessnerallee Zürich (7/07). During the innovative festival
forum : : valais 4 world premieres by Beat Gysin, Andreas Zurbriggen
UMS 'n JIP have been recorded by Radio Suisse Romande
Espace 2 and been highly acclaimed by various Swiss musical
feuilletons (9/07). Together with world famous Japanese actor
and poet Ron Obe
UMS 'n JIP premiered 4 works by Maria Porten in Zürich
and Basel (Ferne Schritte.Nähe, 9/07).
2008. For Swiss dance company
UMS 'n JIP participates in the soundtrack "La
Légende Dorée" – a ballet
being on tour worldwide from 2008-11 (3/08). Collaborating with
UMS 'n JIP records "lebelight" by Swiss female
composer Maria Porten for Swiss label VDE-Gallo - "Es
war einst ein Paradies" (6/08).
At Theatre Interface in Sion
UMS 'n JIP's first full scenical program "1
(ONE)" with pieces by Thorsten Töpp and Maria
Porten and both composers UMS and JIP themselves is successfully
2009. Its "China
Project" with commissions for Chinese composers
Du Yun, Tao Yu, Deqing Wen, Huang Ruo as well as with Yulong
Mao´s famous traditional Chinese Music trio will be on
tour in both Switzerland and China (Shanghai New Music Days)
from January-October 2009. "1
(ONE)" has been invited to the Festival
off d'Avignon, France, Théâtre Gilgamesh, where
it is going to be performed daily from 8.-31.7. 2009. At
the Fête Suisse des Musiciens in Lausanne,
UMS 'n JIP will premiere "Mora-Mori"
by female Corean composer Junghae Lee (9/09). Its second chamber
(TWO)" compiling electropop works of both UMS and JIP
has been premiered at Theatre Interface in Sion and Zeughaus
Kultur Brig in December 2009.
UMS 'n JIP will be on tour in Switzerland (spring) and East
Asia (autumn). Premieres by Maria Porten collaborating with
Paul W. Taylor and Werner Bärtschi are scheduled for spring
and winter 2010. Tonhalle Zürich debut in march. In July,
UMS 'n JIP returns to Avignon (Palais Royal) with 3 different
programs: China Project, Swiss Project and electropop opera
TWO. In september 2010 UMS 'n JIP will premiere their third
scenical program "3 (THREE)"
in Sierre, Sion and Brig. In 2010 UMS 'n JIP offers commissions
to Guo Wenjing, Chen Yeungping, Liu Jian, Roland Dahinden and
will bring a Switzerland tour with "THREE",
Russia Project" (Dec 2011 in Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Rostov), an Avignon Festival residence (Jul
2011), UMS 'n JIP's fourth chamber opera FOUR
with a Switzerland and France tour, invitations by Forum Neue
Musik Luzern, (ONE
Feb 2011), Contemporary Music Festival Oggi Musica (TWO
Oct 2011), as well as world premieres by Swiss composers Max
E. Keller, Pierre-André Bovey, Markus Hofer, Maria Porten
(collaborating with Carmina Quartet and Gian Manuel Rau), all
of them recorded by Swiss Radio DRS2, in Feb 2011 UMS 'n JIP
premiered Painted Skin, a mini opera by New York based Chinese
composer Huang Ruo. UMS's works won prizes at Musikfestival
Bern and Music Village Mount Pelion Greece where they were premiered
by conductors Beat Furrer and Mark Foster. UMS 'n JIP wins the
renommated MusiquePro grant 2011-13 and becomes coached by Irvine
Arditti. Further collaborations with South African composer
Pierre-Henri Wicomb and Alain Michon (France).
totally 136 performances all around the world - a breathtaking
amount and probably world record! Concert tours in Autralia
(Adelaide), Mongolia (Roaring Hooves), Russia
(Avignon Festival), Greece
(UMS 'n JIP is the first foreigner ensemble to be invited to
Latvian New Music Days) presenting contemporary classics by
Cage, Berio, Kagel, Aperghis as well as premieres by Chinese,
Russian, Latvian, Arab and Swiss
composers, 2 successfully premiered chamber operas collaborating
with stage directors Gian Manuel Rau (Einer)
and Wolfgang Beuschel (FIVE),
composition awards at MATA Festival New York and European Youth
Choir Festival Basel. Nov 23-Dec 2: '5 years UMS 'n JIP' in
Basel and Brig celebrating 5 extraordinary years with more than
400 concerts and 94 world premieres worldwide.
Extraordinary diversity describes the composer and multi-instrumentalist
Ulrike Mayer-Spohn who plays the recorder (with focus on contemporary
music), as well as historical string instruments (fiddle and
baroque violin). She studied composition and audio design with
Erik Oña at the Studio of Electronic Music, Academy of
Music, Basel, beginning to compose in 2007, and receiving commissions
from the festival forum Valais and the international New Music
Days, Shanghai. Her work has been performed by the Stuttgart
Vocal soloists, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Vertigo, DissonArt,
L'Arsenale, cool a cappella (1st Prize world choir games 2008)
and her own ensemble Ums' n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece,
Italy, Russia, Australi , the USA and China, premiered under
the baton of Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg
Henneberger and Filippo Perocco and broadcast by the Swiss radio.
She was awarded the 2nd Prize in the composition competition
Culturescapes 2010, 2nd Prize in the composition competition
at the Bern music festival 2011, the Scholarship Award for 2011
at the Music Village Mount Pelion in Greece and the Call for
Scores Award L'Arsenale Treviso, Italy 2011. With the ensemble
Ums' n Jip she has undertaken research in the field of musical
theater (chamber operas One, Two, Three, Four, Five), live electronic
music and sound spacialization. She studied recorder with Ulrike
Mauerhofer at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann
and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum Basel before specializing
in contemporary music and studying with Dorothea Winter at the
Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2009-11 she received a
specialized master in contemporary performance at the HSM in
Basel supervised by Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss and
Mike Svoboda and has taken masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen,
Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq and Gerd Lünenbürger.
She studied baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and
David Plantier and fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel. Ulrike
Mayer-Spohn works with internationally leading composers and
annually plays more than 20 world premieres dedicated to her,
which she has recorded for the radio as well as VDE Gallo on
CD. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen,
she established the experimental new music duo Ums `N Jip for
voice, recorder and electronics, which, alongside Ensemble Modern,
Intercontemporain and Kronos is one of the most active ensembles
worldwide and in 2011 won the prestigious MusiquePro scholarship.
Since 1999, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn has also performed as a recorder
player, violinist, violist and fiddle player in specialized
early music ensembles such as the Amsterdam Barok Compagnie,
Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne,
Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and has performed in Germany,
China, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
Hagen, tenor and countertenor, is one of the most surprising
classical singers of his generation: new music, performance
art and Swiss folk music rank equally in his repertoire alongside
opera and early music. Hagen was born in 1971 in Barcelona in
the Mediterranean and raised in the Valais Alps. He studied
classical singing in Germany, Italy and Switzerland with Roland
Hermann, Alain Billard and Nicolai Gedda, and composition with
Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm. He studied Lied with Irwin
Gage, Hartmut Holl and Ernst Haefliger and early music with
Karel van Steenhoven and Kees Boeke. He has a four-octave vocal
range. Hagen has worked with world-class composers such as Reimann,
Kagel, Rosemann and Eötvös and leading artists from
the worlds of poetry and constructivist art. Guest appearances
have taken him to the modern music festivals in Donaueschingen,
Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Karlsruhe, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Bologna,
Milan, Prague, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, St. Petersburg,
Adelaide, Riga, Avignon and Berlin. Alongside operatic roles
such as Handel's Giulio Cesare, Zsupan (Kalman), Dardanus (Rameau),
Stanislaus (Zeller) and Pappacoda (Strauss), Javier Hagen has
premiered more than 200 works, including operas 'à l'air
en verre' by Daniel Mouthon 'eismeer' by Christoph Schiller,
'poem ohne held' by Regina Irman, 'esther de racine' by Boris
Yoffe, 'The Madman's Diary' by Guo Wenjing, 'Marienglas' by
Beat Gysin, 'Les Musiciens de Brème' by Wen Deqing, 'Keyner
nit' by Mathias Steinauer and almost all vocal works by Maria
Porten. He has made more than 50 recordings and broadcasts for
Swiss and German radio and television. He won prizes at international
contemporary music and composition competitions in 2001, 04
and 08 in Basel, Lausanne and Dusseldorf. In 2003, his distorted
folk song arrangements "s´sch mr alles 1 Ding"
were released on CD on the Swiss label "musiques suisses".
His compositions, in particular the vocal works are performed
throughout Europe, Israel, China, Korea, Russia, Australia,
North and Central America, by ensembles and conductors including
Titus Engel, Ensemble Phoenix, Basler Madrigalisten, Schweizer
Jugendchor, Philip Bride, Eliana Burki, Amar Quartet. In 2012,
a selection of his graphic scores will be shown at the prestigious
Museum of Modern Art ‘haus konstruktiv’ in Zurich.
At the European Youth Choir Festival 2012, Javier Hagen represented
German-speaking Switzerland in the context of 'Swiss Composers
meet Europe'. With Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Hagen formed the experimental
new music duo UMS 'N JIP, which, with over 100 concerts annually
is one of the most active contemporary music ensembles around
the world and winner of the prestigious scholarship MusiquePro.
Javier Hagen, who speaks 6 languages also directs the contemporary
music festival forum :: wallis, he is expert in experimental
music theater at the University of Arts in Bern, President of
the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis / Switzerland
ISCM VS as well as board member of ISCM Switzerland. He presents
guest lectures at universities in Shanghai, Moscow, Adelaide,
Moscow, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Paris, Riga and Hong Kong.
He is a jury member at national and international composition
and new music competitions and a member of various committees
on behalf of Valais and for the inventory of the cultural heritage
on behalf of UNESCO. In 2007 he was nominated for "Walliser
of the year." www.javierhagen.ch