Kyiv Contemporary Music Days
Kyiv Contemporary Music Days is a concert and educational platform for contemporary classical music.
The mission of the KCMD team stands on the idea of co-forming a community around new music, developing its ecosystem, and creating new formats and opportunities for education, professional interaction, and professional self-realization of artists in Ukraine and around the world.
Things KCMD does are festivals, concerts of the chamber, orchestra, and electroacoustic music, video concerts, masterclasses for composers and performers, lectures (including video lectures) for professional musicians and a wider audience, and projects related to the development of the new music community.
Throughout 2015–2021 we did over 150 events in Ukraine, Portugal, and Japan with musicians from around 25 countries.
Among the performers KCMD worked with are soprano Sarah Maria Sun, Gerald Preinfalk (saxophonist from Klangforum Wien), KONTRA Trio, pianists Ozgür Aydin and Antonii Baryshevskyi, musicians from IEMA—violinist Junya Makino (he’s also a co-founder of KCMD), flutist Yuri Matsuzaki, cellist Milosz Drogowski, Nina Janssen-Deinzer (clarinetist from Ensemble Modern, 2007–2017), and many others.
As for composers, Åke Parmerud, Alla Zagaykevych, Annette Vande Gorne, Jaime Reis, Maxim Kolomiiets, Mehmet Can Özer, Michael Quell, Sergej Newski, Stefan Prins, Svyatoslav Lunyov, and others contributed to our mission by working with us.
Throughout the years, we had the privilege to partner up with organizations such as Art Ukraine Gallery (Kyiv), Balassi Institut, CelloBello, Word And Voice Theater Centre (Lviv), Closer art club (Kyiv), Collegium Musicum Lviv, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex (Kyiv), Dias de Música Electroacústica festival (Seia–Lisbon), Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Kyiv), Cultural Center Dom Master Klass (Kyiv), Goethe-Institut, Impuls festival, initiative neue musik berlin, Kyiv Mohyla Business School, Mezzanine club (Kyiv), Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv Concert House, Mishima Contemporary Music Days, Mizhvukhamy cultural institution (Kyiv), Module EXCHANGE, Muzikalkė space (Vilnius), Naked Room gallery (Kyiv), National Music Academy of Ukraine, National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre, OSTAR Music Network, IZOLYATSIA. Platform For Cultural Initiatives, Port Creative Hub (Kyiv), Synaesthesis (Vilnius), and National Union of Composers of Ukraine.
After Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine started, we streamlined our activities into two groups:
1. Preserving the Ukrainian musical community (both classical and contemporary classical) by supporting Ukrainian classical musicians. To this end, we’ve started the Support Fund for the Ukrainian classical music community.
2. Presenting Ukrainian contemporary music and musicians internationally. To do that, we’ve organized (or participated as invited guests in) multiple events (live and online) in Europe and North America to present Ukrainian music, shed light on the context in which Ukrainian music finds itself in 2022, on historical events that preceded it, while also presenting the Fund and the needs of Ukrainian musicians based on the analysis of requests to the Fund.
Funded by the Stabilisation Fund for Culture and Education of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut. goethe.de
Project team: Les Vynogradov, Albert Saprykin, Mariia Tytova, Polina Horodyska, Daria Vdovina, Dmytro Babenko, Olha Sauh