In autumn 2022, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre launched its first Erasmus+ BIP project as a leading partner. The project week in Tallinn will culminate on April 21 with a concert at the EAMT festival COMMUTE.

The BIP project, „Monteverdi Mosaik“, brings together students from various European music universities, including the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Latvian Academy of Music, the Conservatory of Venice, and the Rovigo Conservatory, as well as EAMT students of early music performance and composition.

The project also features the Italian contemporary music ensemble Azione_Improvvisa, consisting of Margherita Berlanda (accordion), Pierpaolo Dinapoli (electric guitar), Daniela Fantechi (electronics), and Andrea Antonel (theorbo). The ensemble will perform the works of young composers created within the project, alongside the works of the composer Claudio Monteverdi, which inspired the project.

The resulting concert, „Magus piin / Sweet torture“, weaves together new compositions and early baroque music, with young musicians performing Monteverdi’s works and Azione_Improvvisa performing the new compositions.

Throughout the project, students have attended online meetings and lectures, and in mid-April 2023, they will come together for a project week in Tallinn. Einike Leppik, supervisor of audiovisual composition at EMTA, manages the project’s content side, with support from members of Azione_Improvvisa and faculty members from participating higher education institutions. Mari Köhler administers the project on behalf of the International Office of EAMT.

The Erasmus+ 2021–2027 program period offers many new opportunities for cooperation with partner schools across Europe. Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP) are short and intensive programs between partner universities in different countries, involving both virtual and on-site teaching. The program culminates in a project week in one of the participating school’s countries, with a minimum on-site duration of five days and online study both before and after the contact study.

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