ECOS Festival invites young international Early Music ensembles to come to the Region of Murcia for its artistic residency programme and ECOS Labs. Two ensembles will be selected and welcomed to the most emblematic enclaves of the Sierra Espuña Territory to share experiences with other musicians and deepen the shared commitment to the social challenges of the 21st century: sustainability, diversity and the demographic challenge.
The ECOS residency programme will take place between September 6th and 11th, 2022, thanks to the support of the University of Murcia and Acción Cultural Española AC/E. The ensembles will also prepare promotional material and participate in discussions about social responsibility with REMA members:
· A work space / rehearsal venue with excellent conditions during the residency.
· Creation of audiovisual material: professional video for promotion and professional photoshoot.
· Marketing and communication training with the Early Music Project team and international programmers from the REMA association.
· Active participation in the digital ECOS Labs, interacting with international programmers from the R.E.M.A. (European Network of Early Music).
· Dissemination and publicity of the main activities of the ensemble through all networks and communication media of ECOS and Early Music Project for at least one year.
· Public concerts in the ECOS Festival programme in order to become familiar with the performing in front of varied audiences, carry out dissemination work and the development of concert proposals in accordance with the expectations of festival and concert hall promoters.
· September 5th: arrival and welcome to the resident groups (or their representative members).
· September 6th to 8th: ECOS Labs and the ECOS training programme (the attendance of all the members of the group is not necessary, only one representative is required although all are welcome).
· September 9th to 11th: Concerts within the ECOS Festival, recording of video clips and photo sessions (the presence of all the members of the group/ensemble is important).
· September 12th: farewell to resident groups (departure is also possible on the afternoon of the 11th when necessary).
The ECOS Labs are seminars in digital format, organised in collaboration with R.E.M.A. (the European Network of Early Music), in which international festival programmers discuss and interact with ECOS emerging groups to address issues related to “Early Music and its value in the 21st century”. This year, the title is “Early Music and Social Responsibility” and three seminars will be held that will deal with diversity, sustainability and the demographic challenge, and the role these concepts occupy in the day-to-day life of Early Music groups.
ECOS Labs are an opportunity for emerging groups to receive personalized feedback on their artistic/social project and to learn how to interact in the international Early Music market. The programmers participating in this edition will be announced in mid-May.
In the 2022 edition, two resident groups that meet the following characteristics will be selected:
· Formation between 2 and 5 people of any nationality and specialty: vocal, instrumental or mixed.
· The group must perform music with historically informed instruments and criteria.
· The average age of the members of the group should not exceed 35 years, and groups with younger performers will be prioritised.
· Offer a proposal in accordance with the values and artistic criteria of ECOS Festival, adapting to the format and the audience that comes to Sierra Espuña.
· Active participation in the ECOS LABS digital seminars (in English) with international programmers, under the title “Early Music and Social Responsibility”.
· Production of a video clip of between 1 and 3 minutes with the director of the ECOS Festival in an emblematic place in Sierra Espuña. Groups must bring pre-recorded audio.
· A photo session with the ECOS Festival photographer in an emblematic area of Sierra Espuña.
· One or two concerts (outdoors) within the official ECOS Festival programme and a concert in family format in the morning.
· Rehearsal spaces (with harpsichord or organ available if needed) during the days of the residency.
· Accommodation for one week in the cabins of the Aledo Rural tourist complex (with pool and kitchen included): https://aledorural.com
· Artist fees or salaries.
· Travel and living expenses. However, the organisation will facilitate the arrival/departure of resident groups to and from Totana train or bus station, as well as the purchasing of food in establishments in the area.
Registration requires filling out a form (available by clicking here) where all requested data should be completed. All links must lead to a Drive folder so that they may be consulted online without the need to download the files:
· Video recording (preferible) or audio of the group/ensemble (Max. 8 min).
· Group CV
· High resolution group photo (in colour, minimum 2 MB)
· Programme proposal (45 min) including title, pieces and movements to be interpreted and a concert presentation (maximum one page)
· Letter of motivations to participate (maximum one page)
· May 22nd, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.: deadline for submitting proposals.
· May 25th, 2022: interested parties will be notified of the selection result by email.
· May 29th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.: Limit date for selected applicants to pay 100,00€ deposit to secure place and send all necessary documentation (this amount will be reimbursed to applicants at the end of the residency, and is to secure place and ensure commitment of the residents. If selected applicants do not reserve their place during the given timeframe, it will be offered to the next ensemble in order of preference established by the selection committee.
If you need more information or have any questions regarding registration requirements or participation conditions, you can contact the organising team at email@example.com.