• 23th - 26th
  • August
  • 2015

The Concept of Festival

Novalis Festival focuses on contemporary music repertoire that collaborates with other art forms. Situated in Novalja on the island Pag in Croatia, Novalis offers the excellent combination of high quality music with charming Mediterranean surroundings. The three concepts that best represent this festival are: innovation, interdisciplinary projects, and interaction.

INNOVATION firstly relates to projects that involve new media, performance techniques, unusual instruments, etc. It also means breaking away from the traditional classical concert ritual. Most of our concerts will be open air and will take place in unusual spaces (on a dock or boat, in the woods, etc.).

Our second goal is INTERDISCIPLINARY projects. Each year we explore a particular theme, to which most of the presented pieces relate (e.g. electronics & dance, chamber music & video, orchestra & theatre, …). We aim to program pieces that stimulate the senses in a way that lets our audiences relate better to the idea behind the artwork, and to attract a broader public as well as the professional music community. We believe that everybody can enjoy the experience of contemporary music, especially if it's presented in an engaging format.

Finally, we wish to have more INTERACTION between performers and public. International as well as local ensembles, performers and composers, in addition to their performance will engage in the educational part of the festival, giving pre­concert talks, round tables and workshops for youth and emerging artists. Our wish is to create a meeting point where professionals from different branches of the arts can exchange influences and contacts, while the public can bear witness to the brand new ideas that result.

  • Clément Mao-Takacs
  • Aleksi Barrière
  • Marianne Seleskovitch
  • Niklas Seidl
  • Steffen Ahrens
  • Simone Beneventi
  • Clément Mao-Takacs

    Clément Mao-Takacs

  • Aleksi Barrière

    Aleksi Barrière

  • Marianne Seleskovitch

    Marianne Seleskovitch

  • Niklas Seidl

    Niklas Seidl

  • Steffen Ahrens

    Steffen Ahrens

  • Simone Beneventi

    Simone Beneventi

Secession Orchestra

La Chambre aux échos

Leise Dröhnung

Simone Beneventi

Clément Mao-Takacs
French conductor Clément Mao-Takacs graduated in 2003 from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (Paris) and Accademia Chigiana (Siena). After his studies, he worked at the Roma Opera as principal assistant conductor for five years (2003-2008). In 2008, he was awarded the Del Duca Foundation’s "Rising Star" award by the Institut de France / Académie des Beaux-Arts; that same year, he was laureate of the Festspiele of Bayreuth. In 2013, he was the first conductor to be laureate of the Cziffra Foundation.
He was invited as guest conductor in Europa by the Camera Strumentale “Città di Pratto”, the Wind Ensemble of the CNSMDP, the Moonwaves Ensemble, the Festival Orchestra of Sofia, the Aquilon Ensemble and the Initium Ensemble. His last recordings includes Adieu by Stockhausen (Crystal Classics) and Ibert’s music for winds (Timpani). Clément Mao-Takacs also leads a career as composer and solo and chamber pianist, and has played the Rising Star Tour 2015.
Clément Mao-Takacs' diverse knowledge of styles allows him to conduct works ranging from the symphonic repertoire to the more lyrical works, and from classicism to the 21st century. His programmes are always conceived with the idea of offering a new view on existing repertoire. He also introduces music into unusual performance locations, creating diversity in his audiences. He aims for a renewal of the classical concert concept by performing little-known and scarcely played pieces and rethinking the relationship between space and the audience in the concert venues.
(Photo by Denys Clerval)
clementmaotakacs.com

Founded in 2011 by its artistic director Clément Mao-Takacs, Secession Orchestra is a permanent ensemble of about thirty musicians. The motto of the orchestra is as follows: Exigence, Rigor, Modernity and Sharing; to that end, the orchestra prioritizes the repertoire of 20th and 21st century. The idea is to present a rich and variable repertoire, which includes rare scores as well as well-known symphonic pieces reduced for a chamber setting. Secession Orchestra is highly engaged socially, and each concert is punctuated by explanations of composers, pieces and instruments. Each of its members is a young professional with a solo or chamber music career of his or her own. In the few years of their existence they proved their quality by playing numerous concerts around France as well as in Italy, Poland, and Slovakia, and by giving premieres of contemporary composers such as Kaija Saariaho and others.
secessionorchestra.com

Aleksi Barrière was born in Paris in 1989. Apart from his work as an author, a translator and a scholar, he devotes himself to stage direction, especially in cross-media forms (including a production of Wozzeck in 2009 with the multimedia workshop Image Auditive), mostly in the framework of the collective he created with Clément Mao-Takacs, La Chambre aux échos. He has assisted directors Sarah Méadeb and Peter Sellars, and graduated as a stage director from Prague’s Theater Faculty (DAMU). His latest achievements as a director include a stage version of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Poulenc’s opera La voix humaine, and the premiere of the chamber version of Kaija Saariaho's La passion de Simone, which was performed in various venues throughout Europe.
(Photo by Maarit Kytöharju)
twitter.com/aleksi_barriere

La Chambre aux échos is a cross-media collaborative structure, created to produce new kinds of performances, concerts, readings, exhibitions and conferences. Its purpose is to give audiences the widest possible access to seminal works from the past and present, which are often linked in novel ways. It attempts to make a fertile interaction possible between different art forms, creating the best possible conditions for theatrical and musical performances that are both coherent in form and ambitious in scope. The collective regularly organizes pedagogical follow-ups to its performances, in the form of lectures, workshops, recitals and meetings with the audience.
chambreauxechos.org

Marianne Seleskovitch studied voice, piano and composition at the Maîtrise de Paris. After having completing a dual degree in voice and musicology at the universities Rueil-Malmaison and Sorbonne IV in Paris, she perfected her vocal skills with Peggy Bouveret, Jean-Louis Serre and Julie Robard-Gendre. She has worked with great conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, A. Allemandi, and M. Corboz, and has participated in diverse lyric productions and contemporary music concerts. She often collaborates with various vocal ensembles such as Musicatreize conducted by Roland Heyrabedian, or Nocturnal conducted by Sylvie Colas, as well as with La Chambre aux Echos and Les Platonnes. In addition to solo recitals, she performs with with Elsa Cantor she in the vocal duo Duodifa.
(Photo by Céline Dupuis)

Niklas Seidl is a versatile german artist, who has taken part in many big contemporary music festivals as a composer and as a cellist. Born in 1983, he studied cello and composition in Leipzig, Vienna and Cologne. He is also a founding member of Handwerk, based in Cologne. He has made guest appearances with Musikfabrik NRW, Ascolta, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Klangforum Wien, Stuttgarter Vokalsoliste, Schola Heidelberg, and others. His compositions have been performed at Wien Modern, Darmstätter Ferienkurse, Zukunftsmusik, Deutschlandfunk Köln, and many others, and he has won many national awards and scholarships. Together with Steffen Ahrens he founded the duo Leise Dröhnung.
niklas-seidl.eu
leisedroehnung.de

Steffen Ahrens studied guitar in Hannover and Frankfurt. He is also member of the oh-ton ensemble based in Oldenburg. As a guest he played with e.g. Ensemble Modern, e-mex ensemble, ensemble garage, and several symphony orchestras. In 2011 with Niklas Seidl he founded a duo leise dröhnung which concentrates on playing contemporary music, very often in an electronic setting for electric guitar and cello. The main interest is playing new pieces by young composers, and as well the established new music repertoire. In the last years the duo played premiers by Jagoda Szmytka, Martin Schüttler, Oxana Omelchuk, Christopher Brandt, Leopold Hurt, Michelle Lou and Karin Wetzel.​
www.steffenahrens.com

Simone Beneventi is an Italian percussionist dedicated to the study and dissemination of New Music, he has given solo concert throughout Europe including festivals such Autumn Warsaw, la Biennale di Venezia, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Impuls Graz, London Ear Festival, Muzički biennale Zagreb and many others. He played as ensemble player with l’Arsenale, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten, Prometeo, etc. giving concert in festivals such Acht brücken (Cologne), Ars Musica (Bruxelles), Ultrashall (Berlin), Harvard University, Luzerne Festival, Parco della Musica (Rome), Salzburger Festispiele, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Tohnalle (Zurich), Wien Modern, and many more. Alongside the career of performer he follows both activities as a researcher, realizing edition for percussion music and as a lecturer giving conferences and masterclass. In 2011 he was awarded with Repertorio zero at the Biennale di Venezia with the “Silver Lion”. Since 2009 he is artistic director of the Festival Percussione Temporanea in Reggio Emilia. He studied percussion with Francesco Repola, Jonathan Faralli, Eric Sammut (Paris), Pedro Estevan (Barcelona), Christian Dierstein and Marcus Weiss (Basel), and Musicology at the faculty of licterature and philosophy in Bologna.
(Photo by Lorenzo Fontanesi)
www.simonebeneventi.com

  • Steve Reich
  • Howard Shore
  • Bernhard Lang
  • Mirela Ivičević
  • Kim Ashton
  • Mu-Xuan Lin
  • Davor B. Vincze
  • Claudia Joskowicz
  • Remmy Canedo
  • Fausto Romitelli
  • Kaija Saariaho
  • Salvatore Sciarrino

Concerts

Sunday 23/08/2015

22:30 - DANCES & TRANCES - KALYPSO CLUB, ZRĆE BEACH
SECESSION ORCHESTRA & SIMONE BENEVENTI

Monday 24/08/2015

19:30 - ELECTRIC DUO - THE BIG YELLOW HOUSE, NOVALJA
LEISE DRÖHNUNG

22:00 - NOUVELLE(S) VAGUE(S) - KINO "HOLLYWOOD", NOVALJA
SECESSION ORCHESTRA & SIMONE BENEVENTI

Tuesday 25/08/2015

18:30 - SÉQUENCES - PASTORALNI CENTAR, NOVALJA
MARIANNE SELESKOVITCH

19:30 - ELECTRIC DUO - MOTOR BOAT, BOAT GAS STATION NOVALJA
LEISE DRÖHNUNG

22:00 - NOUVELLE(S) VAGUE(S) - KINO "HOLLYWOOD", NOVALJA
SECESSION ORCHESTRA & SIMONE BENEVENTI

Wednesday 26/08/2015

19:00 - SEQUENCES - STOMORICA, NOVALJA
MARIANNE SELESKOVITCH

22:00 - DANCES & TRANCES - HOTEL BOŠKINAC, STARA NOVALJA
SECESSION ORCHESTRA & SIMONE BENEVENTI


All concerts are free.

In case of bad weather, concerts will be
performed in Pastoralni Centar.

Workshops

Monday 24/08/2015

11:30 - SÉQUENCES - OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL -
PASTORALNI CENTAR, NOVALJA

Tuesday 25/08/2015

11:00 - WORKSHOP WITH CHILDREN - KINO "HOLLYWOOD", NOVALJA

Monday 24/08/2015 - Wednesday 26/08/2015

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS WITH GUEST COMPOSERS -
PASTORALNI CENTAR, NOVALJA

Presentations

Monday 24/08/2015

10:30 - PRESENTATION OF THE FESTIVAL, HOTEL "LOŽA"

Tuesday 25/08/2015

10:30 - ROUND TABLE WITH OUR GUEST COMPOSERS, HOTEL "LOŽA"

Wednesday 26/08/2015

10:30 - ROUND TABLE WITH OUR GUEST PERFORMERS, HOTEL "LOŽA"


  • Davor Branimir Vincze
  • Ivana Biliško
  • Davor Branimir Vincze

    Davor Branimir Vincze

  • Ivana Biliško

    Ivana Biliško

The Team

Davor and Ivana met while studying music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). They soon discovered a shared passion for contemporary music and its interdisciplinary potential. Using their knowledge, experience and contacts from being active participants in international festivals and workshops (MATA, Impuls, Musikprotokoll, Royamont, IRCAM, Muzičko biennale Zagreb,…) they decided to contribute to the Croatian contemporary music scene as well. Thus, in 2014 they conceived and founded the NOVALIS Music + Art Festival as a kind of creative platform and “meeting point” for contemporary innovations.

After amazing first edition, we are looking forward to bringing you even more excitement this year. So come and be the part of extraordinary music environment in beautiful town Novalja on Island of Pag.

Further information:

Davor Branimir Vincze
db-vincze.com

Ivana Biliško
www.ivanaharp.com

Damjan Denona (Festival Photographer)
https://vimeo.com/user35372733

Tomislav Mataić (Festival Cameraman)
https://vimeo.com/user6422935

How to get there

The three closest airports to the town of Novalja are Zadar, Rijeka & Zagreb.

From ZADAR:
A bus leaves every few hours (look at the timetable in the link) and takes about an hour and a half. By car it is slightly faster. Price: 80 Kuna (ca. 10€), one way. There is also a taxi from the airport.

From RIJEKA:
There is a catamaran, which leaves at 17h every day. Price: 80kn (ca. 10€), one way. If you come by plane, you'll have to take the shuttle bus to the town center first. There is always a bus leaving after the landing and harbour in Rijeka is just 10 minutes by foot from the bus stop.

From ZAGREB:
There are buses leaving every few hours (look at the timetable in the link). It takes 4-6 hours (some buses make more stops and don't use highway). Price: about 200kn (ca. 30€), one way. If you're coming by car you can count on about 300kn (40€) of gas and highway costs, as well as 100kn (ca. 15€) for the car-ferry (see the timetable below).

For any further information you can contact us.