FriForma and V:NM present: ALPENGLOW 7 – Styria meets Slovenia   

Alpenglow 7 is one of the peak international events this year in contemporary improvised music that brings together the leading Austrian-Styrian and Slovenian musicians. At the two-day meeting in experimental spirit, 19 Austrian performers will be presented together with 13 Slovenian performers with whom in the past they have never shared the stage before. The purpose of the curatorial team is to offer the audience unpredictable and, at the same time, top achievements of the joint work of ten newly formed ensembles.

The performers are distinctly recognizable not only exclusively in the free-improvisational, jazz, or broader experimental scene, but many are also recognized in new and chamber music.

The initiators of the international exchange are musicians and leading representatives of the Graz association V:NM (Verein zur Förderung und Verbreitung Neuer Musik) Josef Klammer and Elisabeth Harnik. The meeting will take place as part of the FriForma concert series, which will provide conditions for the realization of creative potentials, career opportunities, and the flow of ideas between domestic and Austrian performers.

The cooperation will take place in two steps. The first step is the guest appearance of the 13. V:NM festival in Graz between 18 and 21 August 2021. The festival will be attended by 13 Slovenian improvisers who will performe live together in formations with 24 Austrian musicians. During the festival, a sound installation entitled Interference, which is the work of intermedia artist Nika Erjavec, will also be on display. The ensembles were composed of a curatorial team: Josef Klammmer, Elisabeth Harnik, Nataša Serec and László Juhász. The return “friendly match” – Alpenglow 7 will take place in Ljubljana, at ŠKUC Gallery and Klub Gromka on 26 August 2021; and at Cankarjev dom on 27 August 2021.

26 August 2021, Thursday

ŠKUC Gallery, 19.00-20.30

Tea Vidmar: voice
Annette Giesriegl: voice
Ana Kravanja: voice, violin
Josef Klammer: percussion, artificial voices

Nick Acorne: electronics, joysticks
Borut Savski: electronics, custom-built instruments
Seppo Gründler: guitar, electronics

Klub Gromka, 21.00-23.00

Tanja Feichtmair: alto saxophone
Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone
Urban Kušar: drums

Robert Lepenik: guitar, electronics
Samo Kutin: hurdy-gurdy
Jaka Berger: drums, electronics
Patrick Wurzwallner: drums

27 August 2021, Friday

Cankarjev dom, 18.30-20.30

Tilen Lebar: alto saxophone
Se-Lien Chuang: piano, voice
Andreas Weixler: guitar, electronics

Yvonne Hofmeister: voice
Valentina Štrucelj: clarinet
Maria Flavia Cerrato: piano
Franz Schmuck: percussion

Matej Bunderla: saxophone
Katharina Klement: piano, electronics
Denovaire: esraj

Cankarjev dom, 21.00-23.00

Alfred Lang: trumpet
Kaja Draksler: piano
Reinhard Ziegerhofer: double bass

Elisabeth Harnik: piano
Matjaž Bajc: double bass
Zlatko Kaučič: percussion

Christoph Wundrak: trumpet, euphonium
Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone
Armin Pokorn: guitar

Otganized by KUD Mreža/FriForma Ljubljana and V:NM Graz
Graphic design: Luka Cimolini

Supported by Ministry of Culture – Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana, SKICA – Slovenian Cultural-Information Center Austria, Land Steiermark, Federal Ministry of Austria Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, KiG! and others…

Third exhibition of the season of the semi-street gallery Pešak, entitled Season, soon on display   

“Five separate showcases open in front of us, through which we look at various objects-products. The exhibits have the effect of being real and not just moved into the gallery space, but they encourage passers-by to observe many details. The artist took some images from the windows of still operating stores, and others from abandoned ones. Regardless of the origin, they provoke in the viewer a certain degree of nostalgia for something, otherwise still existing, which with its existence (in increasingly predictable urban centers) exposes the past.”

Anabel Černohorski, curator

Read the full text here

On display: 15 April 2021 – 20 June 2021

Balkanada: open call to composers and improvisers in the Balkan area for residency in Canada   

Balkanada: open call for composers / improvisers

Tour de Bras is an improvised music presenter organization and an active record label for more than fifteen years and enjoys an international reputation. Each year it welcomes artists from all over the world. During recent tours, Tour de Bras got to know many dedicated organizations and artists, and discovered the dynamism of the scene of the Balkan countries. It is therefore in partnership with KUD Mreža, Ljubljana and within Tour de Bras contacts with musicians from different countries, they wish to launch the Balkanada project which aims to create a meeting space between composers and improvising musicians from different cultural backgrounds.

The selected composer / improviser (one artist per year) must be interested in exploring the concept of “composition for improvisers”. The composer / improviser will spend a week in residence at Salon58, in the rural community of Marsoui, in Gaspésie, Québec, before working three days in Rimouski in the company of improvising musicians and presenting a public concert. The following year, the composer / improviser will have the opportunity to work again with one of the Quebec musicians in the Balkan region.

The call is open from 1 February 2021 until 30 April 2021.

What to send:

· Short text describing your project;
· Your CV;
· Two or three examples of previous works as a composer / improviser.

Please send your info to Éric Normand at until 30 April 2021 midnight with the subject: Balkanada call.

Composition constraints:

· Composition for improvisational orchestra, from 5 to 11 musicians;
· The composer may or may not perform with the ensemble;
· Extensive instrumentation: electric and classical guitars, bass, bowed strings of all sizes, wind instruments (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, trombone, trumpet, oboe), harp, accordion, percussion, among others;
· The piece must take into account that the number of players and the instrumentation will vary from one interpretation to another (ensure sustainability);
· All types of musical score are possible but not exclusive: conventional writing, graphic, concept game etc.,
· Duration of the work: 20 to 40 minutes.


· The composer must reside in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia or North Macedonia;
· Be able to be present in person in Rimouski and Marsoui, Quebec, Canada from 22 October to 2 November 2021;
· $1,500 CAN fee for composition + $300 CAN for a show = 1,800 $ CAN total fee;
· Tour de Bras will provide official invitation letter in May 2021;
· The composer must cover the costs for his flight ticket to Montreal, or to have it financed by governmental organizations or NGOs in his/her own country (examples: Ministry Of Culture, embassy, consulate, travel program for artists, international influence programs, or others, depending on your country);
· Accommodation and travel costs in Quebec are covered by Tour de Bras.

Mentorship+: Nika Erjavec’s exhibition Interference at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The exhibition entitled Interference was produced within the framework of the newer Alkatraz Gallery project Mentorship+, which supports the establishment of connections between artists and enables their continuous work over longer periods of time. It is not about mentorship per se, but rather about intergenerational collaboration on a non-hierarchical basis, a kind of mutual mentorship, so to say, where both parties can assume roles of an advisor, mentor, (co-)curator and creator in any given moment. In the context of the project, two persons, holding different positions inside the artistic system, are thus given the opportunity for collaborative partnership, in which their approaches meet in dialogue through the intertwinement of visions, perspectives, experiences, and artistic procedures. The project encourages a creative transfer of ideas among individuals outside of established channels, and is conceptualised with the purpose of encouraging intergenerational networking and cooperation. The exhibition presents a visual, physically tangible result of an annual work and a consequence of the establishment of a new platform for mutual learning and collaboration. Although the project asks numerous questions, it is up to the artists themselves to answer the questions of authorship, to design contents of a common project, and to find a way to confront the challenges of collective collaboration, encouraged by the gallery.

This time, we invited Maja Smrekar and Nika Erjavec to participate. During the working process, they decided to be dialogic partners in the process of the realisation of Nika Erjavec’s solo exhibition. The artists, though, already know one another, as Maja Smrekar was Nika Erjavec’s supervisor at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. Their artistic works research and treat similar topics referring to the contemporarity, whereas in their artistic practices, the stress is on the in-depth exploration of theory, observation of social processes, agile adaptation to the circumstances, and processuality as a strategy. This is the reason why we found it meaningful to encourage them to further connect by participating in the project Mentorship+.” –

Intermedia artist Nika Erjavec (1994) graduated in applied arts in 2017 and is currently finishing her MA study in sculpture at Academy of Fine Art and Design in Ljubljana whit thesis titled Sensory perceptions in the intersection of art and science / (in)visible transformations of the environment (mentorship: Maja Smrekar, Alen Ožbolt and Uršula Berlot.) Her practice is a hybrid of experimental studio practice and wide interdisciplinary research. Since 2014 she participated in many intermedia projects, local and internationally curated exhibitions and festivals. She is also working as photographer, scenography and costume designer in national theatres and independent performative scene in Slovenia. She held different workshops addressing the themes of cultural accessibility and received several grants (MOL student grant, Urban Glass (New York)) and awards for her work (ALUO Prešern award, bronze medal from Photo association of Serbia).

You are kindly invited to the exhibition Interference by Nika Erjavec on 25 January from 11.00 am. The exhibition was created in collaboration with Maja Smrekar, as part of the Mentoring + project. The duration of the exhibition depends on government measures taken against the covid-19 epidemic.

On display: 25 January 2021 – 29 January 2021