From 30 May to 3 June, 38 traditional music students and a dozen teachers and staff from partner institutions participated in the first Intensive Week of the TUNE project, hosted by the Department of Music Studies at the University of Ioannina, Arta campus, Greece.
Participants included students and staff from the University of Tartu, Viljandi Culture Academy (Estonia), the University of Southeastern Norway, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo (Galicia, Spain) and pôle Aliénor-Poitiers (France).
This first Intensive Week was an opportunity for students and teachers from partner institutions to participate in workshops, lectures, ensemble work, performances, and social activities. Rhythms and songs from Estonia, France, Norway Spain and Greece were performed, while at the same time, the students engaged in understanding other musical languages, as well as the pluralism of personal musical expression. It was an interesting artistic endeavour for the creation of a common music discourse, from promising artists coming from different geographical areas and music traditions in Europe.
Students performed a public concert at the historic Castle of Arta on the last day of intensive week: “Rainbow coloured : journey around european music traditions”.
Five Intensive Weeks are scheduled throughout the duration of the TUNE project. Intensive Weeks bring together students and staff from all partner institutions and are rich opportunities for interpersonal collaboration and exchange. This combination of online activities and short-term mobility will form the core of a joint undergraduate module that will be launched following the completion of the TUNE project in 2024.
The next TUNE Intensive Week will take place from 3–7 October in Viljandi, Estonia.