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Europa InTakt 2020




Europa InTakt 2020 - classic meets digital



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Europa InTakt 2020 with its focus on "classic meets digital" at the TU Dortmund University forms a stable foundation for exchange and further development, for reflection and inspiration with concerts, workshops and lectures, the presentation of artistic forms of expression in concerts, the joint development of familiar and new forms of artistic expression in workshops and finally the reflection of knowledge and application in the lectures.


Please note: during the event there will be photography and filming. The photo and film material will be used by the TU Dortmund University for public relations purposes, e.g. for publication in print media, on the Internet or in social media.



30 September 2020 - 03 October 2020


TU Dortmund


The conference fee is:

  • 245,00 € Full payer
  • 130,00 € Students and people with disabilities

Cancellation is only possible in writing until 14 September 2020. For organisational reasons we have to charge a handling fee of 25,00 €. In case of cancellation after this date or non-participation, the full conference fee must be paid.


Target group/participants

Artists, teachers and students of relevant technical and artistic courses of study and for professions of professional cultural mediation in school and extracurricular contexts and for all other interested parties



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Time Programme item
7:00 p.m. Opening concert
Time Programme item
From 8:30 a.m. Registration and welcome coffee
8:30 –  9:15 a.m. Prof. Dr. Daniel Mark Eberhard, Universität Eichstätt
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Emma Frid, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Rafael Ramirez Melendez, Pompeu Fabra Universität Barcelona
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Workshops 1-13
12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Workshops 1-13
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Closing session
8:00 p.m. promenade concert Europa InTakt No. 1
Kirche St. Reinoldi , Ostenhellweg 2, 44135 Dortmund
Time Programme item
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Prof. Dr. Juliane Gerland, FH Bielefeld
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Prof. Dr. Sofia Alexandersson, Universität Malmö
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Adrian Price, Bristol
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Workshops 1-13
12:45 - 02:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Workshops 1-13
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Closing session
8:00 p.m. Promenade concert Europa InTakt No.2
Kirche St. Reinoldi , Ostenhellweg 2, 44135 Dortmund
Time Programme item
10:00 - 12:00 a.m. Workshops 1-13
7:00 p.m. Abschlusskonzert
Promenade concert Europa InTakt No. 3
Kirche St. Reinoldi , Ostenhellweg 2, 44135 Dortmund


Lectures Europa InTakt 2020

Seminarraumgebäude I (SRG I) Friedrich-Wöhler-Weg 6 44227 Dortmund

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Thursday October 01, 2020

Intact? – Attitude and (cohesion) in an inclusive and digitized Europe of the 21st century

Accessible Digital Musical Instruments : Musical Interfaces in Inclusive Music Practice

Making music with your eyes? The EyeHarp and the development of its use


Friday October 02, 2020

When differences make no difference ...

Potentials of digitally supported music making for inclusive music education

Coming soon

Movement turns to music. The Soundbeam and it`s applications in inclusive music projects


Workshops Europa InTakt 2020

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Wolfgang Stange, dancer and choreographer lives in London and Sri Lanka. Forty years ago, he founded the AMICI dance theater in London, which he still leads today (https://amicidance.org/). He works internationally as a director, choreographer and educator. In Dortmund, too, he works according to his inclusive-pedagogical approach "Dance Dynamics", which develops choreographies from the natural possibilities of movement of those involved that tell small and large stories ...

Five artists from Istanbul, Tugay Başar, Timuçin Gürer, Gökçe Gürçay, Ayşe Akarsu and Özgü Bulut from Istanbul have been working with body percussion as pedagogy and art form for years e.g. with deaf students at Eskisehir University. (https://www.kekeca.net/) Their approach "rhythmize your body" - nothing else means "Kendin Kendini Çal", abbreviated "KeKeÇa" - pursues a systematic rhythmization of the body and is not only loved by hearing impaired students. The musically oriented training of body awareness supports the development of self-awareness - also through public presentation. This time, the traditional sounds of clapping and pounding are supplemented by digitally enhanced effects; this creates new musical references and qualities.

Heike Trimpert, Bochum, musician, freelance music teacher at a primary school with a music profile and lecturer in numerous further training courses stands for singing, solmization and body percussion (https://www.heike-trimpert.de/). Solmization and body percussion work with the connection of inner perception and physical expression of the rhythmic and tonal relationships. The workshop shows ways to convey basic musical skills such as rhythm, metric security, melody and tonal orientation in a playful and enjoyable way. A small repertoire of songs is combined with improvisational forms of practice. Possibilities of transfer in the instrumental initial lessons and into digital (loops, overdubs, etc.) included ...

Ruud van der Wel, Rotterdam, respiratory therapist, has developed together with others the electronic instrument Magic Flute, which gives people with limited movement potential the opportunity to play melodies using a combination of head movement and exhalation. But this is only one level of adaptation: everything, instruments, teaching methods and even the repertoire is based on the movement possibilities of the musicians, who in turn align their lives with the possibility of making music.

In the workshop, Ruud van der Wel, Karin van Dijk and some other guests from Rotterdam work together with instrumentalists on an exemplary repertoire. In preparation for the workshop please see the homepage https://mybreathmymusic.com/de/magic-flute and films on YouTube e.g. https://youtu.be/62EpHRu62yw, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXFxIzq1lrc&feature=youtu.be oder – Beethoven inclusive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grx0q5YxgwM

Bring your own instruments to the workshop!

Thomas Bisitz is a physicist, musician and sound artist. For the inclusive music ensemble BlueScreen (Blauschimmel Atelier Oldenburg), he developed small electronic musical instruments that are held in the hand and create diverse sounds and light through movement. He works on the constant further development of the prototypes and creates individual solutions that overcome barriers and are both intuitively easy to access and allow great complexity.

The workshop shows the possibilities of playful artistic expression with the innovative devices, which can be used very independently of individual skills. Together it is about exploring experimentally improvised sound design from the aspect of the encounter of sounds, people and movement.

The two music teachers Tobias Dehler and Ralf Kurley work at the LVR Anna Freud School in Cologne (special focus on physical and motor development) and have developed several computer-based instruments for inclusive music practice. With the help of the globophone, the workshop participants dissect Beethoven's symphonies and translate the sound material into new musical contexts. The globophone has 16 light sensors. By casting shadows with their hands, the players control any parameters in the Ableton Live software and can digitally edit previously recorded data.

Please bring your own instruments!

Patrick Schäfer, lecturer at Saarland University, musician and teacher, is founder and band leader of the “iBand-Saar” formation. At the Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien des Saarlandes (LPM) he offers teacher training on the topic of “AppMusik” and digital media. Further information at: http://iBand-Saar.de. and http://Soundwhackers.de

In this workshop, "Soundwhackers" are built and tested - as an innovative further development of the Boomwhackers with inclusive potential. The digital “instruments” that communicate with the iPad via Bluetooth expand the sound and haptic possibilities of the Boomwhackers many times over. In addition, they enable musicians to play by touching their fellow players as well as performances that appeal to the media via a light function.

With the Soundbeam, Adrian Price, Bristol, has developed an interactive instrument that uses ultrasound sensors to create an invisible field that translates movement and gestures into music. The soundbeam is constantly being developed and now enables musicians to compose and make music in numerous styles existing around the world (www.soundbeam.co.uk)

Within the workshop together with the Soundbeam Orchestra Dobri Ljudi from Novi Sad, various possibilities of the soundbeam are being tested. Interaction with traditional instruments creates a variety of musical processes and pieces of music.

Bring your own instruments!

Gilda Razani, saxophonist and lecturer at the TU Dortmund, is a versatile musician, specialized among others in playing the instrument Theremin (http://gildarazani.de/gr/about/). The Theremin invented in 1920 by Lew Termen, who in the United States was called Leon Theremin, is an electronic musical instrument that produces tones without contact. It has become a cult instrument in the film industry and has found its way into various inclusive artistic projects.

In addition to exploring the sound possibilities and playing techniques, the workshop will also test the interaction with traditional instruments.

Some Theremins will be made available, and your own traditional instruments are welcome!

Developed by Zacharias Vamvakousis at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, the EyeHarp is an eye-controlled or head-controlled digital musical instrument: looking at a specific point on the screen produces a specific sound. It enables people with physical disabilities to learn and play music without barriers (http://theeyeharp.org/about/). So far, EyeHarp has been a free program (https://www.upf.edu/web/mtg/the-eyeharp).

In the workshop, the possibilities of the EyeHarp are tested and musical relationships are designed.

Bring your own instruments!

“Esagramma” is an orchestra from Milan, in which people with disabilities play with professional musicians. Connected to the institute “esagramma” is also a master's program for making music in inclusive contexts according to the esagramma method (https://www.esagramma.net/). Licia Sbatella is a professor at POLITECNICO MILANO and founder and director of the orchestra and the institute, Gabriele Rubino is responsible for the orchestra and Francesca Vergani for music education. Joint rehearsals with the esagramma orchestra open up musical and human experiences and make it clear what qualities arise in the field of music and inclusion.

Bring your own orchestral and other instruments!

Markus Brachtendorf, special education teacher and musician, has over 20 years experience as a teacher and producer in the creative arts work with children, adolescents and adults with special educational focus and objectives. He is associated with the keyword “sCOOL-HITs”. He is a coach with a broad-minded ambition, own publishing house, own label and own recording studio and he is very familiar with the growing possibilities of music apps. He also accompanies the UN-LABEL Performing Arts Company as musical director. The exploration of new possibilities of making music together with apps / devices and instruments is the topic of this workshop, which also forms sub-groups so that unhindered experimentation is not neglected.

Bring your own instruments as well as smart and other app-compatible phones and tablets. Some iOS devices can be made available.

In addition to various traditional instruments such as clarinet, guitar, violin, piano or bass, the Tabula Musica orchestra also uses musical technology instruments such as Soundbeam and Skoog and sees itself as a completely normal, accessible and electro-classical orchestra. The head Denis Huna, himself a violinist, teaches, among other things. also at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. The ensemble meets regularly to test and develop traditional and new sound possibilities. More at https://tabulamusica.ch/.

The workshop enables participation in the musical collaboration of professional musicians and people with impairments and experience in developing their own sound worlds between tradition and digital evolution.

Bring your own instruments!


Concerts Europa InTakt 2020

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Audimax of the TU Dortmund Vogelpothsweg 87, 44227 Dortmund. The access is barrier-free.


Opening by the Federal Government Commissioner for the Interests of Persons with Disabilities Jürgen Dusel

KeKeÇa, Alla Turca Bodypercussion, Istanbul

iBand-Saar, Homburg, Germany - there will be a livestream

Orchester esagramma, Mailand

Ensemble piano plus, Bochum/Dortmund

Kirche St. Reinoldi Ostenhellweg 2, 44135 Dortmund. The access is barrier-free.


Promenade concert: The ensembles present themselves one after the other at different places within the Church, the audience moves towards these places.

Sol Singers, Balmazújváros, Hungary

The Magic Flute, Rotterdam

Hands off Music, Cologne

Orchester Esagramma, Mailand

Kirche St. Reinoldi Ostenhellweg 2, 44135 Dortmund. The access is barrier-free.

Promenade concert: The ensembles present themselves one after the other at different places within the Church, the audience moves towards these places.


Soundbeam Orchestra Dobri Ljudi, Novi Sad, Serbia

Eyeharp, Barcelona

KeKeCa, Bodypercussion Istanbul

Tabula musica, Bern

Kirche St. Reinoldi Ostenhellweg 2, 44135 Dortmund. The access is barrier-free.

Promenade concert: The ensembles present themselves one after the other at different places within the Church, the audience moves towards these places.


Europa InTakt 2020: Music and Inclusion

Final concert with contributions from the workshops; joint conclusion


Concerts – Ensembles Europa InTakt 2020

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Body percussion on the one hand refers to the archaic beginnings of music - stamping, clapping, slaping - but has long since become an art form that moves internationally between elementary and highly virtuoso forms of expression. KeKeÇa from Istanbul stands for the classic middle position between high artistic standards and implementation by and for everyone - maybe this is the secret of the high level of acceptance by deaf students who partly with and partly without a cochlear implant insure that body percussion comprehensively improves their perception.

The ensemble piano plus was created in 2010 as part of the three-year project Dortmund Model: Music. More information at www.domovision.de. Today piano plus is located at the music school in Bochum. Unique are the complex arrangements by the head Claudia Schmidt, arrangements that are tailored to the skills and particular needs of the respective players. The core formation consists of violins and cellos, three pianos, electric guitar and voice. The program includes Compositions by Chilly Gonzales and Astor Piazzolla – and last not least Mozart. This creates an exciting mix of classical and minimal music, a mix of world music and jazz. More at https://pianoplus.tumblr.com/

Members of the inclusive iBand Saarland (the i stands for inclusion) are students of the Center for commercial vocational training in Saarbrücken and the school at Webersberg, a special school for physical and motor development in Homburg. With their teacher Patrick Schäfer they make music in connection with light, sound, text and movement with a high degree of technical innovation. The iBand is among the winners of the composition competition that was held in 2019 as part of the 20th Federal Meeting on School Music. Playing music on the iPad with a fingertip also gives schoolchildren with limited mobility the chance to live and experience their musicality and creativity. More at http://musik-mit-apps.de/patrick-schaefer/

esagramma from Milan is an orchestra with an distinctive claim to education and training: the founding mothers and fathers insist on musical quality in the sense of symphonic music. Orchestral pieces are rewritten in such a way that their substance is preserved, but also allows playing along on empty strings, for example. The participation of people with impairments in the orchestra with professional musicians is generally preceded by three years of training - not only on the instrument, but also in dealing with musical principles. A central method in the orchestral rehearsals of the small groups is the exchange of roles: All musicians with impairments keep changing the instruments - and the function of conducting is always taken over by all those involved. The esagramma method has also led to a master’s course offered in Milan (https://www.esagramma.net/). The orchestra has played in the European Parliament and before the Pope.

The Soundbeam Orchestra Dobri Ljudi - Dobri Ljudi means “good people” - is led by Žarko Sebić, guitarist, rock musician, composer and teacher, who has lived in Novi Sad since 2010. He not only composes music for children and reached fifth place in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, but also makes music with the ensemble Dobri Ljudi of the Milan Petrovic special school, which among other things also played the Pachelbel canon with the El Sistema Orchestra Serbia. (Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08AMjhStIoM). As a specialist in assistive technology at his school, Žarko Sebić uses electronic means such as the sound beam to generate music. The orchestra's public appearances are characterized by its participation in jazz festivals and street music.

Balmazújváros is a small town in eastern Hungary with a "Human Service Center of the Balmazújváros microregion". The center is a counseling center, day care and a residential home for people with disabilities. In the Sol Singers choir, founded in their home in 2009, people with disabilities and some of the home`s staff members - including the director – sing together. The repertoire consists of folk music as well as of literature from Kodaly and Bartok. When performing, the singing is accompanied by dance steps. The choir's motto goes back to the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodaly: “Art belongs to everyone”.

The My Breath My Music Foundation offers people with various physical disabilities the opportunity to make music, including through electronic musical instruments that were developed for them (http://mybreathmymusic.com/de/. The largest target group are people with muscle disorders, but people with other disabilities are also meant!

With an electronic musical instrument like the Magic Flute it is possible to play together with many musicians. Improvisation is just as much a topic as the interaction with large orchestras and small ensembles. An example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grx0q5YxgwM

The Tabula Musica Orchestra was founded in Bern in 2017 with the aim of instrumental training and further education for people with disabilities and to build a professional and inclusive environment. In addition to traditional instruments, the orchestra also uses various electronic instruments. The orchestra's repertoire includes different genres and is inspired by various composers and contemporary music such as Hans Zimmer, Trent Reznor or Massive Attack. More at https://tabulamusica.ch/

The motto: accessible music for everyone!

Four students from the LVR Anna Freud School in Cologne play The Globophon. It belongs to the genre of "shadow instruments" because it generates tones by casting shadows on a light sensor and enables players to edit digitally sound material. Compositions: Filterland (Gregor Schwellbach) // Tonosphäre127 (own composition)

Zacharias Vamvakousis developed “making music with the eyes” for people like Joel. Making music with your eyes means: looking at a certain point on a tablet creates a sound. Joel Bueno is an eleven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who makes music together with Zacharias Vamvakousis. More at http://theeyeharp.org/gallery/performances/


Comments on participation in Europa InTakt 2020

The conference can only be booked as a complete package. It includes lectures, participation in one of the workshops and the visit of the concerts included.

The lectures cannot be booked individually.

At the time of booking, the decision for a workshop must be made, which will be occupied for the entire course of the conference. It is not possible to change between the workshops, as each workshop aims at a deepening of the content, which leads to a short performance in the final concert.

The concerts are part of the conference program, the entrance is also free for the interested public.



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