U: takes part in EU project  DYCE -  Discovering Young Composers of Europe. The project  takes place in cooperation with  Divertimento Ensemble (Italy), Taller Sonoro (Spain) and Cikada (Norway). The aim of DYCE is to discover young talented composers and give them opportunity to work with four top-rate ensembles, gather international experiences and build contacts.

NB! The call fro scores is open until January 15,  2019!

Three selected compositions from each of the four regions of Europe will be performed and streamed live in concerts on April 28, 2019.  One composer is selceted from each consert who will receive commission for a new piece. The composers get invited to rehearsals and perfrormances of the new pieces to all of the four cities (April 2020).

More info, rules and registration: https://dyce-project.eu/
Good concise overview here.


U: continues with series Residentuu:r. In 2018 the chosen composer for collaborations is Andrus Kallastu.

The public workshops take place in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on:

1. We 17.01.2018,  7:00 PM
2. We 7.02.2018
,  7:00 PM
3. We 14.03.2018
,  7:00 PM
4. We 18.04.2018
,  7:00 PM
5. We 23.05.2018
,  7:00 PM



Taavi Kerikmäe and Tarmo Johannes as members of ensemble U: will perform together with Ekke Västrik at prominent festival/show-case Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany. With the musicians performs video artist tencu with his original live video projection.

The program is built up on  subtle interplay between seemingly un-uniteable sides of electronic music -  rhythmical, rather dance oriented, club scene electronic music and works of contemporary classical composers like John Cage, Peter Ablinger, Tom Johnson. If the way how people listen to those genres is so different -  are there any possible meeting points at all? Can the audience of one scene enjoy the music of the other one? The goal of the project is to draw attention to details, careful ways of listening and the most important factor of any music -  the SOUND.  And not losing the fun meanwhile :)





ekke "Can't I"
Peter Ablinger "Piccolo und Rauschen"
ekke "Meanwhile"
John Cage "Radio music"
ekke "OK then"




U: & ekke (excerpts) from Ansambel U on Vimeo.


Fifth volume in series "Residentuu:r" takes place on We April  19, 2017 at 07:30 PM, EMTA opera studio (A-403).
Liisa Hirsch continues to explore with ensemble U: various composers and subjects in contemporary experimental music.

This time in focus: group of ultra-minimalist composers Wandelweiser

Third volume in series "Residentuu:r" takes place on We Februrary  8, 2017 at 07:30 PM, EMTA organ hall.
Liisa Hirsch continues to explore with ensemble U: various composers and subjects in contemporary experimental music.

This time in focus:  Alvin Lucier

Music played:
"Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas" (for fiolin, for cello)
"Music for Long Thin Wire"
"Outlines of Persons and Things"