Residentuu:r and URR

Ensemble U: activities of Audience Development follow two main paths:

- the creative residency programme Residentuu:r
- the concert series URR

  1. Series: Residentuu:r

Initiated by Ensemble U:, Residentuu:r is a unique creative residency programme, featuring public workshops that have three goals:

  • to develop the ensemble and the audience while focusing a certain topic and composer in the field of contemporary / experimental music.
  • through the public workshops offer a chance for music students, composers, musicians and anyone else interested to educate themselves further.
  • to pave the way for closer cooperation between instrumentalists and composer

Ensemble U: selected Udo Kasemets (1919-2014) posthumously as the composer for 2019. Kasemets was a Canadian-based composer with Estonian roots, and was the most influential figure in experimental music in Toronto from the 1950s to the 1970s.  Although Kasemets is no longer with us, his creative work, ideas and music he left us certainly deserve broader introduction and in-depth study.

In the open lectures / workshops, U: will play excerpts from Estonian composer Udo Kasemets compositions, discuss various types of scores and other aspects related to the works and music in general. The workshops will be held at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

From January to May, four open lectures / workshops will be held, each one led by an invited lecturer on a topic related to Kasemets. All the lecturers are from a different field related to the music to expand the topic from different angles. They are: Jeremy Stachan (Canada), Immo Mihkelson, Kerri Kotta, and Theodore Parker.


January 29, 2019 at 18:00
Lecturer: Jeremy Stachan
(Canada, video bridge), perhaps the top Kasemets specialist,

March 5, 2019 at 18:00
Lecturer: Kerri Kotta
, Composer, musicologist and teacher

April 4, 2019 at 18:00
Lecturer: Theodore Parker
, guitarist, electro-acoustic musician, and improviser, who currently pursues PhD studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

May 5, 2019 at 18:00
Lecturer: Immo Mihkelson
, music journalist

The workshops will be held in English and in Estonian and the admission is free of charge.

The series will be held in cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre’s Contemporary Music and Improvisation Centre and is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and co-funded by Creative Europe.



URR is a concert series where important themes of the modern music scene are introduced and performed.

Every concert has a certain topic. U: members Taavi Kerikmäe and Tarmo Johannes explain and open the chosen topic and composers during the concert. If possible, the composers are in the concert venue to give a short explanation, answer some questions and introduce the piece. On the spot, there’s a non-official talk after every concert between the audience, possible attended composers and members of the ensemble.

The concerts are realized in co-operation with the Estonian National Broadcast with live transmission in Klassikaraadio (

DATES / Concerts in the program of the AD:

1. URR-21: Rostrum
December 11, 2018 at 19:00

Where: Estonian Radio 1st Studio (live transmission in Klassikaraadio)

The program includes a lecture by Oscar Bianchi

December 11, 2018 at 16:15
Where: Estonian Radio Press Room

Concert with pieces by Rostrum composers:

- Ülo Krigul (1978) - "Earth... to Become Earth Again 2” (2007/2010)
- Oscar Bianchi (1975) - "De Rerum Natura"(2001)
- Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (1977) - "Nurgad" ("Corners") (2017)
- Olga Neuwirth (1968)  "DiaJanuary logues Suffisants.  Porträt einer Komposition als junger Affe” (1991/92)
- Helena Tulve (1972)  - "Maa süda" ("Heart of Earth") (2017)


2. URR-22: Wandelweiserid

January 15, 2019 at 19:00
Where: Estonian Radio 1st Studio live transmission in Klassikaraadio)
Concert with pieces by the composers of Wandelweisers:

- Jürg Frey "Circular Music No 6” (2015)
- Thomas Stiegler "Treibgut I - 2" (2011)
- Jürg Frey "Circular music nr 7" ad. lib. (2015
- Antoine Beuger "Lieux de Passage" (2008)


3. URR-23: Turkey

March 19, 2019 at 19:00
Where: Estonian Radio 1st Studio live transmission in Klassikaraadio)
Concert with pieces by Turkish composers.

Program to be confirmed.