ECSA nominated Age Veeroos’ piece “Ma olen suur kuu su silmapiiril” for the ECCO concert referendum

Photo: Mall Kullamaa
Photo: Mall Kullamaa

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) nominated Age Veeroos’ work “Ma olen suur kuu su silmapiiril” (2020) for the European Orchestra of Contemporary Composers (ECCO) concert.

The 60-minute program will be drawn up on the basis of a referendum. The works that receive the most votes will be performed in Brussels on February 2, 2021 by an ensemble of five percussionists Slagwerk Den Haag. Voting will begin next week.

The title of Age Veeroos’ piece “Ma olen suur kuu su silmapiiril” / “I Am The Big Moon On Your Horizon” (2020) refers to an optical illusion when the Moon on the horizon looks bigger to the eye. The so-called Moon illusion.

“I associated this idea with my experiences and manifestations of things looking seemingly the wrong size. Sometimes the excessive proximity makes things very powerful, perhaps even scary. However, if we change the perspective and mentally place things in a distance, observe and bound them closer and further, we can experience them becoming more understandable and familiar to us,” describes Veeroos.

Age Veeroos works as a freelance composer and teacher of composition and music technology. She is a member of the Estonian Composers’ Union and the Electronic Music Society, the leader of the Young Composer and Loomelabor (creative lab) summer school. Age has studied composition at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under Eino Tamberg and Helena Tulve and at the University of Music Karlsruhe under Wolfgang Rihm. She has participated in the IRCAM courses in Paris and in Salvatore Sciarrino’s master class in Rome amongst others.

ECSA is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and professionals that supports creative dialogue between composers and performers by providing an opportunity to develop skills with internationally experienced ensembles. ECCO concerts organized by ECSA are dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary music.

In previous years, an international jury of ECSA has selected the following composers to represent Estonia at the ECCO concerts:
René Eespere (2017, Vienna), Helena Tulve (2018, Brussels), Ülo Krigul (2018, Belgrade), Tatjana-Kozlova Johannes (2019, Stockholm).