About the Festival
Since 2012, Fresh Inc has helped performers, composers, and pre-formed ensembles to envision and launch their own authentic careers in music, rooted in adventurous genre-defying collaboration, entrepreneurial thinking, and meaningful partnerships with audiences and community.
We know we’ve all been dealt a lot in the past few weeks, and that all of us in the arts are figuring out what our new normal looks like. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our 15-year history here at Fifth House Ensemble, it’s that our strength as artists is the way we engage our creativity and flexibility in times like these.
In that spirit, we’re re-imagining our format for Fresh Inc 2020. Here’s what’s new:
We’re moving online! Our 2020 festival will be pivoting to a digitally-connected experience, creating robust opportunities for participants to interact with each other, our fantastic roster of guest presenters and composition faculty, the members of 5HE, and a wide-reaching digital audience through a variety of livestreaming and conferencing platforms.
Every year, participants:
- Receive a comprehensive curriculum of 25+ workshops that foster experimental thinking and provide you with the entrepreneurial skills to sustain a fulfilling life in the arts
- Add photos and performance videos to their artistic portfolio
- Premiere 24 new works of chamber music developed during the festival alongside established repertoire
- Composers write a piece for assigned instrumentation that will be premiered at the festival – performers are a mix of students and 5HE artists or a pre-formed ensemble
- Design and present performance experiences for audiences of all types side-by-side with Fifth House Ensemble
- Receive one-on-one mentorship and instruction with instrumental and composition faculty. Composers will receive one private lesson and one coaching with Dan Visconti and one additional private lesson with a guest composer
- Become a part of Fresh Inc’s creative community, sustaining relationships with an active and evolving network of cultural change makers whose work continuously reinvents the role of the musician to bring about a connected world
So what’s new? This year’s festival includes:
- Digital premieres – Artists nationwide are looking for ways to continue to collaborate, create, and share music even in a time of social distancing. This year, we’re asking our festival composers to write new works that can be presented in a livestream premiere format this June. We’re amazed with the ideas we’ve received so far, ranging from works that can be pre-recorded separately in parts to experimental pieces that take advantage of networks, latency, and digital platforms in their construction. All works will be premiered on the final days of the festival.
- Livestreamed performances – Each year, we reach audiences of every age through performances in spaces both traditional and unexpected. Livestreamed events will range from digital showcases, to informal salons and educational events. Stay tuned for more details!
- New content – Artists across the country are challenged to bring their work to audiences in new ways via digital platforms. We’re going to bring you tools for taking your work online through recording, streaming, and virtual collaboration.
- Extended timelines – We’ll be supporting participants and their work over a longer span of time. We’ve started with an early roll-out of session material, lessons, and workshops before the festival, and we’ll create more opportunities to stay connected over the next year.
- The Digital Edition – Missed the boat on applying this year? It’s not too late to learn with us this summer. For the first time, participate via our Digital Edition, which includes access to all of our workshops and content online for a full year.