Small and large groups are the central activities of the GLOMUS Camp. Camp 2019 programme offers 3 parallel large groups and approximately 9 parallel small groups.

The participants are expected to attend the sessions of the selected group throughout the duration of the Camp.

No later than september 1st participants must have selected their preferred groups on


1. Glomus Orchestra

Facilitator: Jens Chr. Chappe Jensen (Royal Academy of Music, RAMA, Denmark)

This is going to be a mind-blowing orchestra with all kinds of instruments from the Middle East, East, West and South Africa, electric instruments, classical instruments - Anything Goes! The music will draw on inspiration from all of the participating countries. Some material you will have to learn by ear and some from musical notation. I will gently guide and take care of the overall structure of the music.

2. Glomus Choir

Facilitator: Merzi Rajala (Sibelius Academy, UniArts, Helsinki)

The Glomus choir will work with creative approaches to using the voice in a large group setting through the vehicle of musical games, improvisation and co-creation methods. Merzi will also offer some small songs from diverse musical aesthetics to sing and create with. In addition, students are welcome to bring easy songs from their own traditions to share with the group by ear.

3. GLOMUS Cross-Arts

Facilitator: Micaela Kühn (The Danish National School of Performing Arts)

In this large ensemble we will work on creating scores for movement and sound with material collected in walks outside of the studio.

The students will be first introduced to some movement practices based on active listening, movement as response to sound, movement as sound, relation of the body to the space, etc. Then, in small groups (couples or trios), they will go on a walk of observation and documentation starting at the studio and finishing in a different spot. In this walk, listening will be put into practice. The gathered documentation will then serve as a base for a common score for movement and sound that the students will work on in their groups. We will end up with small choreographic try-outs that will be shared on the last day. If the space allows it, these try-outs will be placed in different spaces in the building, in a sort of choreographic parkour.


1. Movement / Improvisation / Group Intelligence

Facilitators: Tine Damborg and Peder Dahlgaard (The Danish National School of Performing Arts)

We will offer movement-based jam-sessions around the theme of e.g. sustainability (or eventually another theme that the group might like to investigate). The work will form around a generous sharing of the participants’ personal performance heritage, offering a chance to experience and explore multiple movement styles, as well as, investigating the dynamics of ‘group intelligence’. Our improvisations might embody various inner and outer impulses arising in response to words, sounds, images, kinaesthetic sensation and touch, connected to the theme and each participant will get a chance to lead the group in joint improvisations. The workshop is facilitated by Tine and Peder who will initiate the work, and if needed offer various strategies for shaping its outcome, but mostly the work taking place in this ‘small group’ will be participant/group devised.

2. Rhythmic Dialogues

Facilitators: Thomas Taylor (drums/percussion) (North Carolina Central University). Amos Darkwa Asare (percussion) (University of Cape Coast, Ghana).

This group will work with rhythm as a language for collaboration. Drawing on the roots of rhythm in West Africa and the translation of rhythmic ideas in north American jazz, the group will create a dynamic rhythmic dialogue unique to the GLOMUS camp.

3. Mali Blues and Beyond

Facilitator: Moussa Dialo (Mali / Denmark)

This group will explore music inspired by Malian rhythms, themes and language. Students can expect groovy, happy and sometimes challenging rhythms and will experiment, improvise and create based on the Malian foundation.

4. Vocal Ensemble – Raising Our Voices

Facilitators: Lenora Helm Hammonds, NCCU and Jay Attys, Graduate Student, NCCU.

Our group will explore music and cultural customs from various geographical regions through song, storytelling and movement. Our goal is to highlight a journey through the voice - the first instrument - and how it is a unique instrument to examine music around the world, as well as the uses of the voice to heal and educate. The vocal music repertoire in this group will demonstrate how to connect with and cultivate the global engagement that is unique to the GLOMUS perspective. No special vocal training is needed! Just prepare to have fun and use song to make music with your global peers.

5. Co-creating Music and Dance

Facilitators: Micaela Kühn (The Danish National School of Performing Arts) and Nathan Riki Thomson (Australia), Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

This group will create new music and dance inspired by the GLOMUS camp theme of dialogues, sustainability and artistic interventions. Group members will actively participate in a creative creation process that emphasises techniques for intercultural collaboration and co-creation, blurring the lines between sound, movement, composition, choreography and improvisation. Musicians and dancers from any background and level of experience are welcome.

6. Music Traditions of China

Facilitators: TBC (Peoples Republic of China) 

This group will be introduced to some of the ancient instruments and musical traditions found in China. Participants will explore the traditional materials of the music and create new arrangements based on the tradition.

7. South Africa and Beyond: Amagwijo - Songs of our People

Facilitator: Dizu Plaatjies (South Africa)

The point of departure for these sessions will be the unique and age-old San, Xhosa, Mpondo, Sotho and Venda bow, reedpipe and vocal musics of Southern Africa. Through music and dance explorations based on the personal songs of our mothers and the communal celebratory musics of our villages, we intend to engage participants in an original collaborative creation. The outcome will be a short co- workshopped music and dance narrative that reflects on some of the oldest cultures of Southern Africa and our world.



8. Student Centred Collaboration

Facilitated collaboratively by the student group

This group is based on the idea of students coming together to share their knowledge and learn from each other. Each student participant is asked to bring a tune /movement / dance to share with the group to work on and arrange together. Material may include traditional tunes and / or newly composed pieces.

9. Algorithmic Freedom - Electroacoustic Improvisation

Facilitator: Reso Kiknadze (Tbilisi State Conservatoire)

Music programming basics and schematization of musical categories, creating tools and environments for music-making with any sounding objects: instrument, voice, computer