The Atlas Lab will take place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam between 27 August and 5 September 2016. Application for active participation is now closed. Auditors can request participation via

The Atlas Lab offers a wide range of activities:

1 Atelier for the creation of new repertoire
Composers and musicians from all over the world come together to study and research the possibilities to create new intercultural music during a week of experimental sessions and workshops.

2 Masterclasses for instrumentalists
Masterclasses and lessons by top soloists like Dhruba Ghosh, Kiya Tabassian, Naomi Sato, Elshan Mansurov, Harrie Starreveld and others.

3 Concerts and demonstrations of Middle Eastern and Asian instruments
wind instruments – shakuhachi, duduk, sheng, sho
– 'ud, tar, setar, pipa
zithers – qanun, zheng, guqin
bowed strings – erhu, kamancha, sarangi, kemençe

4 Lectures and documentation
Lectures by invited guest speakers address a variety of perspectives. The activities of the Atlas Lab are documented (audiovisual and written) with the objective to build a comprehensive digital library.

5 Performance
Some of the pieces will be selected for performance in November in the Netherlands.


The Atlas Academy/Lab is made possible with the financial support of the City of Amsterdam and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne