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The five-day festival is held in the first half of November. It offers a programme of contemporary composed music, jazz and improvisation, avant-garde world music, sound installations, electronic music, modern opera, music theatre, and interdisciplinary performances. Concerts are staged in different venues.
The first November Music took place in 1993. There is an ongoing collaboration with various international festivals. In recent years, November Music has also organised concerts outside the scope of the festival in other Dutch cities.
Composers and musicians who have featured in the festival include Sofia Gubaidulina, Mauricio Kagel, Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Heiner Goebbels, Frederic Rzewski, Daniel Johnston, Fred Momotenko, Michel van der Aa, Nik Bärtsch, Kayhan Kalhor, Arve Henriksen, Christian Wolff. Furthermore, groups like Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, musikFabrik, Asko Ensemble, Nederlands Kamerkoor and Raschèr Saxophone Quartet gave presence at November Music.
November Music regularly links up Dutch jazz musicians with improvisators from other countries and arranges a first get-together on stage. Some combinations initiated by November Music: Yuri Honing and Craig Taborn, Wolfert Brederode and Mark Feldman, Vijay Iyer and Misha Mengelberg, The Bad Plus and Anton Goudsmit, Marc Ribot and ZAPP4, Martin Fondse and Matthew Herbert, ZAPP4 and Jan Bang, Rembrandt Frerichs Trio and Kayhan Kalhor.
Sound art installations
Since 2012 November Music also has a sound art program. Initially organized by sound artist Horst Rickels. Since 2016 sound art organisation iii became the curator of a special line-up featuring sound installations and sound sculptures. Pierre Bastien (among others) was part of the 2016 line-up in this program. The 2017 edition had programmed Yuri Landman, Mariska de Groot and Dmitry Morozov (aka Vtol) and others. This program happens in the Kruithuis, a 1620 built military magazine.
- Contemporary music festival in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Allaboutjazz, November Music 2014