Unyazi IV (2014) focuses on interaction between South African musicians/composers and those from Asia including Tomoko Momiyama (Japan), Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Japan), Alfred Harth (South Korea/Germany), Carl Stone (Japan/US). Also performing are Ravish Momin (US) and Lukas Ligeti (Austria/US). South African artists who will be participating in the festival include Frank Mallows and Brydon Bolton. The South African New Music Ensemble will also perform at the festival. Tomoko Momiyama will arrive in Johannesburg three weeks before the festival to collaborate intensively with South African artists to produce a new piece of work specifically linked to the experience of her time in the city. The work will be the result of Momiyama’s wide experience and study of culture, environment and human psychology.
An exchange programme between VICC and NewMusicSA that sends two South African composers to Sweden for a month. It was initiated jointly by both organisations in December 2006 and provides two residencies a year at VICC, situated in the medieval town of Visby, which is the capital of the Swedish island of Gotland. The residencies include free accommodation per composer and free use of a well-equipped music studio — one studio per composer — for up to four weeks. To apply for 2015 click here.
June has been a busy month at NewMusicSA. With this months newsletter we would like to take the oppertunity to extend two calls to you. The first is for the 2015 Visby residencies and the second is for the Growing Composers Workshop that will take place at Unyazi this year. Please note that the deadline for applications for both these calls is Friday 1 August 2014.
The month of May is behind us. Over the past month we have had the premiere of Madiba The African Opera and the passing of the great composer, Stefans Grové. We also have some great shows coming up in June.
April is behind us, but what a month it has been! We have been keeping you waiting for this newsletter edition for a good reason though. With this edition we would like to annouce the winners of our recent call for proposals. Some other April highlights include our vamped up webpage, the heating up of the Unyazi festival, and some great concerts that accompanied Easter!
Our first financial month for the 2014/ 2015 year is behind us and things are looking very exciting! Our plans for Unyazi 2014 are coming into focus. To be held in Jo'burg from 10- 13 September, the festival will prove to be (excuse the pun) electrifying! March has also seen some exciting events such as a composition workshop we held in Stellenbosch and a plethora of cutting edge concerts.
Valentine's day was not all that February held in store for New Music lovers. We have had a thrilling month with everything from birthday concerts to the edge of wrong. See some of the highlights below and check out all the composition competitions that are coming up. The first stages of adjudication for our very own commission call has also started and big thanks to all those composers who sent us material, it looks great!
The January newsletter allows NewMusicSA to wish all its members all the best for the upcoming year! We certainly have some exciting projects lined up and we hope that you will allow us to spread the news of yours too.
A word from Estelle Loubser, our membership director: