NMSA have recently held their AGM and have made a few changes to the Board. I am Malcolm Dedman and have been appointed to manage the Newsletters for the coming year, so if anyone has any news they would like to share, please let me know. My email is malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.
The shackles of winter are borken and we welcome a blossoming month of concerts, workshops and the ISCM call for scores in September and have a quick glance at what NMSA was up to in the last month of August.
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.
Unyazi IV (2014) — part of the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa festival — 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 arrived in Johannesburg on August 25th, and is currently collaborating 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.
NewMusicSA, the South African Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music, will present the latest edition of the international Unyazi Electronic Music Festival between 12 – 15th September 2012. Meaning ‘Lightning’ in the Zulu language, the previous Unyazi festivals in 2005 and 2008 were extremely successful events involving participation by some of the most highly regarded international artists currently working in the field and also providing a platform for South Africa’s flourishing community of electronic composers.
The next World New Music Days festival takes place in Zagreb, Croatia from 7-17 April, 2011 and the theme of the festival will be Mirabilia Memorabilia. We are looking for works by South African composers to represent South Africa at the festival. The South African jury will select up to three pieces that will be sent to the International jury of the ISCM for consideration. The jury will be chaired this year by Peter Klatzow. In addition to your score, we recommend the inclusion of recordings and programme notes with your application. This call is open to all composers of South African nationality and there is no charge for submission of applications.
Two evenings of electroacoustic music and three days of workshops for young South African composers and performers.
In the decade-long tradition of New Music Indabas, the musical creations/presentations and the workshops/master classes of eMusic Indaba will be very educational and will broaden the acoustic horizons of local practitioners and students as well as a general audience. Concert audiences and local electroacoustic performers and composers will be exposed to current global developments in electronic and computer music.
Contains Christine Lucia’s critical overviews of the careers of Kevin Volans and the late Joshua Mohapeloa; an article by Mokale Koapeng’s on placing and appreciating Michael Moerane in a divided compositional landscape; an interview with Hannes Taljaard by Janelize van der Merwe, broaching translating conceptual frameworks into perceptual phenomena through composition; a review of Stephanus Muller and Chris Walton’s A Composer in Africa; an article by Cameron Harris entitled ‘The art of sound’, tackling the issue of the increasingly blurred lines between composition and sound art; a report on Unyazi 2 (2008) by James Webb; Jaco Meyer’s report on the 2009 New Music Indaba; Fiona Tozer’s account of her residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden; and a new works list and a news section, the latter containing obituaries for two important figures in the New Music scene who passed away in 2010: Surendran Reddy and Dr Noluthando Mavis Mpola.
NewMusicSA is pleased to present the Unyazi Electronic Music Symposium and Festival 2005, Africa's first electronic music festival and conference. The ground-breaking four-day event aims to promote a dialogue concerning electroacoustic music in the southern hemisphere, between composers, performers, and musicologists from South Africa and the rest of the world. It is time to celebrate electronic music in Africa, and South Africa can play a leading role in doing so. South African society has a rich, multicultural heritage, and we can therefore strive to create electronic music that is uniquely African.