Unyazi 2016: Infrastructures

  • 14 - 17 July
  • South African College Of Music, University of Cape Town
  • Youngbloods Gallery
  • Curator

  • Committee Member
    Theo Herbst
  • Committee Member
    Meryl van Noie
  • Committee Member
    Miles Warrington

Full Programme

From 14-17 July, NewMusicSA presents the 2016 Unyazi Electronic Music Festival at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. This year's festival is themed around the idea of 'infrastructures' as the various mechanisms of access and mobility we find in the cities around us, and the various ways we use, subvert, and transform these. These mechanisms range from roads and highways to water works and the electricity grid. The theme also speaks to the growing infrastructures of electronic music in South Africa like studios, albums, networks, and archives. In the end, electronic music is realised through movement and mobility of signals across wires, consoles, mixers, pick-ups, mics, and speakers, each a form of infrastructure.


Tickets: are priced at R30 for students and pensioners, R50 for anyone else (per concert). NewMusicSA members get in free (meaning you can save R100 on concerts by becoming a member! Sign up here. Tickets available at the door.


The festival will present four evening concerts, two lunch time concerts, and three workshops. The programme brings together a diverse cast of composers and performers presenting everything from acousmatic music to mixed-media works to live ensembles mic'd-up and manipulated in weird and wonderful ways.


Seven new works by young, up-and-coming composers have been commissioned by the festival, generously sponsored by the SAMRO Foundation. Alongside these, we pay tribute this year to the groundbreaking work of Jürgen Braüninger, who will be the composer in residence for the festival. Other featured artist include Neo Muyanga and Reza Khota. In total, you can get yourself ready for 427 minutes of the most electrified music SA has on offer.  


NewMusicSA is proud to announce this year's Unyazi electronic music festival that will take place from 14-17 July at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. The 2016 Unyazi festival will bring together a diverse cast of composers, performers and mixed-media artists for 4 days of cutting-edge concerts. The festival will present 4 evening concerts and 2 lunch hour concerts, alongside workshops and talks.

Concerts will take place at the South African College of Music, UCT, with one concert at Youngbloods gallery on Saturday 16 July. 

For more info, see http://newmusicsa.org.za/events/unyazi-2016-infrastructures

Keep an eye on our facebook event page as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102691533138489/

Many thanks to Paul Bothner Music for their generous sponsorship of equipment and expertise, and the SAMRO Foundation and National Lotteries Commission for their financial support.






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