Welcome to our February Newsletter. In this issue, we have two exciting announcements: the first is a Call for Contributions for our biennial Unyazi Festival in July; the second is a Call for Proposals for our Soundings project. We also have information about membership of NewMusicSA, news of upcoming concerts, several opportunities for composers, as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.
As always, do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.
The New Music Indaba this year will continue the tradition of introducing new works by a diverse range of composers to life on stage with the help of the South African New Music Ensemble (SANME) under the direction of Robert Fokkens, the Odeion School of Music Camerata (OSCM) under the direction of Xavier Cloete, the Choir of Christ Church Arcadia under the direction of George King and the Odeion Vocal Consort under the direction of Lance Phillip. It will also feature works by leading figures such as Robert Fokkens, Kevin Volans and Hendrik Hofmeyr, to name but a few. At the same time there will be an exciting range of workshops and lectures offered, as well as a roundtable discussion of the current state of new music in South Africa.
The event will feature a wide range of workshops, talks and roundtables, and will conclude with a choral mass at the Bloemfontein Anglican Cathedral featuring an "Agnus Dei" written by George T. King.
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.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the theme of this year’s Indaba is “The Riot of Spring”. Workshop participants will be invited to compose short pieces based on this theme to be workshopped by a new contemporary music ensemble formed specifically for the festival: Géza Kayser (violin), Marguerite Spies (cello), Brydon Bolton (double bass), Bongile Lecoge-Zulu (flute), Morné van Heerden (clarinet), Jill Richards (piano), Frank Mallows (percussion) and conductor Gerben Grooten.
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.
Features: an interview with Jill Richards; a review of Andile Khumalo’s Schau-fe(r)n-ster; a feature by Martin Scherzinger on Michael Blake in celebration of the composer’s sixtieth birthday; Grant Olwage’s overview of the career and works of John Knox Bokwe; reports on the eMusic Indaba 2010 in Durban, ISCM World New Music Days 2010 in Sydney, New Music Indaba 2011 in Johannesburg, ISCM World New Music Days 2011 in Zagreb; and an article by Jean-Pierre de la Porte entitled On the South African composer’s dilemma.