When Cameron Harris asked me if I would be interested to help curate the 2014 Unyazi Festival with an emphasis on music from what is sometimes called the Pacific Rim, I was glad to accept, and did so without hesitation. While I knew we would able to bring several wonderful artists to perform at the festival, it was clear that because of the limits of schedule and also budget many interesting artists would not be able to come in person. So I came up with the idea of a listening room, where people could gather and enjoy music in a relaxed setting, and where many pieces from my home base in Japan, as well as South Africa, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, the Phillipines, Rwanda, Singapore, the USA, & Vietnam could be enjoyed. In the end, eight hours of music are being presented, all of them created especially for the medium of the loudspeaker. It has been a lot of fun to put together the program, and I hope those of you who can come by the festival and spend some time listening will enjoy it.
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.
Please note a change in the book launch programme for Nagmusiek. The Johannesburg launch has been postponed until further notice. We hope to see you in Stellenbosch, Cape Town or Pretoria.
Book Launch and Performance
Stellenbosch The book will launch in conjunction with a special performance of Arnold van Wyk’s Nagmusiek by Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Stephanus Muller will be in conversation with Professor Lou-Marie Kruger.
July is behind us and what an exciting month it has been! NMSA would like to thank all the composers who entered for both the VICC residency as well as the Growing Composers Workshop. We are delighted to see increased numbers of entries each year!I this months addition you can look forward to more opportunities, concerts, and special offers for our members. Also, please be reminded of the ISCM call for scores that was sent out in last months editions.
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.
Please be reminded that NMSA operates on a membership basis. The funds we get from your membership allow us to promote New Music in SA, bringing you the best new compositions, festivals and publications. We would like to send a call out for all existing members to please renew their memberships and we invite all others to join. We rely on your support to in turn support New Music in SA. Membership forms can be found here.
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!