Attention South African Composers! Submit your new orchestral works to be read by KZN Philharmonic on 29 November. Get priceless feedback from conductor and orchestral musicians with the option of having your work recorded. Apply today!!
The excitement of the Unyazi days are now over, but NewMusicSA is already starting to plan ahead for next year’s Indaba. Details will follow in future issues, so do watch this space.
I would like to thank everyone who has sent me information and snippets for this newsletter. Do please keep them coming – composer opportunities, concert/festival events, courses, residencies or any other relevant information – by sending me an email to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com. In the meantime, here are a few newsworthy items.
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.
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.