SoundMindLab had a great launch on the 20th April at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. The performers were Jill Richards, Ilke Alexander and Bongi Lecoge-Zulu in works by Cameron Harris and Clare Loveday; Lukas Ligeti, Joao Orecchia performed their own work. The grand finale was Rzewki's Les Mouton de Panurge, with Samora Ntsebeza and Mpho Molikeng and enthusiastic music students from Wits joining the other musicians. There were also some great performances from audience members!
Update on New Music Indaba 2013
Hot in the wake of the Unyazi Festival, which brought cutting edge new electronic music to Durban in 2012, this year's New Music Indaba, its acoustic counterpart, will also be held in Durban, with the date set for October 11 – 13. The NewMusicSA ensemble will be launched at the Indaba and composers will be given an opportunity to propose new works for the full ensemble and its sub-groups along the theme of “The Riot of Spring”, a tongue-in-cheek reference to Stravinsky’s iconoclastic work which celebrates the centenary of its controversial premiere this year.
The Indaba will be held in Johannesburg in September/October curated by Angie Mullins and with a special focus on local performers and composers. A resident NewMusicSA ensemble will be launched at the Indaba and composers will be given an opportunity to propose new works for the ensemble along the theme of “The Riot of Spring”, a tongue-in-cheek reference to Stravinsky’s iconoclastic work which celebrates the centenary of its controversial premiere this year.
NewMusicSA is currently on a membership drive, as our membership cycle runs from March to February annually. We are contacting South African composers locally and internationally, and welcome any new members particularly those who may not yet have had an opportunity to join.
NewMusicSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Andile Khumalo to the board of directors. In addition, a small cabinet reshuffle has seen the portfolio of Vice Chair allocated to Mr Chris Jeffery (previously secretary) and the Secretary portfolio taken over by Dr Cameron Harris.
Some of you did not receive our December e-newsletter because of technical hitches, so here it is again. We wish all members a happy Christmas and a prosperous and music-filled New Year.
All the best from the NMSA board
Our new website (sporting our new logo) is now live and will be launched officially in early 2013. Please browse to www.newmusicsa.org.za for a preview. Members' feedback on the new site will be appreciated.
A reminder about the October 31st deadline for applications for the Sterkfontein Composers Meeting. The Centre for Music Transformation and Research is organizing the second Sterkfontein Composers Meeting at the Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, 15 - 25 February 2013. The artist in residence will be Friedrich Gauwerky. Young and emerging composers who are interested can apply to:
Michael Blake (Director)
Sterkfontein Composers Meeting
P O Box 2305
Applications should include a short motivation and two recent representative scores and recordings (CD or mp3).
Unyazi III: More than one way of skinning the electroacoustic cat
by Cameron Harris (all photo credits: Joker Nies)
Unyazi III, “Lightning Strikes Thrice” was, I can truly say without irony, an electrifying listening experience for all. This included many people indeed, as I’m glad to say audience numbers were extremely good throughout the four days of the festival in mid-September. The range of approaches to electronic music was striking, which I guess is to be expected when one considers the different times and places that the music came from.
Young and emerging composers who are interested can apply by 31 October 2012 to Michael Blake (Director), Sterkfontein Composers Meeting, P O Box 2305, Dennesig 7601, South Africa. Applications should include a short motivation and two recent representative scores and recordings (CD or mp3).