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).
Hailed by their critics as “fiercely intrepid improvisers”, the trio Die Schrauber produces a wide variety of dense musical textures and high-energy interaction. With veteran circuit bender Joker Nies (Cologne), sampling artist Mario deVega (Berlin) and Hans Tammen (New York) on Endangered Guitar and live sound processing, the trio exerts extreme control over their bizarre instruments.
We hope to see you all at Unyazi but if you’re in Joburg/Potch/Cape Town and can’t make Durban, or if you’d like to hear more from our Unyazi artists, here’s an opportunity to catch some of the action.
Notice is hereby given to all members that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of NewMusicSA will be held at 10am on Saturday 15th September at The Francis Stock Building, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
The new NMSA website is taking shape and promises to be a valuable resource to new music composers, performers and enthusiasts. New features include dynamic festival and news pages, exclusive members’ areas, personalized member pages – on which members can place their biographies and audio samples, access to all NMSA bulletins and discussion forums. A new, easy-to-use template is being designed and we eagerly await the completion of this exciting project that will open up several new channels of communication and interaction for South African composers.