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.
Albert 24 Harth
For those of you who remember the saxophonist Albert Harth at the recent Unyazi Festival, he would like to let you know about a forthcoming event. Please visit website for details.
Past Event – KOMPOS
On 25 October, the Composers of Stellenbosch (KOMPOS) hosted, as part of the Endler Concert Series, their fourth recital of orchestral works. Since the project was founded in 2010, KOMPOS has aided in the performance of over 100 new works by students studying at Stellenbosch University. Currently, it is the most significant project of its kind on the continent. They programmed six composers with their new and divergent works for orchestra.
Edge of Wrong
For those in Cape Town on 31 October (apologies for the short notice) you may experience the event ‘The Edge of Wrong CT 9.1’, an evening of experimental and improvised music and visual arts. It will take place at The Bijou, Lower Main Road, Observatory, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The cost is R30 – R50 and guests are asked to pay what they can afford within those guidelines. Guests should bring their own drinks and a cushion to sit on, (as it is happening inside a greasy forge). Snacks and juice will be on sale.
News from Michael Blake
Two of Michael Blake’s String Quartets are being played at Ars Musica in Bruges, please visit website for details.
Various concerts are taking place in New York in the coming months: please see poster.
Michael would also like to give you all advanced notice of an event happening next year, from 1-10 April. There is a Composers Meeting in Sterkfontein at the Nirox Foundation, with Ivo Nilsson and Jonny Axelsson (trombone and percussion duo) as artists in residence; and Andile Khumalo and himself as composition faculty. Interested participating composers and performers (trombonists and percussionists only) can apply to michael [at] michaelblake [dot] co [dot] za.
News from Jill Richards
Jill Richards is travelling to Berlin to record an exciting CD of Kevin Volans’ music. She will be recording with Waldo Alexander (violin and viola) and will be doing the following works: Piano Etude 9, Violin:piano, Viola:piano and Passi Leggiere for solo violin. Kevin wrote the 9th Etude for Jill and Violin:piano for herself and Waldo.
While Jill is in Berlin, she will be doing a concert with Joke Lanz (turntables) at 21:00 on 4 November at the N.K. project, Elsenstr. 52, 12059, Berlin. For further details, you are welcome to contact Jill at jillyrichards [at] gmail [dot] com.
IEM Music Residency Program 2015 - Call for Applications
The Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) in Graz, Austria is happy to announce its new Music Residency program and invites applications from composers/sound artists for the 2015 edition.
The Residency is aimed at individuals wishing to pursue projects in performance, composition, installation and sound art, development of tools for art production and related areas. Please see full information.
Download an application form here.
Feel free to contact residency [at] iem [dot] at if you have any questions.
HIV/AIDS Symphony Fundraiser
Keith Moss is conducting a new contract orchestra for the HIV/AIDS Symphony Fundraiser. Included in the programme is "About Nothing" by Peter Louis van Dijk for a large orchestra of 87 musicians.
Further information can be obtained from the following:
29 November – Gala concert in aid of the HIV Clinicians Society.
30 November – is open to the general public. Please visit website.
Look out for some Paz Consort events where we premiere only South African composed pieces. For more information, please email Keith Moss at keith [at] keithmoss [dot] co [dot] za.
The Sixth International Composition Competition, Molinari Quartet
This is the Molinari Quartet’s sixth international competition for composition for young composers. Please click on the link for details.
New Music World
For New Music World members, EMF Subscribers, and EMS members :
A few words about professional opportunities.
We've created a special page on the New Music World website, for professional opportunities such as fellowships, grants, jobs, and calls for works.
A few immediate notifications:
• Balance-Unbalance, an international conference for art and the environment, calls for proposals. The next conference, in March 2015, will be at Arizona State University.
• American Academy in Rome invites you to apply for The Rome Prize, a year's residence in Rome.
• The Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music invites new works for piano.
• University of California, Irvine, is looking to fill a faculty position.
There's more information on the webpage.
And there are more opportunities than we're mentioning here. Please check the Professional Opportunities page every week.
Find the page on the New Music World site:
• Select Members in the Articles menu in the menu bar at the top of every page in the site. Choose Professional Opportunities.
• Select the Events Calendar page in the Calendar menu bar at the top of every page in the site. Look at the Find Things menu in the sidebar and click on the link for Professional Opportunities.
While you're at it, check the Notices page.
These pages are and will be available all the time to anyone with professional interests.
Please note this for the future.
We'll send email notices to New Music World Professional members and EMF Subscribers as alerts for specific opportunities.
2nd sound-art miniatures contest on “art! ⋈ climate”
The Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre (CEIArtE) of the National University of Tres de Febrero - Argentina, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), with support of the Balance-Unbalance international project, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Concordia University - Canada, calls for participation in the 2nd international competition “art! ⋈ climate” for the creation of sound-art miniatures related to climate change consequences and the global environmental crisis.
Categories (A) “Sea Level Rise”; (B) “Zero poverty. Zero emissions. Within a generation”.
Even if the final deadline to submit a sound-art miniature for this contest is 1 February 2015, among the submissions received by midnight 16 November 2014 - Buenos Aires time, two pieces (one from each category) will be selected and then announced and shared on 7 December, in the context of the upcoming UN Climate Conference (UNFCCC COP, Lima, Peru), during the Development and Climate Days event.
Detailed information is available on website.
To submit a sound miniature, visit website.
Music and Landscape
You are kindly invited to attend a third concert event that explores music in relation to landscape. (For more details see press release.) With this event the centuries-long justice/ injustice of the South African embodied landscape is framed through decolonialial aestheSis. Latin American thought on decoloniality (and Walter Mignolo’s contributions in particular) is taken to a conventional concert stage (of Western art music) in order to sound tension, and thus engage in decolonial ‘border thinking’, but also ‘border dwelling’. The latter will be enacted through a ritual of listening to archival recordings of the repertoire that we then perform live.
Marietjie Pauw (and all performers and organisers of this event) look forward to seeing you at the event in the Fismer Hall, Stellenbosch on Tuesday 9 December 2014, 6pm that evening. Entrance is free and no bookings are required.
A note about membership of NewMusicSA: we have many members listed, but many of these have lapsed since renewal in March of this year (or earlier). If you would like to renew your membership for this year, please visit the website and see 'membership' at top left. Anyone of these lapsed members who does not renew by March next year will sadly no longer be listed as a member - it would be a pity to see you go! Do contact me if you have any queries.