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.
Our bi-annual Unyazi Festival electrified the Wits University Campus in Johannesburg from the evening of 9 September to 13 September. The festival focused on electro-acoustic music, in collaboration with two composers from Japan: Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Tomoko Momiyama. The Festival was successfully organised and curated by Cameron Harris, with co-curator Carl Stone. Below is a very brief synopsis of the event.
Many concerts were given, demonstrating the wide range of possibilities of using electronics with acoustic instruments, including Jonathan Crossley’s ‘cyber guitar’ and Kazuhisa Uchihashi’s ‘Daxophone’. A concert given at the Goethe Institute featured the South African New Music Ensemble playing a wide range of new music, including the first performance of Maxim Starcke’s Stroompie: Continuo which was commissioned by NewMusic SA earlier this year.
Lukas Ligeti presented his sound installation, O jogo insondável, which used field recordings of soccer games from various countries as its sound source.
In addition, there were workshops and demos given through the day: Cameron Harris presented two workshops on Max/MSP for interest to those wishing to create custom designed synthesiser-like patches on their lap-tops; Ravish Momin showed how he uses Ableton software to process sounds derived from his drum-kit; talks were given by both Alfred Harth and Tomoko Momiyama about their work and Kazuhisa Uchihashi demonstrated his use of the Daxophone, a newly invented instrument that can be hit to produce percussive sounds, or bowed.
There was also a Listening Room that presented recordings of electronic music from South East Asia and South Africa, this being curated by Carl Stone.
As can be seen, there was much to do and much to hear, and there was something for every musician/composer interested in new developments in music.
NWU School of Music
The School of Music at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) is doing amazing things for new music! If you are looking for postgraduate options, they are currently taking applications. See poster for details (apologies that this newsletter is too late for the open day).
You may already know that NewMusicSA is the South African section of the ISCM. For those of you interested in the ISCM activities, a booklet of the ISCM General Assembly can be seen at http://1drv.ms/1onN1SE. We would also like to thank everyone who submitted a piece for the World New Music Days Festival.
Twentieth Century Violin Concertante
Tobias Broeker wishes to share his e-book: "The 20th Century Violin Concertante" (ISBN 978-3-00-047105-6). He says that this book is the most comprehensive guide to the repertoire world-wide and contains more than 12,000 compositions on nearly 2,300 pages. The e-book is available free of charge at his website: www.tobias-broeker.de.
Mollo Mollo Hosts Intuitions and Reincarnations
This forms part of the Cool Capital Biennial which takes place on 4 October, 19:00 to 20:00.
The classical guitarist, André van Rensburg and pianist Franco Prinsloo will perform Intuitions and Reincarnations, a piece written by Franco Prinsloo for piano, slow motion piano track, classical guitar and shakuhatchi. A short Intuition is performed on the piano and recorded live during the performance. A stretched (11.75 x) version is played back immediately and forms the basis for the Reincarnation - a classical guitar and shauhatchi improvisation. An original video installation work will accompany the music. Prinsloo will also perform on an instrument of his own creation, the Xenophone (a bowed metal instrument).
The perfomance takes place on the rooftop of the Bank Towers Building in the Pretoria CBD.
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Tickets are available from iTicket.
Tickets will be sold at the door.
Please bring your own drinks, glasses and chairs.
Performance starts at 19:00 for 20:00
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