October Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to the October Newsletter. In this issue, we have the latest news about the ISCM World Music Days, 2016, news from the Visby Composer’s Residency, some SA events news, information about new CD releases, as well as further opportunities for composers.

Do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.

But firstly:


Student Solidarity

The board of NMSA wishes to express solidarity with South African students in their ongoing struggle for equal access to education and restorative justice in South Africa. We recognise the urgent necessity for economic equality as well as aesthetic and epistemological transformation, and salutes the Class of 2015 for their unstinting courage and willingness to stand for a South Africa committed to practicing transformation marked by a steadfast rejection of structural exploitation through neo-liberal capitalism, colonialism, socio-economic inequality, racism and gender discrimination. Aluta Continua.


ISCM World Music Days 2016

Congratulations to Roché van Tiddens for having his piece Praying Mantis III elected for performance at the 2016 ISCM World Music Days in Seoul, South Korea.

Roché was born 1990; he composed his first classical work at the age of 22 under the tutelage of Hans Roosenschoon, although he started writing light music at the age of 16 with a protest song against child soldiers in Africa. He was awarded the Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Scholarship for composition in 2014 and 2015. He is currently enrolled as a Masters in Composition student at Stellenbosch University and is researching the spectral music scene in South Africa. In 2015, Roché had composition master-classes with Martijn Padding from the Netherlands. Roché has a fascination for nature and the sounds that occur in the African ‘bushveld’ and enjoys making field recordings for musical inspiration using spectral analysis as a composition technique.

Roché has the following to say about his selected work: The first Praying Mantis was written for 2 Guitars, 2 Harps and Live Electronics, and the second for Symphonic Wind Band, both having been performed in 2015 in Stellenbosch. The bushmen people who lived in the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, when rock painting, would pass through different stages leading towards a transcendental state. The praying mantis was one creature that was painted as it took on one of the forms of the Kaggen, their god. The concept behind the composition is to take the listener through various dimensions of sound by allowing foreground material to become sub-consciously noted as new material takes over.


Visby Composer’s Residency

Samora Ntsebeza has just returned from a composer’s residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers, which was held from 22 September to 21 October. During the residency, Ntsebeza and Pierre-Henri Wicomb (who was also selected for the residency) had works performed in Stockholm and Visby by Ivo Nilsson and Jonny Axelsson and met with other composers in Stockholm.

The fully-sponsored residency programme was generously made possible by the SAMRO Foundation and the Swedish Arts Grant Committee. NMSA would also like to extend a word of thanks to Sten Melin, the director of VICC, for making two slots available for the composers and providing them with accommodation during their stay. Melin was also instrumental in organising the concerts and composers’ meeting for Wicomb and Ntsebeza. NSMA would also like to thank the Sterkfontein Composers Meeting for fostering the relationship between NMSA and VICC.


SA Performances

Afrikaans Art Song Recital by Henriet Fourie, soprano (Chicago, USA) and Benjamin Fourie, piano.

On December 13 at 16:00, soprano Henriet Fourie from Chicago, USA and South African pianist Benjamin Fourie will perform an Afrikaans Art Song Recital at MOOIBLY, auditorium and residence of Albrecht Holm, at Hartebeespoort Dam (west of Pretoria, GPS data: S 25dgrs 46,078' E 27dgrs 55,924').

The programme consists of songs by Arnold van Wyk, S. le Roux Marais and Cromwell Everson (composer of the first opera in Afrikaans, Klutaimnestra), as well as two South African premieres of cycles by Dirk de Klerk - Vlugge Ewigheid (Fleeting Eternity), on poems by older poets such as WEG Louw, ID du Plessis and Elisabeth Eybers – and Etienne van Rensburg - Blou Orkaan (Blue Hurricane) W44/97 on seven poems by Benjamin Fourie.

See poster for more information. Please note that admission is R100 and R80 for pensioners. Reservations by SMS confirmation are to be sent to 082 821 6390.


New CD Releases

1.    Cara Stacey has released a CD, Things That Grow, at Vortex in London on 11 September.

2.    Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander have released a CD of music by Kevin Volans. Please visit website for a review.


Opportunities for Composers

1.    Association Nathalie organises for 2015 the 2nd Composition competition "De Bach Au Jazz".

Lilia Boyadjieva, a pianist, has asked for the information below to be distributed to all their relations, friends and/or professional circles.

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2015;

No age limit;

Categories: Contemporary and Jazz;

Compositions up to 10 minutes for piano solo.

This competition follows the first De Bach Au Jazz 2013 competition for piano that had a great success with participants from 23 countries - see the videos on the competition's site: www.concours-piano-debachaujazz.com. This site also gives all the necessary details of the cometition.

In order to preserve the "De Bach au Jazz" concept we have established two composition categories - contemporary music and jazz.

2.    Sorodha Competition

Sorodha — the Société Royale d’Harmonie — is glad to draw your attention to the fifth edition of its annual composition competition.

This year, they welcome compositions for string quartet. The submission deadline is Monday 29th of February 2016, and the entry fee is € 10,00.

The jury will select five works, which will be performed at a public concert on Saturday 23nd of April 2016 by the Tana String Quartet, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00). The Tana String Quartet will perform the winning piece again at the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence on the 20th of July, 2016. You can find all information on the Sorodha website.

3.    International Composition Competition “City of Udine”

Notice is given of the participation of the eleventh edition of the international competition of composition "City of Udine" (2015/2016). The rules, conditions and registration form and other information are available on the website.


SA Premiere Performances (Reminders)

1.    The Kayser String Quartet has the second of two events coming soon that feature a String Quartet by David Kosviner, titled Zorniger Frieden, (written in 2008) which will receive its second performance.

Tuesday 10  November, 19:30, Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Rd, Durban.

2.    Sunday 22 November, 11 a.m., 7 Congo Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, (Entrance on Gambia Road). Pianist Bobby Mitchell (USA) will perform works by Martin Scherzinger, Frederic Rzewski and Joseph Haydn at this house concert, hosted by local pianist, Malcolm Nay.


Reminder of South African Events

Thanks to Young Blood Gallery for the space and opportunity to further performances and experimentation, and the dates they made available for this. The next Purpur Labs will happen on Wednesday November the 18th 2015 at the Young Blood Gallery.


Reminders for Call for Scores

1.    VdG Call for Scores, 2015

VdG calls composers of all ages and nationality to their call for scores for New Works for Viola da Gamba (Viol) & Piano.

Their mission is to create new landscapes for the viola da gamba through performances, recordings, and workshops.

The 2013 VdG Call for Scores: Unaccompanied Viol garnered attention from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Norway, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong-China, and Australia.

For details of the 2015 call, please visit http://www.vdgscores.com/Home.html.

2.    Risuonanze 2016

Associazione Culturale TKE is calling for pieces to be performed at the “Risuonanze 2016 - incontri di nuove musiche” Festival, which will take place early June, 2016, in Friuli Venezia Giulia region – Italy. The Call is open to composers of any nationality and age; its deadline is February 22, 2016. Please see poster for full details.

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