September Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to the September Newsletter. In this issue, we have the latest news about the ISCM World Music Days, 2015, news about The Piece Fund, some events news 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.


ISCM World Music Days 2015

The ISCM World Music Days organizers in Slovenia will handle all practical matters regarding this year’s festival. The entire program can be found on the festival website.

Also, please see the meeting booklet for the General Assembly 2015, containing more detailed information on each Agenda item.


The Piece Fund (Reminder)

Recognising the growing demand to commission composers, Mareli Stolp has decided to take matters into her own hands. The Piece Fund is an initiative that aims to use crowd-sourced funding to commission new works. The idea is that the community comes together so that each makes a small contribution towards a commission. These would add up to an amount substantial enough to commission a new composition. The first work that The Piece Fund has commissioned is the Johannesburg Etude no. 2 by Clare Loveday. Visit this link to contribute to the fund:

Also, please Like and share their Facebook page:


SA Premiere Performances

1.    The Kayser String Quartet has two events coming soon that will feature a String Quartet, titled Zorniger Frieden, (written in 2008) which will receive its first two performances.

Sunday 11 October, 11 a.m., at the Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, (Chief Albert Luthuli Rd, opposite City Hall).

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.


NMSA Member Performances

NMSA member, Malcolm Dedman, (please forgive me blowing my own trumpet here!) will have two events containing his music, both overseas:

1.    30 October in University of Seoul, South Korea; the second performance of his Impromptu for solo cello will be given.

2.    14 November, in Skopje, Macedonia: a complete concert will be devoted to his music which will be given by Ensemble ConTempora. The event is to be called ‘Sounds of Spirit’. Included will be: Transmutations for flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano; Three Human Attributes for piano duet; String Quartet No. 2 – Five Aspects of Spirit; Elegy for the Casualties of War for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano; and Duo Concertante, for vibraphone and marimba solos with String Quintet. Most will receive their World Premieres, with the exception of the Elegy which received its first performance in Chicago in 2012 and was performed a second time during this year’s Indaba.


Sterkfontein Composers Meeting

The 2015 meeting held in April saw the creation of three new pieces for trombone and percussion by participants Samora Ntsebeza, Pierre-Henri Wicomb and Lloyd Prince. These will be premiered in Stockholm on 8 October, together with Michael Blake's new piece for the duo. The works will be performed again in Visby on 10 October, where three of the composers (Ntsebeza, Wicomb and Blake) will be in residence at the Visby International Composers Centre. Ntsebeza and Wicomb are at the VICC as part of a joint strategy between NewMusicSA (the SA ISCM Section) and the Sterkfontein Composers Meeting.


Reminder of South African Events

PURPUR Lab Call: After a successful first Purpur Festival, the idea was proposed to have something similar on a more regular basis. But not wanting to compete or take away from the festival, smaller events were decided upon to keep the transgressive momentum going. These ‘concerts’ will fall under the Purpur brand of transgressive arts, but will be called Purpur Lab and happen around every 3 months. Purpur Lab events will be about 2 hours long, starting at 18h00 and give the opportunity for artists, composers, performers, etc. to have a space to perform, discuss, present, collaborate or improvise in (a slot can be anything from approx. 5-15 min.). The application process will take on the same form as with the Purpur Festival and artists should apply with a proposal.

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.

The application deadline is fast approaching – 20 October.

Please send proposals to michael [at] michaelblake [dot] co [dot] za and walbertyn [at] hotmail [dot] com, consisting of a paragraph/s of what you are planning, the amount of people involved, equipment or instruments that will be used and the duration of the work.


Calls for Scores

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


Reminders for Call for Scores

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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