January Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to our January Newsletter. We hope you all had a great Christmas Season and wish you a happy and prosperous 2016. In this issue, we have news of an upcoming concert, album releases, a request for collaboration, news from SASRIM, new opportunities for composers as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.

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.


Starcke + Skillen, FORGERY album and Shapeshifter

FORGERY, a live album recorded by Maxim Starcke and Ronan Skillen and released in 2013, is now available as a digital download:


Limited edition CDs can also be ordered.

The FORGERY album consists of an improvised performance recorded live at The Forge in Kalk Bay incorporating aspects of chamber music, experimental jazz, soundscape composition, electronic music, field recordings, live sampling and instrumentation from around the world. Recently their style has been referred to as ‘otherworld music’.

SHAPESHIFTER (Maxim Starcke + Ronan Skillen + Tom Glenn)

This week Starcke and Skillen will be performing at Straight No Chaser in Cape Town on Thursday 28th January, featuring VJ Tom Glenn. They will be exploring new sounds from their upcoming 2nd - and studio album SHAPESHIFTER which is to be released later in 2016.

Straight No Chaser Club, 79 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.

Thursday 28 January

2 sets: 20:00 + 22:00 / R80 per set, R120 for both.

Bookings essential: 076 679 2697

Maxim Starcke - electric guitar / soprano saxophone / electronics / field recordings / soundscape compositions

Ronan Skillen - tabla / hybrid percussion kit / cymbals / slide didgeridoo / kitchi gbo / udu / water gongs / bells / thunder sheet

Tom Glenn - visual projections (VJ)


New Music Album

On 14 November 2015, composer Malcolm Dedman had a concert devoted to his music, performed by Ensemble ConTempora in Skopje, Macedonia. The performance tracks are now available on CD Baby. The track listing is as follows:

1.    Transmutations for flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano

2.    Three Human Attributes for piano duet

3.    String Quartet No. 2 – Five Aspects of Spirit

4.    Elegy for the Casualties of War for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano

5.    Duo Concertante for vibraphone and marimba soloists and string quintet.

Tracks may be downloaded individually, or as a complete album. Please email malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com if you require further information.


Request for Collaboration

Nkosana Mpofu describes himself as a ‘praise poet’ and has pieces that nicely lend themselves to music. He needs an individual or individuals to work with him in this regard, and is asking if anyone can either help him or point him in the right direction. He has had two of his pieces done by westerners and they have that Eurocentric feel but he would love the African touch. Please contact him on nkosanampofu [at] googlemail [dot] com.


News from SASRIM

SASRIM is very excited to announce that composer Kevin Volans will present seminars and workshops at its Composer’s Meeting in Bloemfontein this year, which will be held at the UFS from 25-27 August.

See brochure for Call for Scores. Please note that the deadline for entries is 30 May 2016.


New Opportunities for Composers

1.    The 7th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition will be held at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic from July 24 - August 1, 2016. This competition was founded in order to extol the great accomplishments of the composer Antonín Dvořák, and to discover and raise-up young, talented composers who can carry on the historical musical legacy. The composition committee intends to support the selected composers’ continued development by providing composition commissions, as well as recording and performance opportunities. For more detailed information regarding the competition please refer to the competition homepage.

1st Round : Application Deadline. April 1, 2016

2nd Round : July 24 – August 1, 2016

2.    “...a Camillo Togni” International Composers Competition, 8th edition

Please visit website for further information. The competition rules are available here.

Note that the deadline for submission is 20th June 2016.

3.    The Italian Percussive Arts Society is holding a competition for composers of percussion instruments. There are no age limitations. The categories are:

A - ONE Percussionist -
B - DUO Percussion and piano
C - ONE Percussionist and orchestra
D - from DUO to SEXTET (only percussion)
E - from DUO to SEXTET (+ other instruments )

Please visit website for more information.


Reminder of CD Release

Waldo Alexander and Jill Richards play music by Kevin Volans on this new CD. The track listing is:

I      violin:piano                                                                            2009    25:01

II     Etude 9 (Eight Bells for Mary) for piano with ring modulation     2009    20:20

III    viola:piano                                                                              2009    20:11

IV    Passi leggier for solo violin                                                                2003    7:47

Information as to where to obtain a copy, either download or CD, can be seen at:


Further links are:

Kevin discussing the new album;

Link to iTunes;

Link to Spotify;

Review for the album;

Link to the shop at the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.


Reminders of Call for Scores

1.    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 their site.

2.    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. Note, Deadline for submission is 31 March 2016.

3.    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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