Welcome to our June Newsletter. In this issue, we have news of our forthcoming Unyazi Festival; news of our Bulletin; further news of our YouTube video channel; members’ news; a new opportunity for composers as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.
As always, do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events in or after August. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.
From 14-17 July, the 2016 Unyazi electronic music festival will bring together a diverse cast of composers, performers and mixed-media artists for 4 days of cutting-edge concerts. The festival will present 4 evening concerts and 2 lunch hour concerts, alongside workshops and talks.
Tickets are priced at R30 for students and pensioners, R50 for anyone else (per concert). NewMusicSA members get in free (meaning you can save R100 on concerts by becoming a member! Sign up here.
Concerts will take place at the South African College of Music, UCT, with one concert at Youngbloods Gallery on Saturday 16 July.
For more info, see our website's event page.
Keep an eye on our Facebook event page as well.
Many thanks to Paul Brothner Music for their generous sponsorship of equipment and expertise, and the SAMRO Foundation and National Lotteries Commission for their financial support.
Members will be pleased to hear that our Bulletin is now back on track. Two issues are planned for 2016 with the first one in preparation, which is planned to be distributed during July. We will keep you informed of progress.
Performance Videos on YouTube
The latest video to appear on our YouTube video channel, since the last newsletter was issued, is: a collaborative performance, an improvisation between Lukas Ligeti on drum-kit, Mpho Molikeng on various traditional instruments and Kathleen Tagg on piano.
Do visit this site and enjoy!
News from Michael Blake
Christo Doherty and Aryan Kaganof’s 18-minute film Lamentation looks at the traumatic memory of an illegal war in which hundreds of thousands of young white South Africans were forced to participate. Generations of men and women on both sides of the conflict were left traumatised. The film includes a musical score by leading South African composer Michael Blake, set against disconcerting and sometimes shocking images from the war. The pieces used are: Tombeau de Mosoeu Moerane (played complete) - plus an extract from his first quartet.
Click link for more information.
News for Dominic Daula
The pianist Dominic Daula is curating a concert of Alan Bush's compositions on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at the Chisholm Recital Room, South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, starting at 18:00. Admission is free. The concert is being called ‘The Aristocratic Rebel’.
The programme includes the following works:
Sonata No. 3 in G (Mixolydian) for piano, Op. 113 (1986) - First performance in the southern hemisphere;
Quintet for Piano and String Quartet, Op. 104 (1984) - First performance in the southern hemisphere;
Three African Sketches for flute and piano, Op. 55 (1960);
Northumbrian Impressions, a suite for oboe with piano accompaniment, Op. 42a (1953);
Duo sonatina for recorders and piano, op.82 (1975);
Sonata No. 4 for piano, Op. 119 (1987) - First performance in the southern hemisphere.
As a research-based aside, Dominic is also due to deliver a conference paper titled 'Alan Bush and his musical contribution to the anti-apartheid movement' at the Tenth congress of the South African Society for Research in Music, which will take place on Saturday 27 August at the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State. A section of the paper will also discuss Bush's theory of total thematisation, first articulated at length in an article by Ronald Stevenson, published in 1964.
For further information, please contact Dominic on dominic [dot] daula [at] gmail [dot] com.
16 September 2016: The String Quartet No. 2, Rosendorf of 1996, by Noam Sheriff will be performed by the Kayser Quartet at the Howard College Theatre, Howard College Campus, UKZN, Durban.
8th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Contest.
The finale of the 8th Dutilleux Contest will close the centennial-year of Henri Dutilleux's birth.
This great composer accompanied this contest’s activity over 20 years. He devoted his life to composing masterful works which now take part in the music legacy but also worked on promoting other composers’ works. This tremendous generosity is a wonderful heritage. We want to “keep promoting modern music” as wished by Henri Dutilleux!
935 composers competing from 58 countries, 7 finales. Over 100 creations from opera to piano thanks to numerous orders. More than 250 concerts or performances. 550 spectators for the 7th contest finale. Over 100 000 € of works orders. Over 80 000 € of prizes awarded.
You will find every piece of information you may need on the Dutilleux Contest website. Note that there is a no-age-limit policy for this contest.
Reminders of Call for Scores
1. Call for Scores: Stefans Grové National Composition Competition
Deadline: 15 July 2016
Winners will be announced in the press during August 2016.
2. Launch of the Nuovo Orfeo International Composition Competition City of Padua
To mark the 50th anniversary of its foundation, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto is launching an international competition for chamber orchestra composition. The competition is open to composers aged under 35 on 22 October 2016.
For full information in Italian and English, see poster. The closing date for submissions is 23 July.