The New Music Indaba this year will continue the tradition of introducing new works by a diverse range of composers to life on stage with the help of the South African New Music Ensemble (SANME) under the direction of Robert Fokkens, the Odeion School of Music Camerata (OSCM) under the direction of Xavier Cloete, the Choir of Christ Church Arcadia under the direction of George King and the Odeion Vocal Consort under the direction of Lance Phillip. It will also feature works by leading figures such as Robert Fokkens, Kevin Volans and Hendrik Hofmeyr, to name but a few. At the same time there will be an exciting range of workshops and lectures offered, as well as a roundtable discussion of the current state of new music in South Africa.
The event will feature a wide range of workshops, talks and roundtables, and will conclude with a choral mass at the Bloemfontein Anglican Cathedral featuring an "Agnus Dei" written by George T. King.
All of us at NewMusicSA hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year will be ever more fruitful in all your projects, whether you are a performer or a composer, or simply interested in what is happening with new music in South Africa.
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The excitement of the Unyazi days are now over, but NewMusicSA is already starting to plan ahead for next year’s Indaba. Details will follow in future issues, so do watch this space.
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Please note a change in the book launch programme for Nagmusiek. The Johannesburg launch has been postponed until further notice. We hope to see you in Stellenbosch, Cape Town or Pretoria.
Book Launch and Performance
Stellenbosch The book will launch in conjunction with a special performance of Arnold van Wyk’s Nagmusiek by Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Stephanus Muller will be in conversation with Professor Lou-Marie Kruger.
The month of May is behind us. Over the past month we have had the premiere of Madiba The African Opera and the passing of the great composer, Stefans Grové. We also have some great shows coming up in June.
Please be reminded that NMSA operates on a membership basis. The funds we get from your membership allow us to promote New Music in SA, bringing you the best new compositions, festivals and publications. We would like to send a call out for all existing members to please renew their memberships and we invite all others to join. We rely on your support to in turn support New Music in SA. Membership forms can be found here.
Unyazi IV (2014) — part of the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa festival — focuses on interaction between South African musicians/composers and those from Asia including Tomoko Momiyama (Japan), Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Japan), Alfred Harth (South Korea/Germany), Carl Stone (Japan/US). Also performing are Ravish Momin (US) and Lukas Ligeti (Austria/US). South African artists who will be participating in the festival include Frank Mallows and Brydon Bolton. The South African New Music Ensemble will also perform at the festival.
Tomoko Momiyama arrived in Johannesburg on August 25th, and is currently collaborating intensively with South African artists to produce a new piece of work specifically linked to the experience of her time in the city. The work will be the result of Momiyama’s wide experience and study of culture, environment and human psychology.