An exchange programme between VICC and NewMusicSA that sends two South African composers to Sweden for a month. It was initiated jointly by both organisations in December 2006 and provides two residencies a year at VICC, situated in the medieval town of Visby, which is the capital of the Swedish island of Gotland. The residencies include free accommodation per composer and free use of a well-equipped music studio — one studio per composer — for up to four weeks. To apply for 2015 click here.
Welcome to our February Newsletter. In this issue, we have two exciting announcements: the first is a Call for Contributions for our biennial Unyazi Festival in July; the second is a Call for Proposals for our Soundings project. We also have information about membership of NewMusicSA, news of upcoming concerts, several opportunities 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. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.
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.
I would like to thank everyone who has sent me information and snippets for this newsletter. Do please keep them coming – composer opportunities, concert/festival events, courses, residencies or any other relevant information – by sending me an email to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com. In the meantime, here are a few newsworthy items.
June has been a busy month at NewMusicSA. With this months newsletter we would like to take the oppertunity to extend two calls to you. The first is for the 2015 Visby residencies and the second is for the Growing Composers Workshop that will take place at Unyazi this year. Please note that the deadline for applications for both these calls is Friday 1 August 2014.
MusicNow aims to provide a dynamic focal point in the city of Johannesburg for music, regardless of style, that is challenging and pushes creative boundaries. The choice of venue reflects our view that experimental music must not be confined to traditional performance situations, which often suffer from small and exclusive audiences. The events presented will in many ways resemble a club experience where people come to participate and explore rather than passively absorb music.
The project invites composers to transcribe one of Nofinishi Dywili's performances of a traditional uhadi bow song, arrange it for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, and compose a paraphrase or reimagining of the music for string quartet alone. In concert the transcription is preceded by the original song performed by the legendary bow player and singer Madosini, and followed by the paraphrase.