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.
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.
Our first financial month for the 2014/ 2015 year is behind us and things are looking very exciting! Our plans for Unyazi 2014 are coming into focus. To be held in Jo'burg from 10- 13 September, the festival will prove to be (excuse the pun) electrifying! March has also seen some exciting events such as a composition workshop we held in Stellenbosch and a plethora of cutting edge concerts.
NewMusicSA, the South African Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music, will present the latest edition of the international Unyazi Electronic Music Festival between 12 – 15th September 2012. Meaning ‘Lightning’ in the Zulu language, the previous Unyazi festivals in 2005 and 2008 were extremely successful events involving participation by some of the most highly regarded international artists currently working in the field and also providing a platform for South Africa’s flourishing community of electronic composers.
Contains Christine Lucia’s critical overviews of the careers of Kevin Volans and the late Joshua Mohapeloa; an article by Mokale Koapeng’s on placing and appreciating Michael Moerane in a divided compositional landscape; an interview with Hannes Taljaard by Janelize van der Merwe, broaching translating conceptual frameworks into perceptual phenomena through composition; a review of Stephanus Muller and Chris Walton’s A Composer in Africa; an article by Cameron Harris entitled ‘The art of sound’, tackling the issue of the increasingly blurred lines between composition and sound art; a report on Unyazi 2 (2008) by James Webb; Jaco Meyer’s report on the 2009 New Music Indaba; Fiona Tozer’s account of her residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden; and a new works list and a news section, the latter containing obituaries for two important figures in the New Music scene who passed away in 2010: Surendran Reddy and Dr Noluthando Mavis Mpola.
NewMusicSA is pleased to present the Unyazi Electronic Music Symposium and Festival 2005, Africa's first electronic music festival and conference. The ground-breaking four-day event aims to promote a dialogue concerning electroacoustic music in the southern hemisphere, between composers, performers, and musicologists from South Africa and the rest of the world. It is time to celebrate electronic music in Africa, and South Africa can play a leading role in doing so. South African society has a rich, multicultural heritage, and we can therefore strive to create electronic music that is uniquely African.