Welcome to our July Newsletter. In this issue, we have general news items, including news of our Soundings Project; further news of our YouTube video channel; new composers’ opportunities; reminder of members’ news 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 at malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.
News of our Soundings Project
Pianist Liza Joubert and film artist/director Pluto Panoussis present Arnold van Wyk's iconic piece for solo piano, Nagmusiek, to a contemporary audience with a live performance of the work, augmented by a series of visual tone poems, closely matched to the music, to be screened as accompaniment to the live music played by Liza Joubert. A short pre-concert talk/discussion will provide the audience with the appropriate tools to access both the music and the visuals. Original film footage and animations will be created by the 2016 Honours group at the Open Window School of Film Arts under the direction of Pluto Panoussis.
Performance Details: Friday 19 August, 7pm at the Sax Arena, Open Window Campus, Southdowns, Centurion. Tickets: R50 at the door. For bookings/information, contact Liza Joubert: //floralisa14 [at] gmail [dot] com/0828223332" target="_blank">floralisa14 [at] gmail [dot] com/0828223332.
Pianist LIZA JOUBERT was the first resident accompanist at the Beau Soleil Music Centre in Cape Town. She has been involved in many varied musical projects, ranging from organising and playing in a series of solo and chamber music concerts in the historic 1802 Clementi piano in Bertram House in Cape Town to collaborating with pianist Jill Richards on five performances of Stockhausen's MANTRA. She has played ragtime in France and Switzerland and South African piano music in the Czech Republic. She was the accompanist at the Drakensberg Boys Choir from 2011 to 2014 before relocating to the Western Cape.
During the course of his career, PLUTO PANOUSSIS has been a designer, an illustrator, a writer, an architect, and the designer of a number of award-winning projects, which span a range of media, including film, television and the stage. In 2012 he launched the Open Window Creative Hub - a postgraduate design and media laboratory. Currently he is head of the Film Arts Department at the Open Window School of Visual Communication. iMPAC (the Initiative for Media Productions within the African Continent), founded by him in 2009, is the latest initiative in his ongoing commitment towards fostering a culture of exploration in the visual arts.
This year’s Unyazi Festival, held in the University of Cape Town earlier this month, was a great success, thanks to the Curator, William Fourie. A full report will follow later.
Performance Videos on YouTube
The latest videos to appear on our YouTube video channel, since the last newsletter was issued, are: Elegy for the Casualties of War for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Malcolm Dedman; and Amorphic Counsel by Robert Fokkens.
Thanks to Douglas Scott for uploading these videos. Do visit this site and enjoy!
1. Composers’ Association of Serbia
The Composers’ Association of Serbia is organising a Call for Scores, deadline 20 October. Submission is free and anonymity is not required. Please download here for full details.
2. Call for Scores: ViolOpera
ViolOpera has an ongoing Call for Scores for new compositions to be performed during the 2nd event of INTRECCI DI ‘900: 23TH SEPTEMBER 2016, “L. BAILO MUSEUM” OF TREVISO.
3. Piano Scores wanted
Dr Liezl-Marét Jacobs would like to see piano scores suitable for eisteddfods and competitions. Please see her letter to composers for more information.
4. Call for Scores - Mise-En Music Festival 2017
The guidelines for the submissions:
1. Applicants may be of any nationality and age.
2. Selected composers must be present at the festival (June 20-25, 2017) in New York City.
3. You may only send one piece per category. Please note that multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted as a separate entity.
CATEGORIES (Click one to apply)
1. Mixed ensemble (2-18 instruments with/without electronics/tape)
2. Solo instrument (with/without electronics/tape)
3. Tape/electronics/computer music
4. Miniatures (less than 3 minutes) for solo or mixed ensemble (1-18 musicians)
Deadline: September 15, 2016 (EST 11:59PM)
Visit ensemble mise-en for further information.
News from Franco Prinsloo
Download here for information.
Reminder of Members’ News
1. 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, 10:45 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.
2. Performance News from Géza Kayser
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.
Reminders of Call for Scores
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. Also, submissions must be sent by 15 November 2016, latest.