Unyazi 2012

  • 12 – 15 September
  • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Curator
    Jürgen Bräuninger
    brauning [at] ukzn [dot] ac [dot] za
  • Organising Committee Member
    Cameron Harris
    cameronharris [at] newmusicsa [dot] org [dot] za
  • Organising Committee Member
    Fiona Tozer
    fionatozer [at] newmusicsa [dot] org [dot] za

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.

NewMusicSA also presents regular New Music Indaba festivals, these festivals complement the Unyazi series of festivals and have more of an acoustic focus. In 2010 NewMusicSA presented a smaller electronic music festival, the eMusic Indaba, in Durban. The details of all of these festivals can be found in the Events section of our website.

Unyazi 3 will be a multi-city festival in keeping with NewMusicSA’s role as a national organization. The core of the festival will take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and will be hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Arts: Music, Howard College Campus. Concerts will also take place in Gauteng Province and at the University of the North West in Potchefstroom.

Unyazi 3 is curated by Jürgen Bräuninger of UKZN. Hans Tammen – Endangered Guitar and Die Schrauber (Mexico, USA, Germany) have been invited to take a lead role in the festival, as have other leading international artists in the field including Lukas Ligeti (Austria/USA), Carl Stone (USA/Japan), the Hadron Ensemble (Switzerland) and Darragh Morgan (Ireland). South African artists who will participate in the festival include Warrick Sony, into, Cameron Harris (UK/South Africa), Jill Richards, Aragorn, and João Orecchia, among others.

As in the past years, bursaries will be available for young local electronic musicians to attend the festival and benefit from the workshops, concerts and from meeting fellow musicians.

The Unyazi series of festivals also includes a symposium element, comprising presentations/talks, lectures and lecture-demonstrations. The musical creations and talks/workshops will be very educational ear-openers and will broaden the acoustic horizons of local practitioners and students as well as the general audience. Concert audiences and local electroacoustic performers/composers will be exposed to current global developments in electronic music. Local composers will be encouraged to create works for what is essentially an international platform.

Previously disadvantaged composers and electronic musicians of various stylistic and cultural backgrounds will share ideas and establish bonds through their common workshop experiences with relation to electronic composition and performance. The skills honed at the workshops, together with the increased experience of a broader musical repertoire, will help the participants to realize their full potential and enrich the local music communities.

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