Membership renewal update
The board of NewMusicSA are exploring some opportunities to bring South African new music to new frontiers. As part of this process we have decided to place a hold on membership renewals, keeping all current memberships active for a further two months. Stay tuned for updates.
At the same time, we always welcome active participation from members and other interested parties, so please never hesitate to contact us with news, requests for, or offers of assistance.
Request for bulletin copies/scans
We would greatly appreciate it if anyone with scanned or physical copies of past Bulletins can get in contact with us so that we can update and complete the archive.
We are specifically looking for anything before issue 14, excluding issues 9/10 of 2010 and 2011.
Resource: African Diaspora Press
About African Diaspora Press
A new voice on the Africana publishing scene, African Diaspora Press is a scholarly imprint specializing in bibliographies about expressive culture of Africa and the African diaspora. Aimed primarily at the library market its works are meant to provide the scholarly community—librarians, researchers, students and others—with state-of-the-art reference tools that help bridge the print world of the past and the digital world of the present and future.
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The ULYSSES Platform is an online platform for wide network of artists (musicians, composers, conductors), artistic directors, cultural managers and organizations from all over the world united by a common passion: contemporary music. The platform has to date almost 4000 members and the amount is growing constantly. Becoming a member is and will be free of charge.
As a member, you can use the ULYSSES Platform to:
• Create your profile with relevant information (biography, works…)
• Submit applications to calls
• Spot new works and possible collaborators
• Share artistic content and other documents of your work (scores, recordings, videos…) as well as information about events you’re involved
• Communicate directly with other members
Behind the Platform: The ULYSSES Network
The ULYSSES Network, coordinated by IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) brings together 13 European partner institutions involved in the support and promotion of young artists. These institutions are academies, summer schools, ensembles and festivals devoted to contemporary music and developing of the careers of young European composers and performers. ULYSSES Network and also the current platform are supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
More information about the ULYSSES Network http://project.ulysses-network.eu/
Chesney Palmer is a promising young composer who has been accepted to study for a Masters in Composition at the University of the Free State Odeion School of Music, but has not managed to secure funding as of yet. If anyone has any information, connections or ideas that can help him out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you in contact directly.
Chesney has been involved in music for the past 10 years as a pianist,clarinetist and composer in South Africa. He has had the privilege of studying at the acclaimed National School of the Arts in Braamfontein Johannesburg one of the country's leading art schools. During this period he studied both piano and clarinet and achieved several awards for music such as Half Colours for music and best music student as well as received a place on the Honour Roll of the Royal College of Music for external examinations.
He has recently completed his degree in music with honours and has been under the tutelage of Dr Andile Khumalo, Dr Christopher Letcher, Dr Jonathan Crossley, Dr Cameron Harris, Peter Cartwright and Professor Malcolm Nay and has received master classes from Lukas Ligeti, Kevin Volans and Professor Jeanne-Zaidel Rudolph.
He has had the privilege of also playing as part of the South African National Youth Orchestra in 2019 as well as being a part of the Composers National Collegium which premiered the works of 8 of the best young composers in the country at the University of Pretoria's Music Festival that took place in August 2019. Played by the world renowned Odeion String Quartet with Samson Diamond, Sharon de Kock, Jeanne-Louise Moolman and Animari van de Westhuizen.
His work work for string quartet called "Sketches of Memory" was premiered originally at the University of the Witswatersrand in July scored for String Quartet and Solo Soprano and then adapted for String Quartet and premiered at the Festival which also received a repeat concert at the University of the Witswatersrand.
The work was written to raise awareness about injustice towards women in South Africa and was based on a South African poem. The work depicts the emotional states of a young girl that is robbed of her innocence and has to overcome the fear to speak out against the injustice. The piece is very emotive and circles through different tonal centres to capture her changing emotions and thoughts.