News for May
Welcome to this month's newsletter!
Do remember to send any notices of your events or anything you think may be of interest to the composition community. Please feel free to send any requests for assistance, comments or observations that you may want to share, even if it is something small.
Also remember that there is still time send a list of your works from the last five years as well as any articles you want to have published in the Bulletin for consideration.
Franco Prinsloo's work "Pula Pula" will be performed 17:00 Estonian time on 4 May as part of the ISCM world music days.
The Mizar trio presents a varied program ranging from Baroque and Tango to The Rolling Stones.
Louisa Theart - Flute/Alto Flute/ Piccolo
David Pinoit - Cello
Dylan Tabisher - Marimba/Vibraphone
Program includes works by JS Bach, Astor Piazzolla. Matthijs van Dijk (world premiere), Ingrid Stolzel (african premiere), Rodrigo Amarante and The Rolling Stones.
‘Sonic Mmabolela’ is a 2-week workshop/residency for professional and semiprofessional sound artists and composers with previous experience in the area of sound experimentation and sound recordings. It takes place at Mmabolela Reserve, in the Limpopo province of South Africa, right at the border with Botswana. It involves field work, studio work and theoretical/discussion presentations. The workshop/residency has a special focus on creative approaches to the work with environmental sound recordings, as well as the role of listening, through an extensive exploration of natural sound environments. It does not have a technical character but is instead conceived and directed towards (i) the questioning of canonical conceptions of so-called ‘field recordings’, and (ii) the development and realization of projects of sonic creation by the participant artists/composers with the recordings gathered and through the experience of dedicated listening in natural environments.
The activities of the workshop/residency include:
Introductory theoretical/discussion presentation sessions on environmental recordings and sound creation, with a historical / philosophical / critical perspective. • Field trips (both diurnal and nocturnal) for extensive listening and recording of sound environments. • Sessions of studio work (with laptop) using these materials. • Artists’ presentation / discussion sessions on sound creative work / environmental recordings. • Development and realization of a sound piece by each participant with some of the original sound materials gathered in the field work. • Presentation of the finished pieces by the participant artists.
All these activities are organized in a daily schedule according to the changing sonic environments of Mmabolela Reserve. This typically involves many hours of field and studio work but there is also flexibility to allow participants to choose from several schedule options. The language for the workshop/residency is English. The director also speaks Spanish and has conversational levels of French, Portuguese and Italian.
For the realization of the workshop/residency we hire the entire Mmabolela reserve for the whole duration of our stay. We have an original fully-equipped farmhouse in the property with several buildings at our disposal (the “Weederdooper” homestead), with several double rooms, which can accommodate a total maximum of 10 guests. The main building overlooks a water hole frequented by game and the homestead has its own plunge pool.
The workshop/residency includes:
§ Hiring of the entire Mmabolela reserve for exclusive use by the participants during the whole duration of the workshop/residency.
§ Daily working sessions with field recordings, studio work, and collective theoretical/discussion presentations (total of 8 to 12 hours a day, with optional activities and flexible schedules).
§ Full accommodation: 2 nights hotel (arrival/departure) in Johannesburg (double room) + 13 nights in private farmhouses in Mmabolela (double rooms with beds, separate bathrooms, shower/toilets, dining/studio working room, electrical system with 220V power sockets, monitoring speaker system, beamer, kitchen, plunge pools).
§ All meals and beverages in Mmabolela as well as dinners in Johannesburg for arrival and departure days.
§ Transportation from/to the airport in Johannesburg.
§ Transportation to/from Mmabolela by minibus (approx. 7-8 hours).
§ Daily transportation in Mmabolela by 4x4 vehicle to field recording sites (day and night).
§ Local guides/drivers, chef, kitchen/maintenance staff, and logistics manager.
Workshop/Residency 2-week rate per person: 2,900 Euros
(Includes all of the above. Does not include flight to Johannesburg from participant’s departure location nor medical insurance.)
‘Sonic Mmabolela’ is a non-profit, independently-run project. Each participant artist/composer must seek funding for his/her workshop/residency costs, as well as the flight to Johannesburg and his/her medical insurance. To this end, after the application process (see below), we provide formal invitation letters to prospective participants.
The ‘Sonic Mmabolela’ workshop/residency will take place in:
16 – 29 November 2019
The group needs a minimum of 6 participants for the workshop/residency to take place.
The capacity of the workshop/residency is limited to a small group: currently a maximum of 10 participant artists/composers.
Artists/composers interested need to send an application (only email, no post), consisting of: (i) updated CV, and (ii) examples of their sound work on audio files or –preferably- through internet links, to the following email address:
The artists/composers selected after the application process will receive a formal invitation letter from the director of ‘Sonic Mmabolela’ to help them in seeking funding support. To join the workshop/residency they will have to pay the registration fee and fill in the registration form that will be later provided by the organizers.
Deadline for registrations: 1 July 2019
[Note: If the maximum capacity of 10 registered participants is reached before the deadline, the workshop/residency will be therefore complete. If the minimum number of 6 registered participants is not reached by the deadline date, the workshop/residency will not take place.]
We mark the passing of Benjamin Fourie one year ago with sadness.