ISCM Composer Exchange and Networking Opportunity

Date: 
2014-2015
Venue: 
Various
Produced by: 
Sound and Music, The Croatian Composers’ Society, Estonian Composers’ Union and ISCM Sweden

Watch the selected composers discuss the ISCM Composer Exchange and Networking Opportunity

4th April 2014 - UK composers for ISCM Composer Exchange Announced

We are delighted to announce that the UK composers selected for the opportunity are Patricia Alessandrini and John Chantler who are to participate in a four-way international reciprocal exchange and networking programme with Sound and Music, The Croatian Composers’ Society, Estonian Composers’ Union and the ISCM. 

Most of Patricia Alessandrini's works feature live electronics, often with multimedia elements. Her compositions have been performed around the world, in festivals including Agora, Archipel, Festival de la Imagen, Festival en tiempo real, Mostly Mozart, Musica Strasbourg, and Spor. She studied electronics at the Bologna Conservatory and IRCAM. She holds a diploma in composition from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg and a PhD from Princeton University. In 2008 she was granted a PhD Studentship at SARC. She has taught Computer Music at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Composition with Technology at Bangor University, and is currently Lecturer in Studio Composition at Goldsmiths.

Originally from Australia, John Chantler moved to the UK in 2003 after living in Japan for two years. As a composer he works primarily with modular synthesizer systems and has presented his work in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and across Europe. He also convenes the Organ Octet – a large ensemble where everyone plays a similar type of reed/chord organ. Chantler's LP ‘The Luminous Ground’ was included at #37 in The Wire magazine's top 50 releases of 2011. He is also the senior producer at London’s Cafe OTO and is responsible for curating the venue’s internationally renowned concert programme.

 

Patricia Alessandrini and John Chantler will be taking part in the exchange alongside composers Sol Andersson (Sweden), Magnus Bunnskog (Sweden), Sanja
Drakulić (Croatia), Mirela Ivičević (Croatia), 
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (Estonia) and Helena Tulve (Estonia) visiting each of the respective countries over the course of 2014 for three days each.

The project is to showcase and share internationally the growing portfolio of activities that comprise 'being a composer in the 21st century' with particular focus on composer-curators (composers involved in programming or organising events and composers in education), building connections and networks and engendering debate and research into the changing professional life and context for composers internationally. 

 

This project is partly supported by the ISCM Members Fund. For more information about ISCM, see here

 


 

17th January 2014 - Applications now closed

The two calls for applications are now closed. The selected composers will be announced shortly.


 

18th December 2013 - Calls live for two UK composers for ISCM Composer Exchange and Networking Opportunity

Sound and Music, The Croatian Composers’ Society, Estonian Composers’ Union and ISCM (the International Society for Contemporary Music) Sweden are offering a unique opportunity for two UK-based composers. This four-way international collaboration will allow two composers from each partner country to participate as a cohort in a reciprocal exchange and networking programme. The international group of eight composers will visit Croatia, Estonia, Sweden and the UK in 2014 and, over the period of three days in each country, will participate in a bespoke networking programme. Selected candidates will gain insight into the new music scenes in each country and, at project end, will be equipped with a wide range of new contacts to support their work.

This project is made possible through Sound and Music’s membership of the ISCM and the international networks we have established. It is partly funded by the newly established ISCM Members’ Fund, as one of the first round of successful applications to that fund.
 
Our aims are to:

  1. Showcase and share internationally the growing portfolio of activities that comprise 'being a composer in the 21st century' with particular focus on composer-curators (composers involved in programming or organising events and composers in education)
  2. Build connections and networks between the participating composers and the wider networks of each participating country with a view to longer term co-operation
  3. Engender debate and research into the changing professional life and context for composers internationally
  4. Enable participating composers to meet together four times, once in each partner country, for at least 3 days for each visit
  5. Engage in collaborative dialogue between the selected composers and the host organisations in devising a programme of events in each country designed to:
  6. Showcase and share interesting examples of composers being involved in activities such as programming or curation, or music education, that bring them into direct contact with audiences
  7. Offer productive face-to-face networking opportunities and introductions with key contacts in the host nation

Who will this  suit?

We are seeking to work with two composers, at least one of whom is female, who are involved in either/or:  the creation and presentation of new work, this can be though involvement in the programming and presentation of events,  through running a group that performs new work or through the production and staging of exhibitions of new work

 Working in an education context, this can be within the formal education sector or as part of your compositional practice (i.e. your work is, by its nature, participatory)

Documentation of process is important in this project and you will be expected to blog about your progress as well as participating fully in the final project report

Eligibility:

You must be a British Citizen or a resident in the UK for the duration of the project work 

You must not be in full time educationYou must be available for interview on January 30-31

You must be available for the four international trips, exact dates are to be confirmed, and there will be limited flexibility around dates.

You must be prepared to participate in documenting and evaluating the programme

For more information on this project and how to apply, please see the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Composer Exchange and Networking Opportunity call

Applications are accepted via an online application form with a deadline of noon 17 January 2014.

For any queries, please contact Richard Whitelaw at Sound and Music on 020 7759 1809 or email richard.whitelaw@soundandmusic.org 

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ISCM Composer Exchange and Networking Opportunity call 

The applications are now closed for this opportunity. 

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