Composer Curator Programme 2013/14

In 2013, Sound and Music launched a new Composer-Curator programme, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to develop a national, proposal-based approach to support grassroots event-series or festivals of new music, curated and organised by composers. 

We are delighted to now be working with seven different Composer-Curators for 2013/14, bringing new music to audiences.

We believe this diverse artist-led programme Sound and Music have developed reflects the broad and exciting nature of new music today and showcases the phenomenal activity happening at grassroots level across the country. This artist-led programme reflects Sound and Music’s growing role in championing and developing composers and artists to have more influence over how their work is made and presented.

The first seven members to have joined Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator Programme are:

Audiograft is an annual festival of Contemporary Experimental Music and Sound Art curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), based at Oxford Brookes University. The festival aims to engage the widest possible audience from Oxford and beyond with the challenging contemporary practices that are the focus of the Research Unit. SARU provides a focus for dialogue between the fields of Composition and Sound Art; including acousmatic, collaborative, electroacoustic, experimental, interdisciplinary and site-specific practices alongside engagement with field recording, and soundscape studies. The festival reflects these interests through a two week programme of sound art installations and experimental music concerts hosted in the public venues and galleries of the city. 
Save these dates: 12 - 23 March, Oxford.

Bastard Assignments
Building on their reputation of producing experimental cross-arts events, Bastard Assignments have three unique events planned for 2014. Taking inspiration from immersive theatre, classical club nights and intimate pub gigs, Bastard Assignments will offer audiences the chance to experience new works by emerging artists in London, through music, dance and moving image.
Find out more here
The first event took place on 23 January in Greenwich. Save the dates for: 15 February, Asylum, Peckham & 11 March, Hootananny, Brixton.

Colour Out of Space
Dylan Nyoukis has played a pivotal role as a musician, label head and promoter in the experimental music scene since the early 1990s, his work functioning as a rallying point for a broad spectrum of experimental artists. The sixth edition of ‘Colour Out of Space’, an experimental sound and art festival based in Brighton and supported through Sound and Music’s Composer/Curator project, enabled Nyoukis to curate the festival’s most diverse, adventurous and successful event so far. An expanded ten programme featured screenings, poetry, debate and workshops, while the festival’s central performance weekend bought together an extensive line-up of international and UK artists, highlighting a wealth of approaches across genres, generations and scenes. Performances included a new piece by German composer Dieter Schnebel, US sound artists Angela Sawyer, Joseph Hammer and Rick Potts, French pioneers DDAA, Japan’s Hiroshi Hasegawa, Reiko.A and Makino Takashi, Israel’s Ilan Volkov and Maya Dunietz, alongside an installation based work created by UK artists Ben Knight and Hannah Elluh,  and many, many more.
This event took place in Brighton on 8 - 10 November 2013.

Dark Inventions' Firewheel Tour
Dark Inventions present an eclectic evening series of folk song and fresh contemporary music. Joined by singer, composer and songwriter Stef Conner, the group performs new interpretations of old songs interwoven with music by British composers. The tour features new works by emerging composers alongside the premiere of a major commission from Philip Cashian

The group’s artistic directors – composers Christopher Leedham and Martin Scheuregger – have crafted bespoke arrangements of traditional songs to complement the new works in a seamless and genre-defying marriage of old and new. 

Dark Inventions is a young chamber ensemble that seeks to highlight the links between traditionally disparate music. The group focuses on combining music of different periods, curating projects that aim to entertain and inspire audiences whilst introducing some hidden gems from past and present repertoire. Dark Inventions has performed at venues across the North of England and Scotland, including a new theatrical presentation of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire as part of the York Spring Festival of New Music, and a typically-diverse programme of Bach, Ravel and new music at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. The group’s debut CD, Hinterland, will be released in early 2014. 
Save these dates: 8 May, Manchester // 9 May, Leeds // 10 May, York // 12 May, Newcastle // 15 May, Durham // 16 May, Liverpool. 

Ed Carter's Arborescent
Ed Carter's Arborescent takes inspiration from Iannis Xenakis' work, commissioning new improvised performances exploring the boundaries between visual art, architecture and composition. Questioning the traditional role of ‘composer’, visual artists, architects and musicians will produce site-specific graphic scores for live performance by leading improvisers from the North East. The medium of the score will be decided by its creator. 

Building on two previous events, the project will focus on one outdoor performance (in Kielder Forest), and one in an indoor urban environment (in a shipping-container artspace, built by XSite Architecture).  Three site-specific graphic-scores will be produced responding to each location, with performers presenting their interpretations of the pieces. The scores and resulting performances will be documented online, with the hope of encouraging other performers to contribute their own responses.
Find out more here.
Book now: 7 February, Newcastle. 

Luca Nasciuti's Sonic cueB
Luca Nasciuti's Sonic cueB is a three-day festival of electronic and experimental music that brings emerging and established, national and international artists to the heart of southeast London. Artists are invited to perform solo as well as develop new collaborations and dialogues with each other’s practices.
Find out more here.
Book now: 24 – 26 March at cueB Gallery, Brockley Mess Café. 

Size Zero Opera's Women Box.
Led by composer-performer Laura J Bowler, Size Zero Opera have commissioned Jennifer Walshe to write a new opera, called Women Box., for mezzo-soprano (Laura Bowler) and string quartet (Ligeti Quartet) to be developed by emerging artists.
The opera explores confrontation and liberation through boxing, paralleling the crusade for emancipation from draconian attitudes and inequalities ("women can't/shouldn't fight"), marking the inclusion of women's boxing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The project includes excerpt performances/workshops in boxing clubs across England. Verbatim transcripts from interviews with club members will form the libretto. This collaborative, community-based, new-music project will draw UK-wide sports, Arts and academic communities together to celebrate female music/theatre-creators, female athleticism and gender-equality. 
Save these dates: 16 – 17 May, London.

About the Programme

In 2013 Sound and Music launched a new Composer-Curator programme with the ambition to develop a national approach to supporting grassroots event-series or festivals of new music, curated and organised by composers.


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