News: Composer chosen for ISCM World Music Days Festival 2019

Claudia Molitor
Thursday 28th March 2019

Claudia Molitor to represent ISCM British Section in Tallinn 

Congratulations to Claudia Molitor - Britain's representative for this year's World Music Days Festival in Tallinn!

The event, run by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), is an annual international showcase of new music from around the globe, attended by international delegates as well as producers, programmers and composers.

Claudia will travel to the festival in May,joining composers from over 50 participating countries, as well as fellow UK composer Thomas Simaku , where her pieces will be performed as part of a lineup of contemporary music .

You can find out more about the full programme here.

Claudia Molitor

Claudia Molitor is a composer and improviser who’s work hovers between music and sound art. Exploring the relationships between listening and other senses as well as embracing collaboration as compositional practice is central to much of her practice. Recent work includes Sonorama with Electra Productions, Turner Contemporary and the British Library, which received a British Composer Award; Vast White Stillness for Spitalfields Festival and Brighton Festival; The Singing Bridge, installed at Somerset House and Waterloo Bridge during the Totally Thames festival; and Walking with Partch for Ensemble MusikFabric at hcmf//; she is currently touring an ever evolving work Decay around Europe and the US. She is the co-founder/director of multi.modal records and is a Senior Lecturer at City, University of London.

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Submission Title: Auricularis Superior

"Our listening is manifestly relational and gloriously multi-sensory, and frequently transports us via our imagination and memory through time and space... no wonder we are so enthralled by the experience of listening. Listening, whether to music, our surroundings, or the voice of a friend can also get us through some difficult times, and in this sense Auricularis Superior is quite a personal work that started its life during an unplanned hospital stay. To experience Auricularis Superior the listener is encouraged to find a comfortable, stimulating or intriguing place to sit, lie down or amble through whilst the 30 minute piece weaves together stories, field-recordings and music. Ideally the piece is heard through headphones. Auricularis Superior was launched at the The Tetley gallery in Leeds, UK, as part of Field Studies 2017: Listening after Pauline Oliveros, and commissioned by hcmf// as part of their celebration of the work of Oliveros during their 40th edition.

I’m delighted that Auricularis Superior has been chosen for this year’s ISCM World Music Days, particularly as the programme looks very interesting and also varied. And of course I'm excited to be visiting Tallinn for the first time and hearing lots of great music." - Claudia Molitor

About World Music Days Festival

The prestigious annual ISCM World Music Days Festival is the principle vehicle,through which the organisation pursues its mission, which can be described as a "platform for musical exchange showcase of world contemporary music prejudice or bias on differences in musical expressions, styles, genres or media". It is organised and funded by the member Sections (countries) each year, and acts as a meeting place for organisations, performers and composers from around the world. The member countries of the ISCM each take turns in hosting the festival. Recent festivals have taken place in Beijing, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Sweden, Australia, Croatia and Belgium (for a list of past events, please visit the ISCM's World Music Days webpage).

Each year, the host nation has some flexibility in determining the individual themes that drive the programming of the festival, either presenting a showcase of activity from around the world, or applying other criteria for the selection and programming of works. The festival strives to represent all legitimate members of the ISCM in one way or another through the activities of its programmes, such as: performances, seminars, exhibitions, etc.

To constitute the music for the event, one composer from each member country has the opportunity to have their work performed, after applying via their countries' Section and being selected from a shortlist by the Associate Members' panel. The selected composer also has the opportunity to attend accompanied by one of the countries' Associate Members.

The Section for Britain is Sound and Music, thus all applications for future festivals must be submitted through us.

The festival also provides an opportunity for the ISCM members to meet in their annual congress, to discuss issues affecting the organisation.


Claudia Molitor is supported by The Bliss Trust and the Arthur Bliss Travel Award for attending ISCM.

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