News: Composer chosen for World Music Days Festival!

Ryan Latimer

World Music Days - Beijing 2018

Congratulations to Ryan Latimer - Britain's representative for this
year's World Music Days festival in Beijing! 

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.

Ryan will travel to the festival later this year, where his
pieces will be performed as part of a two-day lineup of contemporary
music from over 50 participating countries. 

You can find out more about the full shortlist here

Meet the composer

Ryan Latimer

Ryan Latimer (b.1990) is a composer whose music has been performed
throughout the UK and Europe by leading ensembles such as the London
Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Warszawska Opera Kameralna (Poland) and the Workers Union Ensemble, with whom he was Composer-in-Association during 2014. Ryan was recently in residence with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of the Sound and Music Embedded Scheme and his new work for the orchestra was performed in March 2016 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His recent composition, Moby Dick, written for the London Sinfonietta in 2014, features on NMC Recordings’ Next Wave album. The same year also saw the premiere of his first opera, Three Tall Tales of Doctor Monsieur Façade, commissioned by the Warsaw Chamber Opera in Poland. He has most recently been a resident composer with the Cohan Collective, working in close collaboration with four young UK-based choreographers.

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Category 1: Symphony Orchestra

Submission Title: Antiarkie

My earliest exposure to orchestral music of any kind was through cartoons. Even now, the playful, frenetic, visceral and often discontinuous nature of much of this music remains an important aspect of my work. Antiarkie offers both a tribute to and commentary on this characterful music, which is often in itself a celebration of so many other musical styles. The title refers to the composer, Scott Bradley, famous for his exuberant Tom and Jerry scores, who despite being from Arkansas was careful to point out he was not in fact an ‘Arkie’—a diminutive term for a migrant worker from the state. There is also a suggestion of the Greek word ‘archi’, meaning authority or establishment. Considering Bradley spent much of his career as a relative outsider, dedicated to his own niche corner of the industry whilst remaining well in-tune with the ‘serious’ developments occurring within the European avant-garde, the invented term Antiarkie (read Anarchic) seems a suitably playful homage to his legacy.

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 and a showcase of world contemporary music without
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 Hong Kong, Lithuania, Sweden,
Australia, Croatia and Belgium (for a list of past events, please visit
the ISCM's World Music Days webpage).

The festival takes places in consecutive days, however, 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 the festival must be submitted within.

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



Ryan Latimer is supported by The Bliss Trust and the Arthur Bliss Travel Award
for attending ISCM.

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Find out more about ISCM:

Visit our wepage about the British Section

Visit the World Music Days website

Thank you to our funders:

Ryan Latimer is supported by The Bliss Trust, and the Arthur Bliss Travel Award for attending ISCM.

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