News: Two British composers chosen for Lithuanian residency programme

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Two British composers chosen for Lithuanian residency programme 

Angela Slater and Rolf Gehlhaar have been selected to take part in this year's residency opportunity with The Lithuanian Composers’ Union and AIR KREMS in Druskininkai!

The selected composers will each develop a new work for The Representative Wind Orchestra of the Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior and will participate in an international residency programme in  in the summer of 2016.

Meet the composers!

Angela Slater

Angela Elizabeth Slater is a UK-based composer. In her AHRC-funded PhD in composition at the University of Nottingham, Angela developed an interest in incorporating different aspects of the natural world into her compositions. She has been working on a series of works that engage with the natural world, musically mapping certain aspects into the fabric of her music. In 2015 she was awarded a prestigious bursary by the Boltini Trust to participate in the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington. Her choral piece Apparitions was selected for the choral composition workshop led by Judith Weir with the BBC Singers. Angela has also recently taken part in Psappha – Composing for Clarinet scheme where she wrote Nacreous Contours for the professional clarinetist Dov Goldberg.Angela is passionate about contemporary music for both professional and amateur musicians and is currently one of the Adopt a Composer participants working on an exciting work for The Lincoln Ukulele Band. 

Angela Slater

In brief...

Why did you apply for this residency with DAR?  

"I applied for the DAR residency project because of my love of wind orchestras. Most of my ensemble educational life has been in the context of the wind orchestra, being part of a county wind band from the age of twelve and as a member of The University of Nottingham Wind Orchestra for the last six years. The University of Nottingham Wind Orchestra commissioned me to write a piece for them, which resulted in my work Stormscape. This experience further confirmed to me the depth of expressivity and power that can be achieved by wind orchestras. I was therefore very excited at the prospect to explore this wonderful genre again. I am very excited to start on a new work for wind orchestra and work with The Representative Wind Orchestra of the Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior, Egidija Medeksaite from DAR, Egidijus Miknius (conductor) and Sound and Music on this exciting project and residency."

What are you most excited about being selected from this opportunity?

"One of the things that excited me most about this opportunity is the chance to work with an international wind orchestra and to raise the profile of wind orchestra concert music. I am also excited to engage with composers and musicians from different countries, building creative partnerships and sharing my compositional voice with international audiences." 

"Sound and Music is an excellent creative organisation and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them so far through the Adopt a Composer scheme. I am exciting to continue working with Sound and Music for the DARS residency and hope to maintain a strong and fruitful relationship with them for many years to come. "

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Rolf Gehlhaar

Rolf Gehlhaar DLit, composer of instrumental, electronic and computer music, is a pioneer in musical interactivity (SOUND=SPACE), generative visuals and music (Gravity Drawings & CaDaReMi), computer-aided composition and performance for the disabled (HEAD-SPACE). In the 60s he was personal assistant to Karlheinz Stockhausen. From 1971 onwards he completed over 60 major commissions and installations at numerous international electronic and computer music research institutions and exhibitions: IRCAM Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Sydney Opera House, CEM Netherlands; Sydney University, MIT Cambridge, Hayward Gallery London. He was Course Director in Design & Digital Media at Coventry University and Professor in Experimental Music, and most recently, artistic director of digitally mediated music projects for the disabled at Casa da Musica, Porto.


Rolf Gehlhaar

In brief...

Why did you apply for this residency with DAR? 

"I saw the residency as a perfect opportunity to gain wisdom from others and impart experience I have gained in working with my interactive musical environment. I am delighted that the organizers of the residency think likewise."

What are you most excited about being selected from this opportunity?

"I have never been to Lithuania and I am very exited about what I will find, both culturally and musically. I am also very excited about taking my SOUND=SPACE there."

"Through its brilliantly organised work, providing new music listings and a pointer towards resources and opportunities in  the new music arena, Sound and Music promotes the legacy of The BMIC, the Sonic Arts network and even EMAS of the 70’s. I feel both proud and privileged to have been both a part of its journey and a recipient of its benefits."

Follow Rolf on Website  // Soundcloud  

About Lithuanian Composers’ Union

Aiming to encourage international cultural exchange and cooperation between artists from different genres and countries, the Lithuanian Composers' Union initiated the International A.I.R. (Artist-In-Residence) Programme in 2011 with the financial support from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. In 2012 this programme adopted a new name DAR (Druskininkai Artists' Residence).

For more information of the DAR residency programme 

About A.I.R KREMS 

It is a multi-disciplinary program for architects, visual artists, musicians and writers. In order to promote international exchange, the federal state of Lower Austria has initiated an artist-in-residence program, for which it has set up five studio apartments and a large common room on the top floor of the former carpet factory within the Art Mile in Krems (Kunstmeile Krems). In order to ensure diversity and a vibrant atmosphere among the studios, the program will award its scholarships to artists from the fields of visual arts, literature, architecture and music. These studio apartments, which have housed artists from many different countries since 2000, serve as temporary living and working spaces and provide the opportunity for both international and interdisciplinary exchange.

For more information of the A.I.R Krems residency programme 

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