Tækifæri fyrir íslenskt tónskáld að starfa í Englandi

Curated Place býður íslensku tónskáldi að starfa með enskum flytjendum á árinu að nýju verki. Verkefnið er styrkt af Norrænu ráðherranefndinni og unnið í samvinnu við Íslenska tónverkamiðstöð. Curated Place er enskt/íslenskt menningarstjórnurnarfyrirtæki sem hefur áður unnið að verkefnum sem tengja saman íslenska og enska tónlistarmenn.

Auglýsing um þátttöku í verkefninu er hér fyrir neðan á ensku.

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62Throughout 2014, Curated Place in partnership with SICC Productions, the South Iceland Chamber Choir (IS), Psappha (UK) and Pinquins (Nor), are offering one composer the opportunity to participate in the second year of their Collaborative Compositions project.

The successful applicant will develop a new work for Psappha with support and mentoring from ensemble members and the broader Collaborative Compositions network in Iceland/Norway/UK before touring the work internationally.

Psappha offers an ensemble of flute (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute), Clarinet (E flat, bass), piano (or possibly keyboard depending on space and composer requirement), percussion (exact instruments to be agreed between the composer and ensemble), violin and cello.

Psappha supports the development of emerging composers as well as working with more established composers and our Patron, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. There are many films of the ensemble performing live at: www.psappha.com which will give an idea of some of the works the ensemble has performed.

Psappha are particularly keen to work with a composer who shares their interest in developing themes around the relationship between music and the visual arts (film, photos, live arts etc.). While it is not a requirement that the current project produces a visual element applicants should make clear how their work and experience has and will address this interest in their application. 

Commitment to the Project:

The applicant will be required to carry out an initial meeting with Ensemble lead Tim Williams then work in residence with UK partners Psappha for a minimum of 10 days in Manchester, UK during March/April 2014, Final rehearsals and development will take place over three days in May 2014 before the premiere in the UK during Summer.

The work created will need to have the flexibility to tour. However, through the residency the composer will be encouraged to work with Ensemble leader Tim Williams and Psappha, including any performative and/or digital aspects. We are looking for a composer who enjoys working flexibly in this way.

We will financially support the selected composer with a bursary of €2000 plus agreed travel and accommodation expenses.

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the application form and provide:

  • an outline of how their involvement in the project would impact on their professional development (300 words)
  • a brief proposal (500 words maximum) outlining their ideas of how they would approach the collaboration creatively, thematically and practically. (Innovative proposals that experiment with the performative and production aspects of the presentation are welcome.)
  • two examples of their work to date (preferably demonstrating an ability to work in a collaborative fashion, for example in developing work with performers, and/or working with artists from other disciplines)
  • Press clippings of previous work
  • An up to date CV

Deadline for submission: 17th March 2014

A shortlist for interview will be selected by SICC Productions, Psappha and Curated Place. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by skype.

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Psappha, Manchester’s pre-eminent new music ensemble and one of the UK’s leading contemporary music groups, was formed in 1991 by its Artistic Director Tim Williams and specialises in the performance of music by living composers and that of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group has an extensive and varied repertoire of hundreds of works and a reputation for technical assurance and interpretive flair. Attracting attention from audiences and from the music press internationally, Psappha won the Manchester Evening News Award for Opera in 2000 and has been shortlisted three times for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award. Psappha has commissioned and premiered many works by a wide range of composers including the award-winning music-theatre work, Mr Emmet Takes a Walk, by its Patron, Peter Maxwell Davies, also recorded by the original performers.

Psappha has appeared throughout the UK, featuring regularly at most of the country’s major music festival including the BBC Proms, special Henze, Maxwell Davies and Bernstein portrait series at London’s Southbank Centre, and in residencies at the St. Magnus Festival, Orkney.

Psappha has made highly successful tours to North and South America, Australia, and throughout Europe, and has also appeared in the United States and Hong Kong through residencies at Princeton University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Having made a number of recordings on various labels, Psappha launched its own CD label in 2004 with Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad Kingand Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot. The most recent release, Theatre of Attractions, features music by Kenneth Hesketh.

In its role as Contemporary Ensemble in Residence at The University of Manchester Psappha encourages the breaking down of barriers between artistic and educational experiences, inspiring creativity and the exchange of ideas with students through interactive and collaborative projects. Through its student composer scheme Psappha works with talented composition students to support the composition, workshopping, rehearsal and public performance of new works from the next generation of talented composers.  Autumn 2010 saw the launch of Composition Lab, Psappha’s online resource to support the composition element of GCSE and A-level music.

A new strand for Psappha is its season of performances at Salford arts/club venue Islington Mill. Following a successful pilot in March 2013 Psappha will perform three further concerts at the Mill between October 2013 and February 2014.

In August 2011 Psappha became the University of Salford MediaCityUK Ensemble in a unique partnership which uses the latest in media and digital technology to create exciting new ways of performing. Tireless in its championing of the music of today, Psappha is continually seeking to develop new audiences and break fresh ground through its innovative development of the digital dissemination of its work through free-to-view films of live performances which can be viewed online via all devices. Psappha performances have been viewed online in over 72 different countries with its website viewed by more than 11,000 unique browsers in the past year. Psappha welcomes people of all ages to try something new and become involved with the ensemble and its composers through its online resources, in performances and projects and at its pre- and post-concert events.

www.psappha.com

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