Spheres of a Genius. 100 years of Thelonious Monk.
|Spheres of a Genius. 100 years of Thelonious Monk.|
|Summary:||Call for Scores / Composition Competition|
|Deadline:||01 June 2017|
|Date Posted:||08 February 2017|
A jazz composition competition by JAM MUSIC LAB in cooperation with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.|
To celebrate the occasion of the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk, JAM MUSIC LAB - Conservatory for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna is organizing an international composition competition. In cooperation with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will be extended to include jazz soloists, the prize-winning work will be premiered on July 7th, 2018 in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
1st prize: The winning composition will be premiered by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Soloists in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein on June 7th, 2018 and broadcasted as part of the Ö1 radio programme.
The prize money is 5.000 EUR.
2nd prize: 3.000 EUR
3rd prize: 2.000 EUR
Idea and outline of the competition
Thelonious Monk was one of the most innovative artists in jazz music, whose contribution opened up exciting new avenues for this music. As Monk also utilised a vocabulary that was also being used by contemporary classical composers, the competition is supported by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Monk and the core repertoire of the RSO Wien are close to each other in many respects. JAM MUSIC LAB has developed the idea of "Spheres of a Genius" in honor of the 100th birthday of one of the most important personalities of modern jazz and is responsible for the realization of this competition.
The aim of the contest is to create music that will reflect the spirit of Thelonious Monk from a contemporary perspective; to provoke inspiration for further innovation, originality and musical communication in contemporary jazz. The composition should be intended to offer a demanding and an up-to-date podium for the exploration of exciting interrelationships of jazz in its composed, as well as improvised forms. The "Sounds" and "Spheres" in the unmistakable musical innovations of Monk are very much prevalent in the possibilities that composed music offers us, especially when a large orchestral composition calls for the orchestra to interact with jazz idioms and jazz musicians.