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Composition Academy in Kalv 2018

 Composition Academy in Kalv 2018
Summary:Composition Academy
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: Organized by the Musica festival
In partnership with Strasbourg Conservatoire, the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR), Strasbourg University, and Labex Gream
Artistic and pedagogical coordinator, Philippe Manoury
Composition tutors, Philippe Manoury, Luca Francesconi
Electronics supervisor, Tom Mays

The performers:
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Soloists of the Strasbourg Académie supérieure de musique / HEAR

Jean-Dominique Marco,
Director of the Musica festival
Musica is a prestigious European music festival created in 1983. Every autumn, in Strasbourg, Musica presents major works from 20th century repertoire, and confronts them with works of today by both emerging and established composers. The festival draws a broad audience, always keen to explore contemporary art-forms from a variety of aesthetic and geographical backgrounds.

In order to involve young composers in this exciting musical voyage of discovery, Musica has created a composition academy, which takes place during the festival. This academy is the outcome of the shared endeavours of Strasbourg Conservatoire, Strasbourg Académie supérieure de musique / HEAR and Strasbourg University in the field of the aesthetics of musical composition.

The aim of the academy is to provide selected young composers with the time and opportunity to explore and experiment with musical creation in a concrete way, through all stages of the creative process. A musical project will be outlined, then given shape; two internationally renowned tutors will provide coaching throughout the composition process. The score will be tried out and rehearsed by professional musicians specializing in contemporary forms. All these aspects are essential in the elaboration of a piece, and yet such ideal conditions are seldom all met even for professional musicians. All the works devised during the academy will be performed (and recorded live) in the course of two concerts at the end of the festival. The winner will receive a commission from the Musica festival.

As the academy is an integral part of the Musica festival, participants will be able to immerse themselves in a creative environment and to meet European music professionals (including performers, programmers, composers, publishers, etc).

The aim of this project is to foster emerging composers by providing them with an opportunity to enrich their creativity and talent with the knowledge and dedication of a team of expert tutors. This will help them hone their skills, and provide a valuable stepping-stone for their future career.

The artistic committee will assign 10 composers born after January 1st, 1983 with works written for:
1. vocal sextet: coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, basssolo instrument and live electronics
2. solo instruments: flute (also piccolo, alto), B flat clarinet (also bass clarinet), tenor trombone (also alto, bass), piano, viola electronics: the software used will be Max/MSP.

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