25 Feb 2018

Spectra 2018 is back in October, Shah Alam

After Spectra 2016 at Publika, Spectra 2018 is back and will be held on 24-26 October, featuring immersive sound performances with visuals and movements from local and international sound / digital artists.

This year's event will be held at the UiTM Faculty Of Music in Shah Alam, Selangor.

About the event:

SPECTRA is an international biennial event, which aims to promote and provide an alternative platform of expression for composers and musicians alike.

It encourages technologically based interaction between the musician (music performers, sound artists, composers), visual artists and the music aficionado while reaching out and establishing networks within the arts industry.

The festival will be used to promote and foster the innovative and creative contemporary culture through experimental and explorative techniques with technology while at the same time introducing and spreading information about the potentials of technological-science applicability within the realm of composition-performance-education in music, digital media production and creative entrepreneur sector.

From Malaysia Electronic Music Festival – SPECTRA 2014, we had rebranded the festival into Malaysia Music Technology Festival, which offers a wide range of music technology based activities and artistic components. The recent festival was held over the course of two days, beginning on 22 until 23 October 2016 at White Box Publika Solaris Dutamas Kuala Lumpur.

With the support from our local and international partners such as Goethe Institute, Birmingham Conservatoire, INTEGRA Lab, Silpakorn University, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, UNIMAS, Roland Asia Pacific, Yamaha Pro Audio, Redbull Malaysia, Shure Malaysia and Toccata Studio,  SPECTARA offers three core activities;
1) music performance consists of electroacoustic-visual art performances, electronic or synth-visual art performances and sound installations for fixed media featuring works from around the world such as Thailand, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, UK, US and local;

2) exhibition on latest music technology products showcased by music companies and;

3) workshop on music technology based production by professional musician from the industry such as CEE Bass Sekolah and the Venopian Solitude (Red Bull Music Academy alumni).

For more information visit https://spectrafestival.weebly.com

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1 Feb 2018

Call for scores: ACL Taiwan festival 2018

Taiwan will be hosting the 35th ACL Festival and Conference in October, 2018. The festival is inviting a call for scores for various sections as detailed below:

Orchestra: 8~12 mins.  Usual instrumentation; may be concertos, but the composers should invite and fully support their soloist(s).
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Chinese Orchestra: 8~12 mins.  Instrumentation should be limited within:
4 Gaohu, 4 Erhu I, 4 Erhu II, 6 Zonghu, 4 Gehu, 2 Beigehu, 2 Xiaoruan, 3 Zhongruan, 2 Daruan, 2  Pipa, 2 Yangqin, 1 Guzheng, 1 Gaodi, 2 Zhongdi, 1 Xindi, 2 Soprano Sheng, 1 Alto Sheng, 1  Bass Sheng, 1 Soprano Suona, 1 Alto Suona, 1 Tenor Suona, 4 Percussion

Choral Music: within 8 mins. Chamber Choir with 18 singers:
5 Sopranos, 4 Altos, 4 Tenors, 5 Basses.  With or without piano accompaniment.  Prepared piano is not possible.

Chamber Music for Chinese and Western Instruments: within 10 mins.  For 6~10 players.
Chinese instruments should be limited within: 1 Erhu, 1 Pipa, 1 Di, 1 Sheng, 1 Zheng
Western Instruments should be limited within: 1 Flute/Picc, 1 B♭/A Clarinet, 1 Alto Saxophone, 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Piano.  Prepared piano is not possible.

Chamber Music: within 10 mins.  Instrumentation should be limited within:
1 Flute/Picc, 1 B♭/A Clarinet, 1 Alto Saxophone, 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Piano.  Prepared piano is not possible.
A: For 4~5 players
B: For 1~3 players
May include traditional instruments, but the composers should invite and fully support the musician(s).

Percussion Ensemble: within 10 mins.  Up to 6 percussionists.

Electroacoustics/Multimedia: 5~10 mins, works more than 10 mins. will be less considered.
Category: tape music/acousmatic music (up to 8-channel), solo instrument/voice + electronics, ensemble+ electronics (no more than 3 instruments), audio-visual work.

Submission material: recording (CD,DVD), score (if with instrument(s)), technical specifications.

Deadline: all the required material should be RECEIVED by ACL-Taiwan BEFORE March 31, 2018.

NOTE:
THE ORGANISERS WILL ONLY CONSIDER APPLICATIONS SENT THROUGH ACL OFFICIAL MEMBERS. To become a part of ACL, please contact aclmalaysia@gmail.com

Each applicant can submit up to 2 compositions. When a composition is selected to be performed in the festival, the applicant needs to provide a score and parts at no charge, and is responsible for clearing all the performance-related rights of the piece. If the composition includes traditional instruments that cannot be found in Taiwan, the applicant needs to provide the instruments for rehearsal and performing use, and to invite instrumentalists when needed.

2) The 35th ACL Conference and Festival Young Composers Competition
Within 8 mins. A work written for a duet of two heterogeneous instruments, from the following two groups respectively:

Group A: Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass
Group B: Flute/Picc, Oboe, B♭/A Clarinet and Bassoon

Each ACL country shall select a Young Composer Representative under the age of 30 (born after Oct. 19, 1987), and the score should be received by ACL-Taiwan BEFORE July 1, 2018.
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25 Aug 2017

Catch the premiere of David Hamilton's Wood Haiku

Pianist-composer Jessica Cho will premiere award-winning New Zealand composer David Hamilton's new piece specially written for her, Wood Haiku, part of a series of piano works after he composed Water Haiku for the Malaysian Composers Collective's 15 minutes of Fame project.

He was inspired after listening to Cho's performance of Water Haiku to compose one haiku each for the other elements - Gold, Wood, Fire, Earth - to make up his suite Elemental Haiku.

The piece is mysterious, earthy and meditative, in contrast to the fluid, playful Water Haiku.

The performance of Wood Haiku, Water Haiku and other selected pieces by Johan Othman and other Asia Pacific composers will be accompanied by video imagery.

It will be part of the professor & teacher recital at the 'Let's Music' event at Gloria Musica School of Music in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur on 27 August, 2017.

The concert forms a week long series of classes, capped by this weekend's programme:

27/8 Sunday
9:30am-3:30pm Students Workshop

Performances
4:30-6pm Masterclass Students Recital (Free admission)

7-8:30pm 'Let's Music' professor & teacher Recital (RM50)

Address: 41-1, Jln Sri Bintang 2, Taman Sri Bintang, 52100 Kepong
Tel: 016-9008733, 016-2166335
Email: gloriamusica@hotmail.com



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4 Jun 2017

Push the limits at KLEX 2017: Crossing Over, in November

The eighth edition of KLEX, the KL Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival, is looking for submissions! This year, our theme is “Crossing Over”. 
Crossing Over is the journey of departing from one point to another point. In genetics, the mechanism of crossing-over will result in genetic diversity. The process of crossing over brings information from one place to another. It can also refer to the transformation from one form to another. It signifies change, with recognition of the sources. It embraces traits from both ends, and when they come together a new reality is formed.
Use “Crossing Over” as a hint or a source of inspiration and imagination. We’re awaiting for your new work, starting from NOW!
Entry Form and Submission Guidelines, please visit:
http://www.klexfilmfest.com/2017/04/klex-2017-crossing-over-call-for-work/

For inquiries, please write to:
info@klexfilmfest.com

Facebook Group:
https://web.facebook.com/groups/klexfest/

Website:
www.klexfilmfest.com

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Ankur Ensemble presents 'Under The Kayon Tree'

“Under the Kayon tree” is a musical performance using elements of theatre and dance to share well-loved Malaysian legends and stories. These stories are our adaptations of the legends of Parameswara, Hang Tuah, Hang Li Po and Mahsuri.

The Ankur ensemble performs original compositions under the musical direction of TFA’s award winning composer, Jyotsna Nithyanandan.

The word Ankur comes from Sanskrit and means “sprout”. The sprout is an analogy of the various people who came to settle here and how their seeds of culture, language and traditions have “sprouted” from this fertile soil and has now grown into a strong tree with a beautiful amalgamated culture which could be truly called Malaysian.

In this production the Kayon tree is based on the mythological Pohon Beringin or Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a mythological concept of a tree that supports and nurtures all forms of life, from the smallest insect to the other creatures that inhabit the forest.

Its roots firmly embedded in the ground, its trunk stands strong, its branches reaching out to embrace new influences and the fruit which it bears, is a result of the beautiful coming together of its surroundings.

As Malaysians, we come from different seeds and as trees, we grow in one forest.

This year the Ankur ensemble is joined by Shanthini Venugopal.

For more information contact the Temple of Fine Arts.

9 - 10 September
Temple of Fine Arts
116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheTempleOfFineArtsKl
Tel: 03-2274 3709



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3 Jun 2017

Seamex 2017 call for Asean choral works, big band

As one of the main activities in SEAMEX 2017, ASEAN YOUTH CHOIR invites submission of choral scores for performance and possibly live recordings. Composers must be nationals or residents of the ASEAN region, and each composer can submit only a maximum of TWO pieces. There are no age restrictions.

Each submission must be a new or pre-existing work no older than three years, and no longer than 5 minutes in duration. It should allude to the sound and spirit of the ASEAN region, and that of the SEAMEX occasion – a sharing of cultures, skills and ideas. The work must be that of the applicant. Some pieces will be selected from the submission for presentation on the 10th September, and the pieces should be written for SATB. The decision of the panel is final.

Application is free. There will not be any prize money or awards being offered. No hire, rental or commission fees will be incurred or entertained.

All scores submission is to be submitted in PDF format, together with a photo of the composer, and a short program note and short biography of the composer (approx. 100 words each). Please email submission to aseanyouthchoir@seamex.co.

SEAMEX INSTITUTE reserves the right to keep all scores and parts on file. Intellectual Property Rights of the composers are not affected. Composers will be notified of any repeat performance.

Closing Date for Application: Friday 14th July, 2017
Successful Applicants notified by: Monday 31st July, 2017
For further information please email aseanyouthchoir@seamex.co.

Call for Big Band scores

ASEAN YOUTH BIG BAND invites submission of Big Band scores for performance and possibly live recordings.

Composers must be nationals or residents of the ASEAN region, and each composer can submit only a maximum of TWO pieces. There are no age restrictions.

Each submission must be a new or pre-existing work no older than three years, and no longer than 5 minutes in duration. It should allude to the sound and spirit of the ASEAN region, and that of the SEAMEX occasion – a sharing of cultures, skills and ideas. The work must be that of the applicant.
Ten to twelve pieces will be selected from the submission for presentation on the 10th September. The decision of the panel is final.

Total orchestration available include:
4 Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Alto Saxophones, 2 Tenor Saxophones, 1 Baritone Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drum set.
No doublings are available.

Application is free. There will not be any prize money or awards being offered.
No hire, rental or commission fees will be incurred or entertained.
All scores submission is to be submitted in PDF format, together with a photo of the composer, and a short program note and short biography of the composer (approx. 100 words each). Pieces that are selected for performance will need the instrumental parts email to aseanyouthbigband@seamex.co upon notification of selection.

SEAMEX INSTITUTE reserves the right to keep all scores and parts on file. Intellectual
Property Rights of the composers are not affected. Composers will be notified of any repeat performance.

Closing Date for Application: Friday 14th July, 2017
Successful Applicants notified by: Monday 31st July, 2017

For further information please email aseanyouthbigband@seamex.co.
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22 Apr 2017

Call for scores for Asean Youth Orchestra @ Seamex 2017, Kuala Lumpur


In conjunction with SEAMEX 2017 (Southeast Asia Music Education Exchange), Spectrum Culture Exchange is requesting new music scores from composers residing in the ASEAN region as part of ASEANYO’s debut in September 2017 (8 - 10 Septemer in KL), at SEAMEX2017**.

Each original work (score) in application must be a new or pre-existing work, no older than 5 years, and no longer than 10 minutes in duration. It must reflect the theme: ‘Architecture of Desire’ and that of the SEAMEX occasion; a sharing of cultures, skills and ideas.

The work must be that of the applicant.

Six works will be selected from the applications for presentation on the 10th September. The decision of the panel is final.

Total orchestration available: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani (1 player) Percussion (1 player - request for instrument availability ) Harp & Strings: Vln 1 & 2 Viola, Cello & Bass (6.5.4.3.2)

Minimum number of players to be used 13; being one from each section.

Application is free. There is no prize money or awards being offered. No hire, rental or commission fees will be incurred or entertained. There are no age restrictions.

All scores in application are to be submitted in PDF format together with a cover letter (programme note) and full biography, together with the composer’s photo. Links to recordings of the work may also be included. No hard copies will be entertained or returned. Composers selected for performance will email PDF copy to SCE of the orchestral parts upon notification of selection.

SCE reserves the right to keep all scores and parts on file. Intellectual Property Rights of the composers are not affected. Composers will be notified of any repeat performances.

Closing Date for Applications: FRIDAY 14th JULY 2017.

Successful Applicants notified by: MONDAY 31st JULY 2017

For further information and completed applications please email: info@spectrumculturexchange.com

**Terms & Conditions Apply
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