4 Dec 2015

Call: SPECTRA 2016 music tech fest next September

For the second time, the Faculty of Music UiTM will be organising Malaysia Music Technology Festival - SPECTRA 2016 supported by the Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur. 

SPECTRA 2016 is a biennial event which will be held on 24th-25th September 2016 at Whitebox Publika Solaris Dutamas Kuala Lumpur. 

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1 Nov 2015

Young composer Sayyid takes 'journey of life' to Manila's ACL Festival

KL-born Sayyid Shafiee will represent Malaysia at the young composers competition at the ACL Manila festival that starts on 6 Nov 2015.

Sayyid, who is currently doing his masters at the Birmingham Conservatory, said he is excited to attend the festival as it is a "chance of a lifetime".

The festival also features a number of Malaysian works including Johan Othman's choral work, the five-movement 'the dancing mouse', Ainolnaim Azizol's Meta VI for tape and dancer and CH Loh's 'A Queen, A Mother' for soprano and piano, based on poems by Singaporean poet Paul Tan.

Sayyid is the third Malaysian young composer sent by the Malaysian Composers Collective to represent the country at the Asia Pacific gathering of composers, after Jessica Cho, who won 3rd prize in Taiwan in 2012, and Ainolnaim Azizol, who won 2nd prize in Japan in 2014.
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31 Oct 2015

Likha-Likas: ACL Festival in Manila this November

Manila hosts the 33rd ACL Conference & Festival from November 6 - 11, 2015, themed 'Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth'.

Representing Malaysia at the Young Composer's Prize is Kuala Lumpur-born Sayyid Shafiee with his Jinsei Kouru for trumpet, bass clarinet and percussion.

The festival also features a number of Malaysian works (in order of appearance):
  • Johan Othman: the dancing mouse for SATB chorus
  • CH Loh: A Queen, A Mother for soprano and piano
  • Tee Xiao Xi: Life's Dukka (Shenghoubaku): art song
  • Ainolnaim Azizol: Meta VI: For electroacoustics and dancer
  • Chow Junyi: Serenade for orchestra
  • Chin Hong Da: Clock is ticking for chamber group

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11 May 2015

In memory of Jack Body, towering figure in Asia Pacific music

The Asian music community has lost a towering figure in the passing of veteran New Zealand composer Jack Body. He passed away on 10 May in Wellington.

News of his succumbing to his long fight with cancer was received with great sadness for many of us who knew and was inspired and touched by this warm, generous spirit. Body was instrumental in embracing Malaysia back into the ACL fold and in encouraging MCC to join as member in 2007-2009.

His absence will surely be sorely felt and will leave a big hole in our community.

The news was delivered by CANZ, and below is the citation penned by composer Prof John Elmsly in 2011 for Body's ACL honorary status:

"Both within the League and in his regular activities as professor of composition at Victoria University, Jack has tirelessly furthered the objectives of the League. He is a distinguished composer in his own right, and much of his internationally performed and known music has strong personal or musical connections with the music and life of Asian and Pacific countries.

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15 Minutes of Fame compositions preview in Japan

While work is under way to record and produce the short films for MCC's 15 Minutes of Fame project, a selection of the 1 minute piano works submitted by Malaysian and other ACL composers received a preview at the international contemporary music festival in Kyoto, Japan end of May.

Pianist-composer Jessica Cho was invited to perform the works as part of the festival's programme at Kyoto University of Arts at its opening concert on 31 May, 2015.

The works performed in order of appearance:
    • State of Emergency - Peter Willis
    • Pulsating Waves - Amit Weiner
    • Titik Titik - Ainolnaim Azizol
    • Water Haiku - David Hamilton
    • Patak - Maria christine Muyco
    • Composition Nr 3 - Johan Othman
    • Hydropyre - Robert Casteels
    • Night - Jessica Cho
      Cho gave a thrilling performance of the works weaving all the pieces into a continuous narrative that did not seem as if it were composed by different hands spanning the Asia Pacific, and said she received a wonderful response from the audience.

      Certainly her powerful, sometimes aggresive, other times gentle and playful, and fluid way with the brand new scores made it sound as if the compositions have been in the standard repertoire for some time now, and they certainly deserve to be.


      Listen to Cho's superb performance, courtesy of the organisers:


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