22 Jan 2016

Support our Women Composers CD project

Award winning young composer Jessica Cho has a dream, to put together an anthology of Malaysian women composers as a tribute to the rich and colourful sounds penned by the country's leading talents.

The CD will be a showcase of how far Malaysia's contemporary music scene has come over the last decade, with compositions that can stand alongside the best in the region, indeed the world.

One of Malaysia's leading composers Adeline Wong has composed a new string quartet work specially for the CD, which will also include ethnic inspired compositions by Jyotsna Prakash and Isabella Pek.

The cover art has also been specially commissioned from Malaysiakini senior journalist Susan Loone, who is an avid artist who explores among others, women's themes in her unique and audacious artwork.

The disc will be a calling card for Malaysian composers and performers, and will also help raise funds for the Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) to continue promoting Malaysian music at home and abroad.

Getting funding for the roughly RM6,000 for the project has been particularly challenging due to the economic situation over the past year.

You can help make Cho's dream a reality for all Malaysians, by contributing any amount to the project. Contributors will be credited on this website and will receive a copy of the finished CD. More than this, contributors would have played a part in giving Malaysian new music the support it needs.

To contribute, send an email to aclmalaysia@gmail.com.We look forward to your invaluable support, together let's keep Malaysian new music alive!

Have a sneak peek at Cho's dream CD:



About MCC:

MCC is a non-profit support group to promote Malaysian contemporary classical music and is founded by a group of passionate composers as a unit under cofounder Hardesh Singh's music and media outfit Popfolio Sdn Bhd.

Since its inception in 2008 MCC has chalked many milestones and firsts: it produced Malaysia's first anthology of contemporary composers, organised the country's first young composer's workshop with HSBC Bank, Malaysia's first new music festival in 2009 with Goethe Institut and rejoined the regional fraternity Asian Composers League (ACL) after a lapse of two decades.

Through ACL we have brought Malaysian new music to the international stage, and presented the country's young composers to take part in the regional young composer's competition for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Cho made Malaysian history by winning 3rd prize at ACL Taiwan 2011, while Ainolnaim Azizol participated in ACL Singapore in 2013 and again in Tokyo in 2014 where he won 2nd prize. Young composer Sayyid Shafiee represented Malaysia in last year's ACL Philippines 2015.




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