20 May 2016

34th ACL Conference and Festival in Vietnam this October

The 34th ACL Conference and Festival will be held at the Asian Music Festival (AMF) 2016 in Vietnam in conjunction with the  2nd Asia - Europe New Music Festival from October 12–18, 2016 in Hanoi and Vinh Yen city (Vinh Phuc province).

It is seven days of events aimed at providing enjoyment for a broad variety of audiences, composers and musicians. The festival is organised by the Vietnam Musicians’ Association.

Performers: Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Choir of Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of Vietnam National Academy of Music, Military University of Culture and Arts, Choir of the National University of Art Education and others.

The festival has called for scores for orchestra, chamber, solo piano and mixed ensemble with Vietnamese instruments.

The call for scores in the field of electroacoustic music will be released before May 31, 2016.


5 May 2016

Ainolnaim Azizol wins 3rd prize at the New Recorder Music 2016 in Lausanne

Kuantan-based composer Ainolnaim Azizol, who won 2nd prize at the ACL Festival in Japan in 2014, has won 3rd prize at the New Recorder Music 2016 in Lausanne for his piece Nadi Bumi for amplified solo alto recorder.

No stranger to the international scene, Ainolnaim also took 3rd prize for a string quartet competition in Cologne some years back.

In Nadi Bumi the composer takes his experimental style a step further exploring various techniques for the alto recorder and fashioning a piece that gives broad freedom to the performer to 'compose' the piece by selecting the order in which the segments of the piece is to be played.

It is also telling that the composer marks the mood of the piece as 'primitive', using the recorder to evoke primal sounds.

The UiTM lecturer joins composers from around the world who had submitted compositions for recorder music, and the results will be premiered at a concert on September 24 in Lausanne.

KLEX 2016: Spark - Experimental music and film festival call for submissions

The 7th edition of KLEX - Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival is looking for submissions! This year, our theme is “SPARK”. Use it as a hint or a source of inspiration and imagination. We’re awaiting your new work, starting from NOW!

Festival Dates: late November 2016
Call Release Date: 30 March 2016
Submission Deadline: 30 May 2016


2 May 2016

Rebels Without A Pause - Interview with EMACM's Kok Siew Wai

Audio anarchy in Kuala Lumpur - Off The Edge interviews Kok Siew Wai, vocal artist from the Experimental Musicians and Artists Co-operative Malaysia (EMACM).

In the poorly lit loft of Central Market's Annexe, looking through the huge glass windows at the clogged Klang River, the great white elephant Dayabumi looming over it and the city, we wait. It is almost surreal to be seated on plastic chairs in this quiet space where dance beats and disco queens used to throb to laser lights and smoke machines.

Well, the laser lights will make a comeback towards the end of the concert, but what really gets me upright is a rag tag bunch of folks who look like they are slumming a pasar malam for recyclables on a Sunday morning. Hey, that guy is holding a clarinet, and he's not even in an evening suit. Is that sort of thing permissible?

Hell, why not. He lets his horn rip and bizarre squeaks and split notes rattle the foundations of what used to be Liquid Disco, and like the call of the piper, the merry band of noisemakers join in with their own instruments. Chaos.

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