19 November 2019
Australian works at the ISCM 2020 festival in New Zealand
[Article updated 2 March 2020 - individual submissions; ELISION concerts. Postponement to 2022.]
Works by Australian composers Stephen Adams and Pedro Alvarez will be included in the ISCM World New Music Days program in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, the festival has been moved to 2022 - a prestigious timing as this will also be the centenary year of the International Society for Contemporary Music.
Stephen Adams's work Piano in a field of recordings (2014) and Alvarez's Acrisolares (2015) for piccolo flute, tenor saxophone, vibraphone and piano were both selected from the Australian ISCM section's official submission. View the full list of selected works (pdf).
The program will also include a performance of Dominik Karski's work motion + form (2003) for percussion, harp and double bass, submitted individually by the composer. Karski's work will be performed by ELISION Ensemble, whose three concerts at the festival (two in Auckland, one in Christchurch) will also include Liza Lim's works Extinction Events (2017) for large ensemble, and Roda - The living circle (2017) for trumpet; Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh's solo flute work 3.6 (2019) as well as her brand-new work Cumulus (2020) for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano and double bass; and Cat Hope's The Aesthetics of Disappearance (2019) for electric lap-steel guitar, organ, percussion, and three low strings.
Final program for the original 2020 festival was also meant to include some works from the Asian Composers League festival program, an event will take place in Christchurch during the final days of the ISCM festival. The 2022 arrangements are yet to be confirmed.
> International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) (www.iscm.org)
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