Sounding Now Festival 2019

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Sounding Now Festival 2019

Date: 12 Apr, 2019 - 14 Apr, 2019 , 9.00am
Location: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, 3 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117376

Sounding Now is a festival of contemporary music that brings together divergent contemporary practices with the goal of connecting people from different artistic communities in order to explore the ways their shared interests intersect. Presented by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, the festival brings together contemporary music of different approaches - concert music, installation, electronics, and improvisation.

Singapore-based contemporary music ensembles OpusNovus, Wu Xian, the Chinese chamber ensemble Ding Yi Music Company and US-based Passepartout Duo will perform at the festival. Saxophone Duo Landman/Stadler from Switzerland will be the ensemble-in-residence.

Running in parallel with the festival is a student composers' meeting that brings together participants from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory as well as partner schools. Students will participate in roundtables and workshops. Prior to the start of the festival, students will propose discussion topics and collectively choose five topics, which will each be discussed for 45 minutes in the roundtables. Student composers will also take part in three hours of workshops in experimental music realisation or improvisation and collaborative composition. Students from partner institutions will also be able to take lessons with YST composition instructors.

Participants should arrive in Singapore on Thursday 11 April 2019 ahead of the festival, and note that the final concert ends arond 9.00pm on Sunday 14 April when making departure arrangements. Overseas student participants will receive shared room accommodation as well as a per diem. Transport should be covered by the participant or their institution.

There are 12 spaces available for international student composers, which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Monday 4 February 2019. Please contact Dr Jun Yan CHOW at for student registrations.

Visit the Sounding Now blog for more information.

General Schedule of Events

Friday 12 April 2019

0900-0930: Welcome

0930-1200: Composers' Roundtable

1200-1400: Lunch

1400-1530: Presentation by Passepartout Duo

1930: Opening Concert

  • Performances by OpusNovus, Wu Xian, and Duo Landman/Stadler
  • Works by Peter Edwards, Martin Jaggi, and John Cage


Saturday 13 April 2019

0900-1200: Workshops

  • Option A: Improvisation and Collaborative Composition
  • Option B: Experimental Music Realisation

1500-1600: Generation Next Concert

1630-1730: Documentary and Works Presentation by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (performed by Wu Xian)

1930: Concert

  • Performances by OpusNovus, Wu Xian, and Duo Landman/Stadler
  • Works by György Kurtag, Giacinto Scelsi, Matias Far, Chen Yi, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir

2100: Open Spaces - 60-minute improvisation


Sunday 14 April 2019

1000-1400: Private lessons with YST Composition instructors for student composers

1500: Regional Currents - A concert of works for Chinese chamber ensemble (performed by the Ding Yi Music Company)

1630: Concert

  • Performances by the Passepartout Duo

1930: Final Concert

  • Performances by OpusNovus, Wu Xian, and Duo Landman/Stadler
  • Works by Jürg Frey, Richard Carrick, Chow Jun Yan, Morton Feldman, and Paul Clift

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