Sounding Now Festival 2020

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Sounding Now Festival 2020

Date: 17 Apr, 2020 - 19 Apr, 2020 , 9.00am
Location: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University 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 (National University of Singapore), the festival brings together contemporary music of different approaches - concert music, installation, electronics, and improvisation. This year, we invite students studying either composition or percussion to join us.

Special guests are Steven Schick, percussion, and the Swiss-based piano quartet Mondrian Ensemble. Singapore-based contemporary music ensembles OpusNovus and Wu Xian will perform as well several of the top experimental music improvisers from Singapore. Additionally, percussion students from YST; UiTM, Shah Alam; and Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts (WAAPA) will perform along with their teachers Mario Choo, Max Riefer, and Tim White.

Running alongside the festival are student meetings that bring together participants from YST as well as its partner schools. Composition students participate in roundtable discussions on relevant contemporary music topics, and there will also be lessons with YST composition instructors. Percussion students will perform in a realisation of Fritz Hauser's Schaffur on the opening concert. There will also be open rehearsals to attend as well as presentations by percussionists Steven Schick and Max Riefer.

There are 12 funded spots available, which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registering is Monday, 4 February 2020.

Please contact Dr Jun Yan CHOW to register students (muscjy@nus.edu.sg). Funded participants will receive accommodation in a shared room and a per diem. Transport should be covered by the participant or their institution. We can also arrange accommodation for students who would like to attend the festival without funding for accommodation and per diem.

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