*PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed due to the student protests at Wits University. Details of new date and time will be announced*
The study of music composition at Wits University takes multiple forms; from contemporary concert music for acoustic instruments, to electroacoustic music, and music for screen media (television, film, games). The Composers’ Concert is a showcase of work by three of the Division of Music’s composition lecturers, and presents new work in a range of styles.
Chris Letcher will present four songs in which the influence of his work as a film composer is evident; compositions for marimba and soprano, piano and voice, and a part-electronic piece in which strings, brass and orchestral percussion merge with found sounds, ambient street noises and overheard speech.
Andile Khumalo’s work explores the idea of space as a way of defining time perception. The perceived time space and the experienced sound space are juxtaposed to each other in order to create a dialogue between these musical spaces. This juxtaposition creates a new sound space in which each musical sound is to be perceived and understood. The two works for clarinet and piano presented in this concert seek to locate the sound of these instruments within a 21st century sound world without the use of electronics.
A new work for solo marimba augmented by immersive electronics by Cameron Harris in which all the expanded sounds emanate from the acoustic instrument completes the line-up.
Performers will include Peter Cartwright (piano), Morné van Heerden (clarinet), Ilze Coetzee (soprano) and Magda de Vries (marimba).
Andile Khumalo holds a Masters’ degree from Musikhochschule Stuttgart (Germany) and a Doctoral degree from Columbia University (New York City) where he worked under the supervision of Prof. George Lewis and Tristan Murail. His music has been performed and presented at festivals around the world, such as New Music Indaba, Grahamstown Festival (South Africa), Forum Neue Musik (Köln, Germany), Royaumont “Voix Nouvelles”, Festival de Automne (Paris, France), International Society of Contemporary Music (Hong Kong), Takefu International Music Festival (Japan) and in the United states by ensembles such as Sontonga String quartet, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Baikonur, International Contemporary Ensemble (New York), members of Ensemble Vortex, Talea Ensemble, Wet-Ink Ensemble, Ensemble 20/21,Empyrean Ensemble (California, USA), Ensemble L’Instant Donné and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Cameron Harris is a British composer and oboist who has lived in South Africa since 2006. Cameron studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and Pennsylvania with composers including Nigel Osborne, John Casken, James Primosch and Jay Reise. In America he was the recipient of a Thouron and a Benjamin Franklin fellowship. He also won the Network for New Music Composition Competition in Philadelphia and the David Halstead Composition Prize. In 2007 he performed at the Ostrava festival (Czech Republic), which included works by Stockhausen and Ustvolskaya and the premiere of Quodlibet by Christian Wolf. His orchestral work, Three Night Pieces, was also read at the festival.
Chris Letcher is a film composer and songwriter. His music for film and television has been widely screened around the world, most recently winning an award for Best Score for the forthcoming drama Sink. Other recent film music scoring projects include a score for Ntshaveni wa Luruli’s Elelwani, Zee Ntuli’s Hard to Get, and the BBC’s The Challenger starring William Hurt. As a songwriter he has toured widely including performances at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, NXNW in Toronto, and tours of Europe and the US. He has a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Royal College of Music and an MMus in composition from Trinity College of Music.
Free parking is available in Senate House; the entrance is on Jorissen Street, Braamfontein
VENUE: Wits Great Hall, East Campus, Braamfontein
DATE: *POSTPONED* New date and time to be advised
RUNNING TIME: Sixty minutes no interval.
Full price = R80.00; discount price = R55.00 (students, pensioners and Wits staff).
DOOR: Tickets are available at the door. Full price = R85.00; discount price = R60.00 (students, pensioners and Wits staff).
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