Composer’s Colloquia Special Topics

Composers’ Colloquia 2017 edition:

 Regular response year after year regards the Composers’ Colloquia as “one of the most distinctive and invigorating moments in the festival”. These presentations are intended to provide space and exchange on relevant topics in our profession, allowing presenters to reflect and mature standpoint that will ideally inform and (re)orient his/her artistic trajectory, while at the same time shedding light on relevant topics and questions of our generation.

Accepted applicants will be assigned to one of two tracks by the committee (this decision and placement will be based on the quality of each applicant that are best suited for the exchange among this year’s candidates).

the tracks are:

  • Performance with the ensemble in residence
  • Composers’ Colloquia **

Focus Topics:

1) How has the sense of performance (which we all inherit from the secular Western tradition) changed in recent times? How would you characterize the sound(s) of new music and the act of its performance? Are there trends/categories that can be clearly identifiable in the new music panorama? Does your music present such traits, and if so, how does your music/aesthetics benefit from these? Is it important for you to write music that is regarded as original/personal? What makes music personal/original?

2) What is the role of expression in new music? What, if anything, does your music express and how? Is this something you should be concerned about?

further considerations:

“SOUND is what unifies human beings in the celebration of the common act of listening, it aspires to become a moment of Revelation”. P. Billone

Music is a form of thought, capable of eliciting ineffable truths and irreplaceable stances; hence music is a form of knowledge.

Considering the notion, the practice of sound in communion, as a form of knowledge (which comes from our Western tradition), what space and rank does the current sound culture offers to this fundamental aspect?