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Call for Composer 2020

An interdisciplinary inclusive performance on the Convention of the Rights of the Child

We are looking for a composer who would like to be part of our artistic team in a collaboration between ShareMusic & Performing Arts and Swedish director Karin Styvers and NCA. Small Theater and the National Centre of Aesthetics in Yerevan, Armenia. Central to this project is the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child explored through theatre, dance, puppetry and music. 

Your role as composer

As the composer in this project you will be responsible for creating the music in a collaborative composition processThe artistic team will include director Karin Styvers alongside a choreographer, a puppet maker and set designer, and a lighting designer. 

The composer will need to allocate approximately 10–15 days to Sweden and/or Armenia for workshopsmeetings and rehearsals.

The ensemble

The core of the project is to create a new piece for an inclusive ensemble. The aim is to produce a Swedish-Armenian performance for children, staged in both countries. 

The music ensemble will consist of 3–6 disabled and non-disabled musicians who will be using devices and/or instruments within the field of music technologyThe music should be possible to perform live or prerecorded. Approximate duration of the performance is estimated to be 30 min. 

Time schedule 

  • Planning autumn/winter 2020–2021
  • Workshops spring 2021
  • Premiere late autumn 2021/spring 2022.

NOTE: The project will take place due to approved funding.  

Application 
  • Fill in this form.
  • Send your CV or resume to composer@sharemusic.se 
  • Answer to Karin’s request in the video by recording video, with a length of about 1 minute, with a short description of your main ideas in reference to the project. Send the video through WeTransfer to composer@sharemusic.se
  • One or several pieces, score as pdf file and recording as mp3 file. Send as attachment to CV/resume or through WeTransfer. The address is the same as above, composer@sharemusic.se
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 18 2020

Previous commissions:

Bits & Pieces

Within the project Bits & Pieces we took the next step in the development of music technology by creating several short music pieces. It was a continuation of our previous collaboration with Gageego where traditional instruments such as piano, cello and percussion instruments meet different types of digital technology. The aim of the project was to show how technology enables more people to create music while increasing awareness of inclusive work methods.

The first two pieces were created by the composers Karen Power (Ireland) and Tomas Hulenvik (Sweden), together with three musicians from Gageego and four people from ShareMusic.

Within the project we also did a residency at InterArts Center in Malmö, where we worked with students from the master’s programme at Malmö Music Academy.

Watch an interview with the students.

Further reading: Developing inclusive ensembles.

Shanghai – Opera and music theatre on new terms.

SHANGHAI was the result of a collaboration between the Gothenburg Opera and ShareMusic & Performing Arts. Artists from both ensembles contributed both on stage and in the artistic process behind the performance. The collaboration, which began in 2014, was based on the idea that people express themselves in different ways and that there is value in artistic diversity.

SHANGHAI is a story about breaking free and forging your own path. It is about ordinary people living ordinary lives. Feeling the stress of everyday problems, their fears for the future, all the while dreaming dreams lled with longing for something else. They begin to wonder who truly controls their lives. It seems as though someone other than themselves is governing how they should behave. A struggle begins. The struggle to become masters of their own lives.

Entertaining and thought-provoking, SHANGHAI elevates human voices and abilities in a groundbreaking dramatic experience that differs from anything we have ever heard before.

See also:
The work process behind Shanghai
An essay about Shanghai

Dawn at Galamanta

Dawn at Galamanta brought together the internationally renowned trombonist, composer and conductor Christian Lindberg, the Swedish Wind Ensemble and the choreographer Helene Karabuda. The original work was first presented in Stockholm’s Central Station in 2009 to a large audience and to a great acclaim, justifying the Ability Media International award ShareMusic & Performing Arts received in London 2010. Dawn at Galamanta was the centerpiece at the 50th anniversary of City of London Festival in 2012 and was also a part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The performance took place in Guildhall Great Hall, London and was reviewed in the London Times.
Watch a clip from the London performance here.

Hi-Hat Xpres

Hi-Hat Xpres is Share Music’s second commission piece in collaboration with the distinguished composer Nigel Osborne, the percussion ensemble Kroumata, the dance company SPINN and the choreographer Veera Suvalo Grimberg. The performance shows the thrilling journey through different eras and countries tracing the development of the instrument Hi-Hat, from the alchemist through to Led Zeppelin. Hi-Hat Xpres has been touring around Sweden and was part of the City of Culture Derry-Londonderry 2013.
Watch the teaser for Hi-Hat Xpres 

Mondgewächse

Mondgewächse is a piece where traditional instruments meet arts technology. It is a collaboration between international renowned composer Patricia Alessandrini and ShareMusic & Performing Arts. The piece explores the transformation of the relationship between the performer and the instrument, based on an idea by Alessandrini. The piece was performed by ensemble Gageego! from Gothenburg and the In:fluence Ensemble from Share Music.The premiere took place in Gothenburg Concert Hall in 2014.
Follow the process in the Mondgewächse blog

Call for Composer 2020