The 2017 Spectrum Music New Voices Composer Residency
Fresh Sounds from the Next Generation of Contemporary Jazz Writers in Canada.
Offered in partnership with Array Music.
The NVCR program allows a promising young composer the opportunity to develop and present a new work at an upcoming Spectrum concert through a guided mentorship process. The New Voices Composer Residency is aimed at composers at the high-school and undergraduate levels working in jazz, chamber jazz, and other crossover genres.
Workshop participants have the opportunity to work with Dr. Sundar Viswanathan, a multiple JUNO nominated saxophonist, vocalist, recording artist and composer who has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, and the USA. Musical associations from Jazz and World music arenas include the Grammy-nominated Charles Tolliver Big Band, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Neal Swainson, world band Jaffa Road, Kiran Ahluwalia, Rez Abbasi, Hip Hop artist GURU, and Dave Douglas. He currently leads his own jazz and world-music projects, Avataar, and Sundar Quartet. Avataar’s 2016 release ‘Petal’ has garnered positive reviews nationally and internationally in publications including Downbeat and Jazziz.
Fostering the next generation of contemporary jazz composers
All applicants are invited to attend the two-day workshop. Up to 10 composers will present their works for feedback, each of whom are selected through an application process reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. Chosen participants present their compositions and receive direct feedback from Dr. Viswanathan on relevant writing techniques and artistic considerations, as well as valuable insights from their peers.
In an accompanying session, the Spectrum composers will present their own works for the Spectrum collective, and cover a wide range of compositional techniques, artistic considerations, and practical considerations for the various ensembles. This allows the New Voices Composer in Residence candidates a more specific look at the music Spectrum presents and how it gets created.
At the end of the two-day workshop, one individual will be selected as the 2017 New Voices Composer and will be awarded the opportunity to compose a new work to be performed as part of Spectrum Music’s June 3, 2017 concert programme, Tales from Turtle Island. This individual will also receive a series of private lessons leading up to the concert, and mentorship sessions with the Spectrum composers. The concert will feature works by: Spectrum composers, guests, and the 2017 New Voices Composer.
The 2017 New Voices Composer is Kristian Podlacha! Kristian is a composer and pianist based in Toronto. His work has been performed by various ensembles in Toronto and spans jazz, contemporary classical and the creative music scene. As a keyboardist, he regularly performs in Toronto’s jazz and baroque scene, and is currently studying harpsichord at Tafelmusik Baroque Institute, and is currently incubating two exciting new projects combining classical, jazz and electronics to be debuted Fall 2017.
Application Fee: $0
Application Deadline: November 19th 2016
Participants Selected: December 31st 2016
Workshop fee: $40 (open to all applicants)
Workshop dates: January 21 & 22, 2017, 11am-5pm at Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto)
All participants will receive a ticket for Spectrum Music’s June 3 2017 concert, Tales from Turtle Island.
- Only original works will be accepted, no arrangements
- 2 contrasting works for any instrumentation
- PDF of full score (typed, not handwritten)
- Recording (midi rendering is fine) must be mp3 file
- Short description of each work
- Although lead sheet style compositions will be considered, preference will be given to students who demonstrate the ability to orchestrate for an ensemble of instruments.
All applicants must upload all required materials the Spectrum website and submit the application no later than midnight on Sunday, November 20, 2016 in order to be considered.
Applications are now closed; thanks for applying!