C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface



NewMusicSA Report 2009


NewMusicSA celebrated its tenth anniversary in May so it is fitting that 2009 has proved to be a very active year for the organisation.


Fundraising Concerts

Fiona Tozer organised ‘Music Today’, a NewMusicSA fundraiser concert that was held in Durban on 28 March. The co-operation of many musicians led to a successful event that boosted NMSA’s profile and we hope forged new links.


The Bow Project

Michael Blake co-ordinated the Bow Project tour, which saw the Nightingale Quartet from Denmark and Mantombi Matotiana perform a selection of pieces from the Bow Project’s history combined with new pieces written especially for the event. The tour went well and made it possible for audiences across the country hear contemporary music of high quality and the traditional bow music that had inspired it. A CD release of the recording sessions that took place towards the end of the tour is planned.  We would like to thank beverage producer Distell for their financial contribution to this project as well as all the partner institutions involved.


New Music Indaba and other workshop projects

Fresh Connections, the 2009 New Music Indaba that took place in October was the third to be based at University of South Africa in Pretoria. We are grateful to the University as well as the Southern African Music Rights Organisation and Business and Arts South Africa for their contributions to make this event possible.  The Growing Composers’ Workshops at this event were led by composers Hannes Taljaard and Jürgen Bräuninger.  The resident ensemble was The Chamber Music Company from London with guest singers Siyabonga Maqungo, Hanli Stapela and Melissa Gerber. Concerts were also presented by Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander and the Chamber Choir of South Africa, directed by Michael Dingaan.

Robert Fokkens has been working on links with the South African National Youth Orchestra that resulted this year in Cameron Harris leading a short 1½ day workshop on orchestration for local composers.


Composer Residency at the Visby International Composers’ Centre (VICC)

This one-month residency is the fruit of an exchange agreement between NMSA and the Swedish-Gotland ISCM section.  We are very grateful to them for providing accommodation and a studio for free.  Lloyd Prince and James Webb were the successful NMSA applicants who went in early 2009. The project continues this year and we are very grateful to Prof. Christine Lucia for its coordination.


World Music Days

Pieces by Graeme Lees, Angie Mullins and Braam du Toit, chosen by our local jury to be considered by the international jury for inclusion in the 2010 World Music Days in Australia.

Robert Fokkens’s violin concerto, An Interesting Morning Near East London was performed at the  2009 World Music Days in Sweden.  Robert was also our delegate at the General Assembly and met with Lars Graugaard and Arthur van der Drift (Treasurer and Secretary General of the ISCM, respectively) during this occasion.