Thursday, September 11, 2008

IRMS 2009 is a fact

In a meeting this week at the Norwegian Academy of Music, it was unanimously decided that we will carry this year´s symposium into next year and make it tradition.

The Norwegian State Academy itself will dedicate its composition and jazz departments to the development of subject matter for the symposium, and we will attempt to include all the lessons learned from this year´s pioneering effort with our colleagues from School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn.

Next time around there will be an increased focus on compositional processes, and we will attempt to pre-qualify composers earlier in the selection process. An early pre-production week with the orchestra for composers at the state academy will be held in Spring 2009.

Application deadline for 2009 is June 1st. 2009. The IRMS 2009 will be held in Oslo, 11th-17th of August 2009. Stay tuned for more details.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NWE and Matt Postle at Huddersfield

By happy accident (luck is being ready when opportunity arises...), The NWE will be visiting Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008 with a new piece for the NWE and POING, by Eivind Buene, alongside one of the student participants at this year´s IRMS; Matt Postle.

From what we understand, Matt Postle will be performing a solo recital at this year´s HCMF, alongside of the NWE´s premiere of Buene´s custom creation for NWE and POING.

Matt attended the first IRMS in August, and performed as improvising soloist with the NWE, based on student composer Agnes Pettersen´s piece "Grums", during the symposium.

Maybe Huddersfield will allow an encore?