OSM New Music Week

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After the success of the first New Music weekend, Stefans Grove 90 (in collaboration with the ATKV, the Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns and DOMUS – Documentation Centre for Music, University of Stellenbosch) presented last year, the OSM Council identified the need for the development and exposure of New Music as a feasible niche within the larger strategy of the OSM. It was decided to include a yearly OSM NEW MUSIC WEEK on the concert calendar. It was exactly within this context that the OSM NEW MUSIC INITIATIVE was founded.
The designated composer for the OSM NEW MUSIC WEEK 2013, is OSM alumnus, Alfred Vorster http://www.alfredvorster.com (residing in Zurich, Switzerland).Vorster will be accompanied by Ensemble Trans.Z of which he is the artistic director.
Ensemble Trans.Z is a New Music ensemble with a strong multi-disciplinary approach. The application and integration of various artistic and non-artistic disciplines (e.g. science and arts) form the core of the performance process. The aim thereof is to encourage the audience to transcend the traditional concert setting. From the 17th to the 20th of July 2013 concertgoers and students will have the honour to explore and experience the endless possibilities provided by 21st century artistic practice, consisting of workshops, lectures, master classes and concerts.
The members of Ensemble Trans.Z are young experts (each with an impressive professional and artistic background), hailing from diverse cultural backgrounds.
♦ Alfred Vorster (artistic director & composer) South Africa
♦ Juan Maria Braceras (violin) Argentina
♦ Lukas Huisman (piano) Belgium
♦ Danré Strydom (clarinet) South Africa
♦ Karolina Öhman (cello) Sweden
Some members come from countries where New Music and contemporary arts receives high appreciation, priority and support from the public sector and concert audience, while other members come from societies where the contemporary arts are being met with ignorance and limited support. It is our objectives to nurture and foster such imbalances within the artistic hierarchies by celebrating and emphasizing the importance of New Music and contemporary art.
The newly founded New Music Ensemble from the NWU School of Music under the artistic direction of Augusto Arias has also been invited to participate during the 2013 OSM New Music Week. The ensemble will perform works by Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, Luciano Berio as well as Arias. NWU composer in residence, Dr Hannes Taljaard will participate in the lecture series with an analysis and embodied interpretation of some of his compositions. His lecture is entitled Compose-Understand-Listen.
The OSM Camerata (OSMC) is the flagship ensemble of the OSM. The main objective of this ensemble is to kindle the talents of exceptionally gifted musicians and pursuing the highest artistic standards possible. The OSMC has been invited to participate in the 13th International Conservatoire Festival to be hosted by the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, (Russia) towards the end of 2013.
The artistic director and chief conductor for 2013 is maestro Jan Moritz Onken described by Pierre Boulez as “an exceptional talent”. Onken was until recently employed at the Mariinsky Theatre (artistic director Valery Gergiev) as coach for German opera. Onken will be supported by Karol Legierski and Marianne Cilliers as sectional instructors.
Tickets are R110 (adults) and R70 (pensioners, students and learners) at Computicket or at the door.