Songr for Orchestra (2014) by Norwegian composer Jan Erik MIKALSEN (born 1979) and Cancro (2015) for symphony orchestra by young Slovenian composer Matej BONIN (born 1986) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15, 2015. A flagship programme of the International Music Council, this year's IRC edition was for the first time in the history of the IRC co-organised by Estonian Public Broadcasting in the framework of a Creative Europe co-funded project named Rostrum+.
Further to the selection of his work "Abismo al Abismo" in the under 30 category of the IRC in 2011, young Argentinean composer Juan Pablo Nicoletti was awarded a commission by IMC and Radio France. "Qhapaqkunap" was recorded in Paris in 2014 and it is now available for streaming. A polyphonic composition which is an homage to the very first choral work of South America and reconnects the ancestral story of the continent with the contemporary world.
Paris, December 10, 2014 - A funding application for the project "Empowering African youth to harness the potential of the music sector as enabler and driver of development" submitted by the IMC to the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity has been approved today by the 8th Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
UNESCO is undertaking an important review of the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. This is a timely and valuable exercise that will help provide current data regarding the status of the artist nationally, regionally and globally, and which will be reflected in a consolidated report to be presented to the UNESCO General Conference in 2015. A Survey is therefore being sent to all UNESCO Member States as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and other civil society organizations.
The International Music Council – as NGO official partner of UNESCO – has been invited by the UNESCO Secretariat to participate in the above-mentioned survey. Therefore, we would like to encourage all member organisations of the IMC to also contribute to this important exercise. All relevant information is available below in English, French and Spanish. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2015.
All contributions big or small do carry their weight. Do not miss this opportunity to make your voice heard.
In the wake of the cultural renaissance launched by the African Union since 2008, the African Music Council (AMC) – regional group of the International Music Council – organized the 11th session of the African Music Rostrum in the framework of the 5th edition of « FEUX DE BRAZZA ».
The African Music Rostrum was initiated in 1975 and is bound to highlight the music of the African continent by means of the radio, taking into account not only the continent's diversity and the wealth of musical traditions as a whole, but also the various popular and art music styles which were inspired by these traditions.
The competition is open to every musician and music institution and association in Africa. The music could be submitted in one of the following categories:
- Traditional African music
- Urban popular music
- Folk music
- Western classical music
- Experimental music
56 entries were received by the Secretariat for this year's edition. A pre-selection by the Technical Secretariat of the Rostrum led to a shortlist of 21 entries in 3 categories which was submitted to the appreciation of an international jury composed of:
Josephine MOKWUNYEI (Nigeria), President
Felicité BOSSIBIAKA (Congo)
Prosper GOGOYI AKOUEGNON (Benin)
Joe TABULA (Uganda)
Tony VAN DER EECKEN (Belgium)
Fred ZINDI (Zimbabwe)
After listening and deliberation, the jury decided to grant two prizes.
Category African traditional music: AGLANME JAZZ by Don Metok (Benin)
Category Urban popular music: SITYA LOSS by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda).
These two artists will be promoted by the African Music Council over the next years.
The African Music Rostrum is an activity of the African Music Development Programme, a three-year project aiming to help building a sustainable music sector in Africa. AMDP is led by the International Music Council with Feux de Brazza and the African Music Council among its partners.
The African Music Development Programme is implemented with the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The International Music Council, in partnership with Busara promotion, and within the framework of the African Music development program, wishes to promote exchanges in the African music sector and networking between young professionals and music festivals across the continent.
From December 15th to February 20th, two young professionals will be sent to Zanzibar for a 2 month work placement at the Sauti za Busara Festival.
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