Music Current 2017 Calls for Participants

Dublin Sound Lab invites composers of any age or nationality, with experience or interest in electronic composition and performance, to participate in Music Current 2017.

Composers are invited to submit new or existing works for soprano in combination with tape, computer or live electronics. As many as eight composers will be selected to participate in workshops and masterclasses with the esteemed English composer Christopher Fox. Submitted works will be considered for public performance on the final day of the festival, when one of the participating composers will be awarded a the IMRO/Music Current Commission of €2,500 for new work to be premiered at Music Current 2018. Participating composers will attend all festival
concerts, and will take part in the masterclasses and workshops at the Contemporary Music Centre and Smock Alley Theatre Dublin.

Masterclasses and Workshops
Thursday 27 April, 2–4pm: Welcome and Presentation by Christopher Fox (CMC Library)
Presentation by festival composer, Christopher Fox, concerning his own recent work, relevant to festival programme, and with reference to use of electronics in his work.

Thursday 27 April, 5pm: Music Current Festival Launch (CMC Library)
Festival launch with invited guests, festival composer Christopher Fox, participant composers, Elizabeth Hilliard, Klank, and Dublin Sound Lab.

Friday 28 April, 10am–5pm: Masterclass workshop with soprano Elizabeth Hilliard & Christopher Fox (CMC Library)
During this day-long workshop, all selected works will be trialled and workshopped. Elizabeth Hilliard and Christopher Fox will discuss technical and performance-related issues relevant to the selected works in a friendly discursive session involving all participant composers.

Friday 28 April, 6pm: Public Panel Discussion: Where Next for Electronic Music? (CMC Library)
Discussion with festival composers and guest speakers on future directions for electronic concert music. Panel includes Elizabeth Hilliard, Klank, Christopher Fox and will be moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC. Audience members and concert-goers welcome to participate.

Saturday 29 April, 10am–1pm: Technical workshop (Smock Alley Theatre)
Alexis Nealon (sound engineer) will discuss technical and performance-related issues relevant to the participant composers’ works in preparation for afternoon’s open rehearsal and concert. Workshop is open to all participant composers whether or not their piece features electronic forces.

Saturday 29 April, 2pm–4pm: Rehearsal of participant works by Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano) (Smock Alley
Works by participant composers will be rehearsed in advance of the public performance, at New Voices, in this year’s Music Current festival. Following the concert, we will announce the IMRO/Music Current Commission award.

Participant Composers can also avail of:
● Audio recording of the concert performance of their work
● Free Entrance to four concerts and all Music Current 2017 events and presentations
● Contemporary Music Centre Travel Bursary to cover travel costs within the island of Ireland

Applications close 13 March 2017

How to Apply

To apply to take part in Music Current 2018 as a participant composer, please follow these guideline on submission materials, deadlines and fee.

Please forward the following materials by email:

● One score for soprano in combination with tape, computer or live electronics, to be submitted in PDF format
● Links to audio recordings or other relevant online media. Please do not send audio files as email
● A one-page biography or CV
● A short expression of interest concerning your experience or work in electronic music composition and performance


● Applications must be emailed to ei.baldnuosnilbud@ofni by 13 March 2017 at the latest.
● Selected composers will be notified before 27 March 2017 .

The selection committee (Gráinne Mulvey (Head of Composition, DIT), Evonne Ferguson (Director, Contemporary Music Centre), Fergal Dowling (Director, Dublin Sound Lab)) will invite as many as eight of the applicant composers to participate in Music Current 2018.


● Application is free, but places will be strictly limited.
● Composers selected to participate will be asked to pay a €75 participation fee (by electronic transfer) before 10 April 2017 .
● Members of the Association of Irish Composers may apply to have their participation fee paid by an AIC Music Current Bursary. If you wish to apply for this, please mention so in your application.

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