News: Two composers selected for DAR 2017
Meet the DAR 2017 composers!
We are delighted to announce that Jobina Tinnemans and Andrew Crossley have been selected for DAR 2017 - a residency and commission opportunity designed by The Lithuanian Composers’ Union and AIR KREMS.
The selected composers will each develop a new work for Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis and will participate in an international residency programme in Druskininkai, Lithuania in the summer of 2017.
The new work created by each composer will be premiered in Vilnius, Lithuania on 14 August 2017 following a two week residency period.
Andrew Crossley studied composition at the Royal College of Music, and is currently undertaking an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of Westminster. His current research and work concern the philosophy of the Kyoto School, with a particular focus on how their understanding of absolute nothingness as the Buddhist concept of emptiness can be mobilized as the basis of a radical artistic praxis. He lives and works in London.
"I am extremely humbled to have been selected for this wonderful opportunity at DAR. I can’t wait to share ideas with and learn from my fellow musicians and artists in such a beautiful setting, and I’m particularly excited to work with the fantastic Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis on a new piece. I am confident it will be a great chance to experiment and grow as an artist!"
Jobina Tinnemans is a contemporary composer working in crossover disciplines of electronics, classical music and contemporary art. She integrates analogue and digital, lo-fi and high end processes, as well as musique concrète or performers from non-contextual communities. All possible technical ways to emotionally express sounds she hears in natural soundscapes, such as microtonal textures by rustling grasses or the dramatic sounds of the elements. Jobina Tinnemans is internationally recognised for her works such as ‘Shakespeare and Hedgeshear’ for table tennis players and people trimming hedges which represented the UK at the ISCM World Music Days ’14; her MATA New York commission ‘Killing Time’ for prepared knitting needles and chamber ensemble; Sound And Music ‘Embedded’ commission for the Apartment House ensemble titled ’Turner Piece’ for strings and page turners; Moving Classics’ commission in collaboration with South Iceland Chamber Choir ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’ for voice and electronics and her latest commission for the Icebreaker ensemble. www.jobinatinnemans.com
"Thank you very much for the opportunity to work with the ensemble Synaesthesis during the DAR residency in Lithuania. I’m very pleased, as it enables me to continue on developing my concept writing page turners! Natural environments are a major influence to my work, I’m looking forward what Druskininkai is going to evoke."
About Lithuanian Composers’ Union
Aiming to encourage international cultural exchange and cooperation between artists from different genres and countries, the Lithuanian Composers' Union initiated the International A.I.R. (Artist-In-Residence) Programme in 2011 with the financial support from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. In 2012 this programme adopted a new name DAR (Druskininkai Artists' Residence).
For more information of the DAR residency programme
About A.I.R KREMS
It is a multi-disciplinary program for architects, visual artists, musicians and writers. In order to promote international exchange, the federal state of Lower Austria has initiated an artist-in-residence program, for which it has set up five studio apartments and a large common room on the top floor of the former carpet factory within the Art Mile in Krems (Kunstmeile Krems). In order to ensure diversity and a vibrant atmosphere among the studios, the program will award its scholarships to artists from the fields of visual arts, literature, architecture and music. These studio apartments, which have housed artists from many different countries since 2000, serve as temporary living and working spaces and provide the opportunity for both international and interdisciplinary exchange.
Find out more about our International Residencies