Deterritorializing / Call for Scores & Proposals

Temi Salau

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Anoush Moazzeni, with the support of the Canadian Music Centre and IFCA (Iranian Female Composers Association), is calling for one-minute pieces (existing/new works, or proposals) composed by West Asian Composers. The theme of this call is: “Deterritorializing the realm of new music”. Pieces will be performed by Anoush Moazzeni, and can feature piano & objects + electronics and/or spoken word, poems, and voice.

Selected works and proposals would be presented in concert at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto, Canada, in spring 2021—the performance is currently planned as a livestream presentation as part of the #TogetherAtHome online series.

Eligibility: Composers of any age, and career stage who identify as West Asian (including those in the diaspora). In particular, this call encourages women and persons identifying as LGBTQI2+ to submit their works.

List of Countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Emirates, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Palestine, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Deadline: October 15, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

Submission: Materials will be submitted through an online form.

Submission Criteria:

  • Existing and proposed works must be 60 seconds in length or less
  • Existing and proposed pieces should be written for the available instrumentation (combinations of piano + objects and/or electronics, and/or spoken word, poems, and voice)
  • Text can include various languages: Arabic, Armenian, Deutsch, English, Farsi, French & Turkish
  • For proposed works, we ask that composers provide a sample work and a written statement of intent regarding the project
  • For existing works, we ask that composers provide a short program note to accompany the score/instructions of the piece
  • Applicants will also provide a short bio (50 words)

Timeline & Expectations:

  • Composers will be notified of selections one month after the deadline
  • Organizers can provide letters of support for composers pursuing commissioning funds
  • Organizers will be finding out about results of grant applications in February 2021, and will communicate with selected composers about financial honoraria
  • The date of the performance will be finalized in early 2021, aiming for a date in April 2021.
  • Organizers will prepare contingencies for any changes to the project timeline that result from the pandemic response and required health measures.
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