John Davis is leaving the Australian Music Centre after 32 years

John Davis

The ISCM has been alerted to the resignation of John Davis from his position of CEO of the Australian Music Centre (AMC).  Over 32 years working for the organization, the last 25 of which he held the position of CEO, John has actively facilitated transformation and fostered strength in the new music sectors across Australia…

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ISCM World New Music Days 2021 Call for Scores Announced

Shanghai City skyline

We are pleased to announce the official Call for Works for the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days 2021. Members are invited to submit scores/projects for the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days 2021, taking place in Shanghai and Nanning from September 17 – 20, 2021 (Shanghai)…

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ISCM Launches The Virtual Collaborative Series

Starting on November 23, 2020, the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) has launched a new Virtual Collaborative Series. All ISCM Sections and Associate Member Organizations in good standing are invited to submit up to 6 works by composers in their region to be considered for inclusion in this venture. The goal of the ISCM,…

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In Memoriam Octavian Nemescu (1940-2020)

Octavian Nemescu sitting next to a piano.

Octavian Nemescu, a name that made history in Romanian music, has left us. He was one of the most original Romanian composers, leaving behind him a benchmark, a unique and unmistakable musical creation. From spectral, archetypal or imaginary music, he burnt with passion for his ideas that he followed without divergence, without compromise. He believed…

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In Memoriam Stephan Dunkelman (1956-2020)

Stephan Dunkelman standing outside and holding his jacket on his arm,

Stephan’s spirit possessed an uncommon lightness, suppleness and expansiveness because it was blessed by something larger than life. As a wonderful composer, his music is replete with these qualities. But, Stephan’s gifts were multifold. He was also a wonderful person, highly intelligent, extremely generous, kind, loving, honest and decent while still remaining true to his…

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In Memoriam Sukhi Kang (1934-2020)

ISCM Honorary Member Sukhi Kang, a composer who is regarded as a master of contemporary Korean music, died of a chronic disease on 16 August 2020 at dawn, aged 86. Born in 1934, Kang was from Seoul and graduated from Seoul National University’s Department of Composition. In 1966, he released Korea’s first electronic music, Feast…

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ISCM World New Music Days 2020 Postponed

ANNOUNCEMENT – 16 March 2020 With much sadness, I must announce that the double festival of ISCM World New Music Days and Asian Composers League Festival cannot take place in 2020. We were very much looking forward to presenting this ambitious double festival for the first time in Aotearoa New Zealand. This difficult decision has…

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Due to travel restrictions and other measures that are evolving very quickly on a global scale, we are aware that most international visitors to New Zealand will be unable to travel to the ISCM2020 World New Music Days / Asian Composers League 2020 Festival. We are working through the implications with the Executive Committees of…

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