The ISCM Virtual Collaborative Series

Virtual collaborative series - from the ISCM members

The COVID-19 pandemic has made online activity more crucial than ever before by hindering numerous live events, many concerts included. Now is the right time to strengthen the online presence of contemporary music!

The goal of the project is to foster presence and coverage of contemporary music online via social media. We should not bear with just being overshadowed by popular and commercial music. Instead, let’s tease and entertain an audience looking for a new musical experience into getting acquainted with the best contemporary music available.

We hope that our social media project will, in its small way, help to motivate accessible discussions online, keeping our community more engaged. We also hope that our Facebook Showcases will build bridges between  different types of contemporary music, composed and performed in various regions of the World.

We look forward to making available internet wide all this exciting music and to nurturing a new audience for it!

– Irina Hasnas

[Ed. note: 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 newly launched ISCM Virtual Collaborative Series. There will be a new work posted every day during the first week of the launch and thereafter new works will be posted on an ongoing basis. Please come back to this site often to listen in as new works are added or to listen again to works that have already been posted. – FJO]

Menachem Zur

Menachem Zur: Septet

(Submitted by ISCM – ISRAELI SECTION) Menachem Zur was born in Israel in 1942. He has composed over 180 works, including chamber music (including 5 string quartets), vocal, symphonic (ten symphonies, nineteen concerti), electronic music, and two full-scale operas. In 2001 he was awarded the ACUM (Israeli ASCAP) prize for life-achievements and the Prime minister’s…

Midori Takashima

Midori Takashima: By the lake…

(Submitted by ISCM – JAPANESE SECTION) Midori Takashima (b. 1954) studied composition at Tokyo University of the Arts. I also completed the master course. In addition, she attended and studied at the Darmstadt Music Festival. Her chamber music and chamber symphony works have been featured in concerts hosted by the Japan Society for Contemporary Music. She…

Jasper Van Paemel

Jasper Van Paemel: About Elephants

(Submitted by ISCM – FLEMISH SECTION) Jasper Vanpaemel (b. 1986) is a Belgium-based artist, working in the field of contemporary music composition and interdisciplinary multimedia set-up development. As a freelance composer Jasper made 30+ compositions, both solo and ensemble pieces. His works have been awarded by The Stephan De Jonghe piano competition 2014, ISCM World Music…

Leslie Hinger

Lesley Hinger: Bleary

(Submitted by ISCM – CANADIAN SECTION) Lesley Hinger (b. 1983 in Canada) writes music that shimmers and glows and floats and crunches and spins out, and does other things too. Her works have been performed and workshopped across North America and Europe by various ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Arditti String Quartet, Sound…

Dan Dediu

Dan Dediu: A Mythological Bestiary

(Submitted by ISCM – ROMANIAN SECTION) Dan Dediu (b. 1967, Brăila) studied composition in Bucharest with Ștefan Niculescu and Dan Constantinescu, and in Vienna with Francis Burt. Various composition and research grants (Herder and A. Berg, Vienna; Ircam, Paris; New Europe College, Bucharest; Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin; Villa Concordia, Bamberg) played a decisive role in his development…

Helga Arias

Helga Arias: Milk spilt on a stone

(Submitted by Musikagileak) Helga Arias (b. 1984, in Bilbao, Basque country) studied composition with Mario Garuti (Conservatorio G.Verdi Milan) and Beat Furrer (Kuntsuniversität Graz) and computer music with Javier Torres Maldonado (Conservatorio A. Boito Parma) and Karlheinz Essl (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien). Her music has been performed in several festivals and music…

Alexander Schubert (pixelated)

Alexander Schubert: Codec Error

(Submitted by ISCM – GERMAN SECTION) Alexander Schubert (born 1979 in Bremen) studied bioinformatics in Leipzig and Multimedia Composition with Georg Hajdu and Manfred Stahnke in Hamburg. During his studies he has worked as a musician and composer in a variety of different environments. In addition, Schubert worked at the ZKM (Centre for Art and…

Sofia MARTINEZ

Sofía Martínez: Siempre Todavía

(Submitted by Musikagileak) Sofía Martínez (b. 1965) was born in Vitoria (Basque Country) and studied composition with Carmelo Bernaola and Emmanuel Nunes (Romainville, France). She conducted the Pf. Choir (Paris), was an organist at the lutherian “Eglise Trinité” (Paris) and stayed at the Spanish Academy in Rome. She taught music at the “Conservatoire de Paris…

Paul Stanhope

Paul Stanhope: Agnus Dei (Do not stand at my grave and weep)

(Submitted by ISCM – AUSTRALIAN SECTION) Paul Stanhope (b. 1969) is a Sydney-based composer and a leading figure in his generation. He has had prominent performances of his works in the UK, Europe, Asia as well as North and South America. After studies with Peter Sculthorpe, Paul studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London….

Michiko Fukazawa

Michiko Fukazawa: Prisme

(Submitted by ISCM – JAPANESE SECTION) Michiko Fukazawa was born in Japan. She has received Diploma from Osaka College of Music, then l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and also the Certificate from Conservatoire d’Annecy. Her piece Lemminkainen’s Mother for string orchestra was performed by the Vancouver New Music String Orchestra on November 3 2017, ISCM…