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]

Mladen Tarbuk

Mladen Tarbuk: Twist

(Submitted by ISCM – CROATIAN SECTION) Mladen Tarbuk (b. 1962), one of the most versatile composers and conductors of his generation, developed his music career in many directions. He has composed 90 works, ranging from chamber music to large symphonic forms, or pieces for music theatre. Their performances gained a wide international resonance and enthusiasm…

Kyla-Rose Smith

Kyla-Rose Smith: Here Again

(Submitted by ISCM – SOUTH AFRICA SECTION) Kyla-Rose Smith (b. 1982) is an acclaimed performer, violinist, and multimedia artist, best known for her work as violinist and backing singer with Freshlyground, South Africa’s premier Afropop band. She has toured extensively inside and beyond South Africa and garnered many awards including seven South African Music Awards…

Zygmunt Krauze (photo by Adam Stępień, Agencja Gazeta)

Zygmunt Krauze: The Declaration

(Submitted by ISCM – POLISH SECTION) Composer and pianist Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938) divides his work into four categories: the first is unistic (unitary) music inspired by the paintings of Władysław Strzemiński; the second – spatial compositions performed in specially constructed interiors; the third – “music about music”, characterized by the presence of allusions and…

Doina Rotaru

Doina Rotaru: Jyotis

(Submitted by ARFA) Doina Rotaru (b. 1951, Bucharest) studied composition with Stefan Niculescu and Tiberiu Olah at the National University of Music, Bucharest. In 1991, she was the recipient of a composer’s scholarship from the Hague Conservatory, where she studied with Theo Loevendie. In 1997, she was awarded a PhD in Musicology for her thesis on…

Constantine A. Lignos

Constantine A. Lignos: Chelidonaki

(Submitted by ISCM – GREEK SECTION) Constantine A. Lignos (b. 1948) studied at the Greek Conservatory and privately with J. A. Papaioannou. He also did post-graduate studies in London (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) and participated in seminars with W. Lutoslawski and H.W. Henze. Lignos has written music for theatre, cinema, electroacoustic pieces, chamber…

Sachie Kobayashi

Sachie Kobayashi: Les cieux roulent des yeux

(Submitted by ISCM – SWISS SECTION) Sachie Kobayashi (b. 1990) now takes an interest in more intuitive creation and musical expression related to social phenomena. She started her career as a composer while complementing her research as her second master in education of music theory at Haute école de musique de Genève after completing her…

Krzysztof Knittel

Krzysztof Knittel: AD-W 2014

(Submitted by ISCM – POLISH SECTION) Krzysztof Knittel (b. 1947 in Warsaw) studied sound engineering and composition at the Frederic Chopin State Higher School of Music in Warsaw with Tadeusz Baird, Andrzej Dobrowolski and Włodzimierz Kotoński. Now he is professor emeritus of the Fryderyk Chopin Music University where he was teaching composition and interactive improvisation.He…

Hilat Ben Kennaz

Hilat Ben Kennaz: Sweet and Sour

(Submitted by ISCM – ISRAELI SECTION) Hilat Ben-Kennaz (b. 1970) finished her Master’s Degree in Composition in Tel-Aviv University, with top academic of honors, under the guides of Prof. Leon Schidlowsky. Her compositions, which have been commissioned by the America-Israel Culture foundation, the “Israel Contemporary Players”, “Fragment ” Ensemble and “Meitar” Ensemble, have been performed…

Ania Vu

Ania Vu: Tik Tak

(Submitted by the Vietnam Contemporary Music Centre [VCMC]) Ania Vu (née Vũ Đặng Minh Anh), b. 1994, writes music that explores the interplay between the sound properties and meanings of the words, musical energy related to form, and varied notions of time. he is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a Composer Fellow…

Daan Janssens

Daan Janssens: (…dans son presque silence…)

(Submitted by ISCM – FLEMISH SECTION) Daan Janssens (born in Bruges in 1983) studied composition at the Ghent Conservatory with Frank Nuyts, Godfried-Willem Raes and Filip Rathé. He visited several international composition seminars and master classes. Since October 2016, he has taught composition and orchestration at the Royal Conservatory Ghent. Janssens has collaborated with both Belgian…