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]

Kristian Blak

Kristian Blak: Water & Stone

(Submitted by ISCM – FAROE ISLANDS SECTION) Kristian Blak (b. 1947) is involved in a wide range of musical activities. Based in the Faroe Islands, he composes for international classical ensembles, performs locally and tours internationally as a musician and band leader with jazz, folk and world music groups. His compositions include works for solo…


María Eugenia Luc: Jing

(Submitted by Musikagileak) María Eugenia Luc (b. 1958), Italian-Argentinian composer, is Artistic Director of the Kuraia Ensemble (Group of Contemporary Music) and professor at Musikene – Higher School of Music of the Basque Country. She studied composition in Argentina (National University), in Italy (Accademia Chigiana, Civica Scuola), and in France (University of Paris), receiving technical-aesthetic orientations under…

Wilbert Bulsink

Wilbert Bulsink: Spelingen

(Submitted by ISCM – NETHERLANDS SECTION) Wilbert Bulsink (b. 1983) is a composer and musician who enjoys discovering new combinations of sounds and new structures in music. His knowledge of and experience in classical and avant-garde music, music theatre, pop and improvisation influence his work. He is interested in combining new and old ways of…

Angela Del Ponte

Ângela da Ponte: Música para um ateliê

(Submitted by ISCM – PORTUGUESE SECTION) Ângela da Ponte (b. 1984) holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Aveiro (PT). Presently she lives in Porto (Portugal), developing the activities of composition and teaching assistance at the Superior School of Performing Arts (ESMAE,…

Bernhard Gander

Bernhard Gander: Blood Beat

(Submitted by ISCM – AUSTRIAN SECTION) Bernhard Gander (b. 1969 in Lienz) studied at the Tyrolean Provincial Conservatoire (piano, musical composition, conducting) and had subsequent composition studies with Beat Furrer in Graz, as well as pursued electro acoustic music at Studio UPIC in Paris and at the Swiss Centre for Computer Music in Zurich. He…

Maia Ciobanu

Maia Ciobanu: Excessive piano II

(Submitted by ISCM – ROMANIAN SECTION) Maia Ciobanu (b. 1952) served as President of the Romanian section of the ISCM (2002-2003), Director of the Contemporary Music Information Center (1995-2003), and was the Founder and Chief Editor of the Contemporary Music-Romanian Newsletter. Maia Ciobanu has given lectures about her music at the Gothenburg Music Academy, St….

Wojtek Chałupka (photo by Zuza Gasiorowska)

Wojciech Chałupka: Metanoia

(Submitted by ISCM – POLISH SECTION) Wojciech Chałupka was born in Kluczbork, Poland in 1999. He is studying two courses simultaneously at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, composition with Dariusz Przybylski and saxophone with Paweł Gusnar. In the 2019/2020 academic year he studied with Lars Mlekusch at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste….

Sarah Nemtsov © Camille Blake

Sarah Nemtsov: Seven Colours

(Submitted by ISCM – GERMAN SECTION) Sarah Nemtsov was born in 1980 in Oldenburg and studied composition in Hanover and Berlin with Nigel Osborne, Johannes Schöllhorn and Walter Zimmermann. She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Busoni Composition Prize of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, the Deutsche Musikautorenpreis of the GEMA and…

Cecilia Arditto standing on a railway platform (Photo by Daniel Nicolas)

Cecilia Arditto: Tissue

(Submitted by ISCM – NETHERLANDS SECTION) Cecilia Arditto, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1966, studied music at the Conservatorio Julián Aguirre, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Música Contemporánea (CEAMC) and Conservatory of Amsterdam (cum laude); she took composition lessons with Silvia Goldberg, Gabriel Valverde, Mariano Etkin and Wim Henderickx; analysis with Margarita Fernandez. Prizes…

Ayal Adler

Ayal Adler: Double Concerto for a Single Guitarist

(Submitted by ISCM – ISRAELI SECTION) Ayal Adler was born in Jerusalem in 1968. After receiving a Diploma in Piano and Composition from the Rubin Jerusalem Conservatory, he enrolled at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where he completed a B.Mus. and an Artist Diploma in Composition, with Honors. He then pursued a Doctoral…