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]

João Madureira

João Madureira: Open Enclosure

(Submitted by ISCM – PORTUGUESE SECTION) The output of Portuguese composer João Madureira (b. 1971) includes orchestral, chamber and operatic music, works for solo instruments, as well as music for film and theatre. His works have been presented at various festivals – in Portugal, throughout Europe, in Asia and South America – by several ensembles…

Trevor Grahl

Trevor Grahl: Brennendes Geheimnis

(Submitted by ISCM – NETHERLANDS SECTION) Trevor Grahl (b. 1984), originally from the small Canadian town of Rankin, Ontario, began studies at McGill University and later at UCSD in San Diego and finally the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. His works have been performed by many groups across North America, Europe, and China including the Ives Ensemble,…

Isabel Urrutia

Isabel Urrutia: Haziak

(Submitted by Musikagileak) Basque composer Isabel Urrutia (b. 1967) studied composition, piano, and music pedagogy at the Bilbao Music Conservatory. Later she went on train with Francisco Escudero and in Paris with José Luis Campana. Her works have been premiered by international soloists such as Pierre Strauch, André Cazalet, Jean Geoffroy; by international ensembles, such…

Alicja Gronau (photo by Marta Karska)

Alicja Gronau: Multidram

(Submitted by ISCM – POLISH SECTION) Alicja Gronau (Gronau-Osinska), born 1957 in Warsaw (Poland), graduated theory of music (with prof. Witold Rudzinski), composition (with prof. Marian Borkowski) and Postgraduate Studies of Music Theory (all with distinctions) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland). At present she is professor (Dr. Hab.) in that…

Klaus Huber

Klaus Huber: Tenebrae

(Submitted by ISCM – SWISS SECTION) ISCM Honorary Member Klaus Huber (30 November 1924 – 2 October 2017) first studied violin and music pedagogy from 1947 to 1949 at the Zurich Conservatory with Stefi Geyer. From 1949 to 1955, he was a violin teacher at the Zurich  Conservatory. At the same time he studied composition…

Adrian Iorgulescu

Adrian Iorgulescu: Retorts

(Submitted by ISCM – ROMANIAN SECTION) Adrian Iorgulescu (born 1951, Bucharest) studied composition at the Bucharest Conservatory, where he subsequently took his M.A. In 1990, he was awarded a PhD in Musicology. The same year, he started teaching composition and musical forms at the National University of Music, Bucharest, and since 1994 he has supervised…

Manuela Kerer

Manuela Kerer: Gletscherquartett

(Submitted by ISCM – AUSTRIAN SECTION) Manuela Kerer (born 1980 in Brixen, Italy) likes to marvel and is continuously on the search for new sounds, surprises and challenges. She finished her composition studies in Innsbruck and Milan and composed for ensembles such as Kaleidoskop Berlin or Klangforum Wien and master musicians like Julius Berger, Maja…

Franz Martin Olbrisch

Franz Martin Olbrisch: Schichtwechsel

(Submitted by ISCM – GERMAN SECTION) Franz Martin Olbrisch (born November 5, 1952 in Mülheim / Ruhr) is a German composer and installation and media artist. From 1979 to 1985, he studied composition and music theory with Frank Michael Beyer at the University of the Arts in Berlin. From 1986 to 1996 he taught music…

Tomi Räisänen

Tomi Räisänen: L’homme armé

(Submitted by ISCM – FINNISH SECTION) Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen (b. 1976) studied composition at the Sibelius Academy. Before entering the Academy he read music at the University of Helsinki studying musicology and composition. Räisänen completed his studies by participating in several international composition masterclasses. Räisänen’s list of works contains compositions from large scale orchestral works and concertos to ensemble and chamber music….

Petra Strahovnik

Petra Strahovnik: Prana

(Submitted by ISCM – NETHERLANDS SECTION) Petra Strahovnik was born in Celje, Slovenia in 1986. She studied composition with Uroš Rojko at the Music Academy in Ljubljana (2011) and completed a Masters Degree in Composition with Martijn Padding and Peter Adriaansz at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2014.From her beginnings, Petra has been…