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NEW MUSIC INDABA 2000 (article first published : 2000-05-21)

Presented by NewMusicSA and the Standard Bank National Arts Festival, the first New Music Indaba is a festival of contemporary music to be held on the Main of the Standard Bank National Arts Festival taking place from June 30 to July 6. With local and overseas composers, international ensembles and top local performers, Indaba 2000 will provide a stage for contemporary “art” music of a size not previously seen in South Africa.

Kevin Volans, formerly of Durban and South Africa's highest profile composer on the international scene, has been commissioned to write his first choral work to a Xhosa text for a black choir. Now based in Ireland, Kevin Volans will be the composer-in-residence and his work will be featured in a number of concerts. The highlight of these will undoubtedly be the long-overdue South African premiere of his 80s international hit, White Man Sleeps, performed by the celebrated Duke Quartet from the UK who have been collaborating with him for a long time. Kevin Volans will give two masterclasses to student composers and a number of scholarships for disadvantaged composers to attend these classes have been sponsored by the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts.

Other Indaba highlights will be John Cage’s ironic multi-media 'musicircus' Europa 5, directed by Andrew Buckland, as well as music by Stravinsky and Bartók, avant-garde European composers Ligeti and Xenakis, and classic South African choral music by JM Khumalo. Also appearing will be the Duke String Quartet, percussion trio Sisu from Norway and the radical Ensemble LOOS from Holland.

For more details on the Indaba programme and scholarships visit the website at http://nemusic.ru.ac.za/indaba.html




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