Bang on a Can are coming to Scotland

In March 2012 Bang on a Can are coming to Scotland for Glasgow Concert Halls’ Minimal: Extreme and to mark this occasion, the Scottish Music Centre are launching a unique project, a Composition Marathon inspired by the organisation’s iconic performance festivals.

Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music. With an ear for the new, the unknown and the unconventional, Bang on a Can strives to expose exciting and innovative music as broadly and accessibly as possible to new audiences worldwide.

This project challenges composers to create a brand new work in the Scottish Music Centre over the course of 8-12 hours on Saturday 24th March 2012, with guidance provided by members of Bang on a Can and other influential figures frequently involved with the Centre.

Following this, on Sunday 25th March, performers will be invited to workshop and rehearse the scores with the composers, culminating in a final performance in the Old Fruitmarket.

Additionally, the centre will be open throughout both days for invited guests to observe and network.

This is an excellent opportunity, offering Scottish composers the chance to work with some of the world’s greatest innovators in contemporary music and of course to receive a performance in one of Glasgow’s most spectacular venues.

To ensure that all work generated by this marathon is new, the instrumental forces assigned to each composer will not be announced until the morning of Saturday 24th March.

To apply for the marathon, composers are invited to submit their CV with accompanying covering letter detailing what they could bring to this project and what they would wish to gain from the experience – all creative ideas and suggestions are welcome!

For more information or to submit an application, please contact Christopher Glasgow, Communications Officer via the link below, call: 0141 552 5222 or write to: Scottish Music Centre, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ

Applicants will be notified of their selection (or not) by Wednesday 22nd February and those who are successful will be invited to attend a welcome reception in the centre.

Please note that the minimum age requirement is 18, however, there is no upper limit.

Find out more and apply:





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