Contemporary Classical Improv Carols

August 17, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The Après-Garde Ensemble invites all composers to submit contemporary classical holiday music to be performed in December. Pieces should include any degree of improvisation and alternative notation (including graphic and/or prose elements), and they should be inspired by the holiday/winter season (which isn’t to say necessarily Christmas).

Submissions should be for open instrumentation, meaning any combination of 2-6 instruments. Pieces may also include parts for competent but not professional voice (baritone).

Pieces should be anywhere from 30 seconds to 8 minutes in length.

The Après-Garde Ensemble is dedicated to performing music that blurs the distinction between avant-garde jazz and experimental classical music. The group’s repertoire primarily consists of works that use free improv​isatio​n, alternative methods of notation, experi​mental instru​mental practices, and aleatoric methods within a compos​itional context. While the Après-Garde ensemble functions as a composers’ collective by playing original works, the group also performs works by established experi​mental composers such as Daniel Goode, Frederic Rzewski, and Gavin Bryars.