Update on 25th April 2021: Thank you very much again for your interest! We contacted all composers personally so we did not post the result immediately after we knew it. But we are happy to prepare the pieces by Christine K. Brückner and Eden Lonsdale. We were overwhelmed by the huge amount of highly interesting proposals, it was a hard decision to choose which piece to play. We will look for more chances to develop more of your ideas!
Update on 8th March 2021: “homage to classical composers with Asian philosophy” means that homage to a classical composer, preferably a female one (e.g. Clara Schumann) in a way showing your understanding of Asian philosophy. The classical composer does not have to do anything with Asian culture. Please specify the classical composer’s name when you send your proposal. Thank you and sorry for the confusion.
We are looking for pieces for our concert in summer 2021 in St. Jakobi church in Hamburg!
You can find information about us here (also concert recordings): https://dongzhou.live/2017/06/23/gong-project/
1. This call is open to all composers for a new piece to be performed in this summer.
2. No entrance fee.
3. The deadline is April 1st, 2021. We will inform the result latest on April 8th, 2021. If selected, the piece must be finished before April 30th, 2021.
4. The performance material should be a graphic notation, text notation, audio score or other kind of open notation.
5. If it has a fixed duration, it is preferred to be between 5-10 minutes.
6. Please send a simple proposal (max. 2 pages) with a brief biography of you to Dong Zhou (email@example.com). Any other file (audio, video, picture…) which helps explaining your idea is welcomed.
7. 1 or 2 pieces will be performed.
8. We cannot provide any commission fee, but we will share the audio and video documentation.
9. The jury is the musicians. Besides the creativity of the composition, feasibility is also an important criterion.
10. Due to the current situation of Covid-19, we reserve the right to cancel the concert or change it to online form.
The theme of the pieces is “homage to classical composers with Asian philosophy”. We hope to see pieces explore the life and spirit of a composer, find something resonating with Asian philosophy and use it as an input to inspire the musicians to create new sound. When choosing the classical composer, women composers are preferred.
Update on 8th March 2021: “homage to classical composers with Asian philosophy” means that homage to a classical composer, preferably a female one (e.g. Clara Schumann) in a way showing your understanding of Asian philosophy. The classical composer does not have to do anything with Asian culture. Please specify the classical composer’s name when you send your proposal.
Any combination of following from solo to quartet:
2. alto saxophone
3. violin/ electronic (only one can be chosen in the same piece)
4. live painting/ performance/ female voice (only one can be chosen in the same piece)
1. The organ in St. Jakobi has a special historical temperament, all the sounding pitch is almost a whole tone higher than equal temperament. If you write exact notes for the organ, the organist must transcribe them. You may have to change some notes 1-2 weeks before the concert.
More information about the Arp Schnitger organ (please check the recordings too): https://jacobus.de/musik/orgeln
2. Electronic can be used up to 2 channels. Live electronic with Max or Ableton Live is possible. Only one contact microphone is available for live electronic.
3. No text can be used for performance or voice. The voice is a natural one without operatic training. Amplifying the voice is possible.
4. Audio score can be played from loudspeakers or headphones. In case of headphones, the organist cannot be synchronized with other musicians because the position for organist is far from the stage.
5. If you have further question, please feel free to ask Dong Zhou (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Very much looking forward to hearing from you!