The 2nd stage of the 2019 Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum (ECF): site- specific music making at Aldinga Conservation Park (SA) and intensive mentorship. Stage 1 involved four nationally selected emerging composers travelling to Aldinga Beach for 4 days of site-specific music making and mentoring by Gabriella Smart, Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson and Cathy Milliken. The new works were subsequently performed by the mentors in concerts at Aldinga Beach and ABC Studio 520, Adelaide. Following acknowledgement of the need to explore the more in-depth nature of site-specific works, commission fees will be used to support the emerging composers to develop their works to a higher artistic level. Visual elements may be added, and the process will be document through film. To this end, mentors and mentees will return to Aldinga Beach in October 2020.
While Australia has a formidable collection of internationally renowned composers, it’s vital that we support our next generation of composers by creating professional opportunities in which to practice their art. The Emerging Composers’ Forum raises the profile and careers of emerging composers through mentoring by Soundstream Collective and internationally acclaimed composers, critical review, public performance, recording and audience exposure to their music. On this basis, the aim of the Forum is to support emerging composers in creating new works, with close collaboration and mentoring by internationally recognized composers. The extension of the 2019 Forum into 2020 recognises the importance of being able to develop and refine music works over a sustained period and to build on the relationship between mentee’s and mentors.
Donors funds will be used to bring both the mentee’s and mentor’s back to Aldinga Beach for an intensive 4 day Forum, which will be documented as part of a package to promote the 4 mentee’s works. The benefit of this approach is that the works will be developed to a much higher artistic level, and through this raise the profile of the mentee’s nationally.