Musical Swing Carousel for Bodies in Motion at isa19 – “Just Play!?” The swing carousel project “Let’s merry-go-round!” is paying a visit to isa19, this year’s International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Though it may look like the kind of merry-go-round one knows from the amusement park at Vienna’s Prater, it has a special secret: every year takes it into a new acoustic present that opens up a hitherto unknown sonic world. Only those who let their bodies swing round and round will hear, feel, and experience the music composed for this carousel and tested by means of a computer simulation while flying through the air.
SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the “Creative Europe” programme of the European Union announces a new open call for artist submissions for the 2020 SHAPE artist roster. Musicians are asked to provide an up to 10 minute long streamable video or audio excerpt of their live performance, while audiovisual artists are asked to provide streamable video documentation (or photos) of their work (online links, no attachments). Materials that are not sent in accordance to these requirements, will not be considered.
The “Creative Europe”-supported SHAPE platform announces a large showcase at Gamma festival in St. Petersburg. The large-scale Russian festival of music and modern culture will be held for the fourth time from July 11 to July 14. This will be the fourth large SHAPE showcase outside of the EU after Montréal’s MUTEK, Rio De Janeiro’s “Novas Frequências” and Jinja, Uganda’s “Nyege Nyege”. Full list of SHAPE acts for this event is coming soon.
Distance and proximity: using these terms to introduce musikprotokoll, a festival that has always promoted the new and yet unheard, might reasonably give the impression that the program addresses the near and the far in an aesthetic sense. While that is true to a certain extent in this year’s festival, we also mean this geographically. Over the past fifty-two years, the range of artists whose works have been heard during musikprotokoll has always represented an internationally diverse group. But even more so in 2019, when geographic distance and proximity form the narrative arch of the program.