Emerging Composers Forum

Soundstream supports the next generation of composers through the Emerging Composers Forum (ECF).

Australia has a formidable collection of internationally renowned composers. It’s vital that we support our next generation of composers through creating professional opportunities in which to practice their art. The ECF raises the profile and careers of emerging composers by supporting them to create new works through close collaboration and mentoring by internationally recognised composers.

“…when a young composer shows me a score… I’m looking to be surprised, because surprise wakes me up to the world, surprise makes me see something or feel something in a way I never before expected… how often are we bowled over, how often have we been forced to stop all other discursive mind wandering and just sit there in astonishment, listening or looking in rapt amazement? What does it take to move us from our customary place? (… the word “ecstasy” literally means: ek-stasis- to be moved out of one’s place.) And that is what we want when we confront a work of art, whether it’s a completely new creation or an impassioned performance of masterwork from the past.” – John Adams

The inspirational words of esteemed composer John Adams ring true in this age of economic rationalization, where human needs are reduced to the menial. It is in this climate that we need the arts more than ever, to create a sense of wonder and inspire others to view life outside of their ‘customary place’. From this perspective, Soundstream supports the next generation of composers through the Emerging Composers Forum (ECF).

The inspirational words of esteemed composer John Adams ring true in this age of economic rationalization, where human needs are reduced to the menial. It is in this climate that we need the arts more than ever, to create a sense of wonder and inspire others to view life outside of their ‘customary place’.

A final concert of the works will be held on 4th November, performed by Soundstream Collective. Commissions of $5000 and $2000, and another of $1500 sponsored by Winston Music, for the creation of a new work and its performance in 2015 by Soundstream Collective, will be awarded.

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