new orchestra practices: composing for the meta-mallette

ABOUT is a cross-cultural project between France and New Zealand focused on new
orchestra practices. A sound and visual orchestra using a pioneer interactive device, the
Meta-Mallette, is established in Auckland since May 2011. The Meta-Mallette enables to
approach music and visual creation through gestures rather than music theory or any other
codification. The orchestra is open to people from all backgrounds, no matter how old
or skilled they are. The aim is to have an ensemble that represents New Zealand’s cultural
KEY AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS CALL OUT project would like to support the develoment of new zealander creations for the NOP
orchestra. This orchestra rallies people from France and New Zealand. Repertoire has to be
also from these two cultures. Two creations could be support for 2011/2012. Each creation has
to reflect a part of the New Zelander culture. Each creation has to use sounds and images.
Collaboration between artists is desirable but not compulsory. This call out is an opportunity to
create a work able to be played everywhere in the world by other orchestra using the Meta-
? The successful applicants will have a Meta-Mallette training for one or two days
depends on their skills.
? The successful applicants will be informed of all the actual Meta-Malette repertoire
? The conductor, Nolwenn HUGAIN-LACIRE, will practice the new creation with
the Auckland NOP orchestra.
? The successful applicants and Nolwenn will work together to create adapted « scores »
and documentation
? The successful applicants have to work with his/her own computer.
? The successful applicants can borrow joysticks from the NOP orchestra
? The successful applicants will sign two contracts:
? one with NOP association for the artist agreement
? one with PUCE MUSE (the french company developing the software) for the Meta-
Mallette licence
Selection criteria include:
– the applicants experiences
– the quality of the proposed idea
– its feasibility
A selection panel will be comprised of Nolwenn Hugain-Lacire, Conductor and manager of
the project, Thierry Jamet, President of the NOP association, Etienne Taburet, curator
and member of the NOP association, Serge de Laubier, director of PUCE MUSE.
This call out is available for two creations

The first NZ creation has to be easy to play because time to create and to practice with the orchestra is short. Its first play in public will be in Auckland, the 24 September 2011, during the Rugby World Cup. Artists with computer skills will be favoured due to the short time. A link with this special event would
be appreciated.
27 Mai 2011: dead line for proposals
6 June 2011: result of the selected artist(s)
June 2011: Meta-Mallette training and creation
1 July 2011: first rehearsal with the orchestra
24 September 2011: first concert
Budget: 800 NZ$
Partners: NOP association, French Ministry of Young

This second creation has no restriction. It has to propose an original point of view on interaction between sound, images and players. It has to be a piece able to reflect a part of NZ culture or/and history. This creation will be possible if Creative NZ supports the project.

8 July 2011: dead line for proposals
22 July 2011: result of the selected artist(s)
12 August 2011: applies for creative NZ quick response grant
23 September 2011: quick respons grant result
Summer 2011: Meta-Mallette training and creation
February 2012: first rehearsal

4600 NZ$

Partners: NOP association, Creative NZ

Please submit the following in your application:
? a completed project submission form (find attached)
? Your summary resume (no more than one page) of you as an artist/creative
? a short artistic statement describing the concept for the creation. This should be 2-3
paragraphs and no more than one page. You have to explain what kind of sounds and
images you want to use, what part of NZ culture you want to show, how you want to
work with the orchestra (improvisation, score…)
? support material (no more than two of the following):
o Five images in digital format (jpg)
o Five A4 pages of text or other printed material
o Five minutes of video material (mov)
o Five minutes of audio material (aif, wavor mp 3)
Please ensure that:
– the application is emailed as a PDF document.
– your name appears on all pages of the application.
– all support material is clearly labelled
Please email your application and support material to:
For further information or to discuss your application, please contact:
Nolwenn Hugain-Lacire
conductor and manager of the project
+64 (0) 21 550 397

Canzonetta material due

Know about something that should be in Canzonetta? Got some great action shots of a recent performance of contemporary NZ composition? Doing a concert soon which features NZ works?

Then let me know – material for the next issue of Canzonetta (Jun-July) is now due. Email information about upcoming concerts, news items, photos of performances of new compositions or other content of interest to CANZ members to

Please include “Canzonetta” in the subject.

Auckland Philharmonia Composer in Residence 2012

The APO wishes to invite applications from established New Zealand based composers for the position of Composer in Residence for 2012/2013.

This will be a two year long residency where the successful appointee will become an important part of the APO artistic/education team. As well as writing at least one major work per year of the residency for the orchestra for performance, the successful candidate may also be required to be involved in the APO education programme, details of which are provided in the job description.
Applicants should have experience of writing for professional symphony orchestras and diverse experience in composition teaching/mentoring.

Click here for a position description.

The selection process will call for submission of recordings/scores.

Written applications should be addressed to Ronan Tighe, Manager of Artistic Planning, APO, PO Box 56 024 Dominion Road, Auckland by June 15 2011.

Applications should include a proposal for the works you are interested in writing, as well as some orchestral scores and recordings (where possible) of existing works for orchestra.
Further enquiries to

Call for Scores: ISCM World Music Days 2012

The International Society of Contemporary Music World New Music Days 2012 will take place in six cities in Belgium between 25/10/12 and 4/11/12.

As a member of ISCM, CANZ will submit six works by six CANZ members for consideration for performance at the festival.

You may submit up to 2 works to CANZ for consideration.

You may also enter works as an individual directly to ISCM for consideration, however this incurs an entry fee of 50 Euro. Please see the ISCM website for details about making individual submissions:

Composers whose pieces were programmed for the 2011 ISCM World Music Days in Zagreb are not eligible to submit works as part of the official CANZ entries or as individuals.

However, please be aware that as the call for scores for the 2013 festival (to be held in Slovakia and Austria) is imminent, then the composer of any work selected by CANZ for the 2012 submission will not be eligible to submit to CANZ for consideration for the 2013 submission.

Works must be composed in, or after, 2006. Please note that the different categories carry their own duration limits (see ISCM website for details).

Only one work per composer can be submitted for a given ISCM-WMD Festival, whether through the official or individual submissions.

DEADLINE for submission to CANZ (at the address given below) for consideration: 1st July 2011 (postmarked)

Please send the following materials:

• Two copies of the score or two copies of the audio/video material of non-notated works
• A recording (audio or video) of the submitted work (if possible)
attn. Glenda Keam, ISCM Submission 2012, 3 Sylvan Valley Ave, Titirangi, Auckland 0604

* A PDF version of the score
In a single text file:
• Notification of the category
• Duration of the work
• Year of composition
• Programme notes of the submitted work in English (max.250 words)
• Biography of the composer in English (max. 250 words)
• Contact information of the composer and/or music publisher (address, email, telephone/mobile)
• Website of the composer and/or publisher if available
• A recent photo of the composer (jpeg)
• Copy of Photo ID/passport

Digital copies of all required documents are to be sent to:


Category 1: Piano solo
Category 2: Carillon
Category 3: Improviser
Category 4: Soloist & live-electronics
Category 5: Solo, duo & trio
Category 6: Quartet
Category 7: Mobile instrumental ensemble (4-8 musicians)
Category 8: Mobile instrumental ensemble (6-17 musicians)
Category 9: Wind dixtuor
Category 10: Sinfonietta
Category 11: For amateur musicians
Category 12: Mixed choir
Category 13: Symphonic Orchestra
Category 14: Logos Man&Machine Robot Orchestra
Category 15: Soundscapes & sound installations
Category 16: Electro acoustic, stereo or multi channel
Category 17: Unspecified instrumentation

Please refer to the ISCM website for detailed information about each category, and durations:

2011 Seoul Drum Festival

ACL-Korea, in association with the city of Seoul, is calling for percussion quartet pieces of 8–15 minutes duration. Australian percussion group, Synergy Percussion, will perform the selected works on 22 September 2011 at the Seoul Drum Festival in Korea under the title of “The Fest of New Music”.

Please see for more information.

2011 SOUNZ Contemporary Award

Composers who are members of APRA are invited to enter up to two works which have been premiered in public between: 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011.
The work can be solo, chamber, ensemble, choral, orchestral, electro-acoustic or a combination of any of these. (There is no restriction on duration.)

The Centre for NZ Music convenes a jury of four to judge the entries purely on creative and artistic criteria including compositional excellence and inspiration.

All entrants will be informed of the outcome by mid August. Usually three finalists are chosen. The winner will be announced at the APRA Silver Scrolls Award event scheduled for September 13, 2011.

Entry Fee: Entrants must be APRA members
Prize Information: Trophy and NZD $3000.
Download the 2011 information and entry forms here or contact SOUNZ or APRA

Contact Details
PO Box 27347
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
New Zealand

More information, including a list of past finalists and winners, can be found at

Call for works/ BabelScores® Reading Panel 2011

BabelScores® is pleased to announce the Call for Works for the First BabelScores® Reading Panel 2011. BabelScores® is looking for the most creative and innovative composers from all over the world to continue building a quality catalog with important contemporary music pieces. Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit one to three works of any instrumentation or for electronics or mixed media to the BabelScores® Reading Pannel.

If the submitted piece/s is/are accepted then BabelScores® you will be invited to upload more pieces to the catalog for promoting your music worldwide and selling your scores. As composer, you will get the major part of your scores sales. The remaining part shall be kept by BabelScores® to cover its operative costs and financial autonomy. The strong web traffic and the Institutional Subscriptions (conservatories, universities, etc. from all over the world) allows BabelScores® to diffuse its music massively.

The BabelScores catalog offers a lot of advantages to composers:

– BabelScores® is a web platform which allows people to buy, rent and consult scores all over the world.
– BabelScores® do not retain any copyright.
– BabelScores® do not ask for exclusivity (you can offer or sell your scores by other means if you’d like to)
– BabelScores® creates cooperation agreements with different cultural institutions such as ensembles, festivals, universities, etc. in France and abroad for playing the music of our catalog.
– The composers are able to resign their engagement with BabelScores® at any time and with no penalty
– To be part of BabelScores® catalog is completely free.

For more information and instructions on how to submit your work, visit the website Click on submit your work and then click effect submission. Please complete the online form and send it. You will need to upload at least one piece. BabelScores® guarantees not to use or diffuse your submitted work in anyway or by any media without your agreement.

Deadline for submitting your work: 31 May 2011
Results of the BabelScores® Reading Panel: late June 2011

1st International Composition Competition – "AUDIRE MUSICA DELLE SFERE" (ITALY)

Composers of any age or nationality may submit score for instrumental ensemble, with a minimum of 2 musicians to a maximum of 12 musicians.
The compositions may have already been performed in public or have been published in the past, but they must not have been awarded prizes in other contests.
Duration: between 5 and 15 minutes.
Deadline: January, 31, 2012
Entry fee: 50 Euros
Awards : First Prize 1300 Euros ; Second Prize 700 Euros
Further information and entry form available from: