Sector Meeting ISCM

28/04/2023 13:30

We know little about the fascinating worlds of the balafon, darbuka, erhu, kannel, kemenche, duduk, oud or sheng. They occasionally appear in calls for works by new music festivals, but they often don’t get much response. This is definitely not due to a lack of interest, but how does a composer approach such a challenging exploration? It’s about time we delve into those instruments.

During this sector meeting we go all out for sharing enthusiasm and expertise.

If you want to attend, you can register here.



28 April 2023

Concertgebouw Brugge, ’t Zand 34 8000 Brugge

The presentations will be held in English.


Doors open


Keynote Olmo Cornelis. Cornelis is a composer, musicologist, ethnomusicologist and musician. Fascinated as he is by music from Central Africa, these repertoires form the common thread in his activities. In his doctoral research at the Conservatory of Ghent, Cornelis studied how to use computational techniques in describing music without starting from Western musical concepts. The results offer new possibilities for composers and musicians when it comes to the use of timbres, scales, vocal and instrumental techniques, among others.


Conversation with London composer Bushra El-Turk, in whose work Western and Eastern musical traditions merge and not infrequently socio-cultural issues are touched. In doing so, she does not lose sight of her own Lebanese roots. Commissioned by Concertgebouw Brugge, El-Turk wrote Vane (for taegŭm, kamāncha & accordion) for the Angel Room.

Meet & greet: instruments from the world
In short pitches, experts share everything you need to know about their instrument and best practices and insights from projects involving contemporary music.
– Milad Mohammadi & Mostafa Taleb on Iranian music, the tar and the kamancheh
– Hilde De Clercq on Turkish percussion instruments
– Adilia Yip on the balafon
– Cheikhou Bâ on the hoddu
– Peter Swinnen, Yu-ting Chang & Shao Huan Hung
– Peter Geysels on the fujara, overtone flute and kaval

Meeting with sandwiches

Those who wish can enjoy Bushra El-Turk’s music theatre performance Woman at Point Zero by LOD for free as a part of All Arias (a biennial festival for musical theatre from home and abroad) and the premiere of her work Vane for the Angel Room.

Lecture/Performance: premiere Vane

8 pm
Music theatre performance: Woman at Point Zero




in collaboration with Kunstenpunt en Concertgebouw Brugge.