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.

The exact details of the program will be announced later.



28 April 2023

Concertgebouw Brugge, ’t Zand 34 8000 Brugge



13h30    welcome

14h00    Key note Olmo Cornelis. Cornelis is a composer, musicologist, ethnomusicologist and musician. Fascinated by music from Central Africa, it forms the common thread in his activities. In his doctoral research at the Conservatory of Ghent, Cornelis researched how to use computational techniques to describe music away from Western musical concepts. The results offer new possibilities for composers and musicians in the use of timbres, scales, vocal and instrumental techniques, among others.

15h00    Conversation with the London-based composer Bushra El-Turk, in whose work Western and Eastern musical traditions merge and socio-cultural issues are addressed critically, while not losing sight of her own Lebanese roots. Commissioned by Concertgebouw Brugge, El-Turk wrote Vane (for taegŭm, kamāncha & accordion) for the Angel Room. The creation will take place on Friday evening 28 April at 7 PM. At 8 PM LOD will present her latest music theatre in the context of All Arias (a biennial festival of domestic and foreign music theatre).

16h00    Meet & greet: instruments from all over the world

With short pitches experts share best practices and insights from projects with contemporary music and instruments from all over the world.

17h00    Meeting everyone with sandwiches

19h00    Creation Vane by Bushra El-Turk in the Angel Room

20h00    Performance of Bushra El-Turk’s music theatre Woman at Point Zero by LOD in the context of All Arias (a biennial festival of domestic and foreign music theatre).

* Please note, the program is subject to change at any time.