ISCM – Call for proposals

Meet & greet: instruments from all over the world

On 28 APRIL 2023 ISCM-Vlaanderen, Kunstenpunt and Concertgebouw Brugge organise a sector meeting on composing for instruments from all over the world.


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. Therefore, we’ll be organising a meet and greet with experts. We’re looking for musicians willing to share best practices or insights from a successful project with contemporary music for instruments from all over the world.

CONCRETE: each speaker gets a timeslot of 10 minutes for a short presentation or demonstration (if desired with video), which will give us plenty of topics for discussion. After the presentations everyone’s invited for a chat with some drinks and bites.

The ‘meet and greet’ will take place the 28th of April 2023 from 4 PM until +/- 6 PM.


Send your proposal to before 1 February 2023.
This can be in form of a short video or written proposal (max. 1 A4) and can be in rough lines or short points.
A fee is provided for the speakers.


Curious what’s on the rest of the programme?

We welcome everyone from 1:30 PM.
Key note speaker Olmo Cornelis will kick off the event. He 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.

This presentation is followed by a 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).

The sector meeting is organized by MATRIX [New Music Centre] (as Flemish delegate of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and Kunstenpunt, in cooperation with Concertgebouw Brugge.