We live in a vibrant and diverse global creative community yet, in the 21st century, the so-called ‘contemporary music’ space is still quite Eurocentric. Why is that?
The Goethe-Institut and Ensemble Recherche are inviting 10 emerging composers and sound artists from developing and transition countries to collaborate in a virtual community of artistic research and music creation.
This project aims to research (post-)colonialism and its consequences and to deal with this knowledge artistically, thus assuming an individual artistic stance. Further, the project aims to promote and support the 10 selected composers by giving them a voice and a platform for their artistic work. Ensemble Recherche wants to question its own patterns of valuation and gain a sensibility for promoting diversity and inclusion.
Over a one-year project period (starting November 2021), the selected composers will work closely with members of Ensemble Recherche in a mutual exchange for a total of 10 days of virtual residencies. The process is curated by Bongani Ndodana-Breen.
The resulting musical works will be performed and recorded by Ensemble Recherche in late 2022. The process will be documented by Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio).
Selected composers will receive a grant of €800 from the Goethe-Institut. No other expenses will be covered.