Call for storytellers

Competitions

How does music
come to life?


Have you ever imagined
to capture the sound
that comes out
of a composer’s pen?



DYCE proposes that you make a video reportage which, from different European countries, illustrates how twelve pieces of contemporary music are created by twelve young composers.

In parallel to the
Call for Composers,
DYCE is launching a
Call for 4 Storytellers,
who are asked to narrate
the creative journey
of 12 composers and 8 performers.

Application deadline: 20 August 2022

RULES

2. The following are eligible: young video makers, videographers, artists, musicians, musicologists, journalists, social media managers, people working or wishing to work in the field of communication who are under 30 years of age on the application deadline (20 August 2022) with citizenship of (or residence in) a European country.
Candidates from some non EU countries included in the Creative Europe programme are also eligible to apply. List of non EU admitted countries


2.

Applicants must submit within 20th August 2022 this online form.
They will be asked to attach:
• a curriculum vitae
• a letter of motivation
• a short video – any artistic or humanities topics are accepted; no commercial videos
• a text about music or arts, or communication, or any humanities topic, that has been published online or in print: articles, reviews, essays, dissertations, social media posts
• a copy of an identity document

If you have any questions about the material to be sent, please write to: info@dyce-project.eu.

 

3.
A jury, composed of the heads of the partners’ communication offices and the Artistic Directors (or designated members) of each DYCE partner, will select by 10 September 2022 the 4 Storytellers who will narrate DYCE.
The Storytellers will work with 3 composers (2 for solo pieces and 1 for ensemble pieces) and 2 musicians, imagining a story in episodes, told on video.

 

4.
The selected Storytellers will be informed personally by email; the selection will also be announced on the DYCE website by 11 September 2022.

 

5.
The selected Storytellers will receive:
1500 euro gross as reimbursement for work done;
500 euro gross for the purchase of technical equipment functional to the DYCE project;
All travel expenses related to the project will be borne by the DYCE partners.

 

6.
In the most natural way possible, filming the composers’ work with their mobile phones, sharing their emotions and thoughts, the 4 Storytellers will be asked to video narrate the genesis of the 12 new pieces.
The video story will take shape over time, following a series of episodes.
Each episode will be published on the DYCE website and social networks.

 

7.
DYCE concludes in June 2023 in Milan with a conference, in which all the protagonists participate: ensemble-partners, composers, performers, Storytellers, teachers, members of academies/universities etc, public; journalists, critics and all interested persons are invited. Participation of ensemble composers, solo composer + performer pairs and Storytellers is compulsory. Ensemble composers participate in person; solo composer + performer pairs and Storytellers participate online, unless they are already in Milan.
The final videos of the project will be broadcast at the conference.

 

8.
Storytellers carry out their work in English.

 

9.
Each applicant, by submitting his/her application to participate in the DYCE composition competition, agrees unconditionally to be bound by these rules.

 

 

TIMING

Between 11 and 15 September 2022 – meeting in zoom with the project coordinator, the DYCE partners, the musicians of the ensembles

Between 16 September and 30 September 2022 – zoom meeting with each of the two composers of solo pieces from their region and their performers 

By 9 October 2022 – each Storyteller makes and sends to the DYCE communication coordinator: an online video interview (max. 3 minutes) with each composer + performer pair: the composers talk about the genesis of their pieces, what inspires them… and the performers about the emotions of working with a composer and seeing a piece come to life

16 October 2022 – before the start of the first DYCE concert:
• the video interviews mentioned in the previous point are screened in public;
• each Storyteller attends the concert of the partner ensemble in his/her DYCE region and interviews the conductor in public: questions about the project, the composers and the pieces on the programme… also anecdotes and special episodes…

By 20 October 2022 – each Storyteller creates and sends to the DYCE communication coordinator: a video (max. 1 minute) announcing, as engaging and exciting as possible, the name of the composer chosen in his/her DYCE region to commission an ensemble piece; the Storyteller will work with this composer until 2023. Videos will be published, in order of arrival, by 30 October 2022.

By 30 November 2022  – each Storyteller makes and sends to the DYCE communication coordinator: an online video interview (max. 3 minutes) with the composer for ensemble in his/her region: the creative and inspirational world of each composer should emerge – it is possible to tell anecdotes about the birth of the piece, fears, anxieties, moments of joy, emotions, discouragements…
The video interviews will be published, in order of arrival, by 10 December 2022.

By 28 February 2023 – each Storyteller makes and sends to the DYCE communication coordinator: a new video interview (max 3 minutes) with the composer for ensemble in his/her region: how is the work and the relationship with the ensemble in his/her region progressing? What to expect from the new compositions? Emotions? Fears? 
The video interviews will be published, in order of arrival, by 10 March 2023. 

January, February, March 2023 (based on each composer’s rehearsal schedule)  –  each Storyteller meets the two solo composers from their region live for a rehearsal with their respective performers.
He /she will produce and send to the DYCE communication coordinator: a double video interview (max. 5 minutes) with each composer + performer pair: how was it working together? How many suggestions did the composer receive from their performer? What did the composer discover about the instrument thanks to their performer? How much complicity in the creation of the piece? Other free suggestions…
The video interviews will be published, in order of arrival, by 10 April 2023. 

May, June 2023 (based on concert schedules) – 
Storytellers and composers for ensemble will be in residence at the concert season of the DYCE partner in their region. 
Each Storyteller makes and sends to the DYCE communication coordinator: a concluding video (max. 5 minutes): footage of rehearsals, live interviews with composers, performers and conductors, footage of the city where they are, concert venues, backstage…
Videos will be published the day after each final concert.  

For further information:

info@dyce-project.eu
mob. +39 334 1732 400

 

 

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DYCE eight ‘musical pairs’

Competitions

Collaborations between composers and performers have always been frequent in the history of music: the composer experiments with new ideas that the performer makes possible, correcting and improving the composer’s instrumental writing. In the meantime, the performer discovers new possibilities on the instrument and is stimulated to refine his/her technique.

DYCE Call for composers selects 12 composers for ensemble and 8 composers foro solo instrument (respectively, 3 and 2 from each DYCE region).
All 8 composers for solo are invited to find a performer among the students of their academy of origin, with and for whom the composer writes the new piece. This way, 8 “musical pairs” composer + performer are formed, 2 from each DYCE region: from September 2022 to April 2023 the pair’s musicians will work together to gain maximum benefit from each other’s experience.
Solo composers who cannot find his/her performer among the students of his/her academy should contact DYCE office to agree on a different way of choosing the performer.

In the months between October 2022 and April 2023, with a timetable to be agreed, DYCE partners offer tutoring to the couples: with live and online meetings, two renowned professionals (a composer and a performer of the same pair-instrument) chosen by each DYCE ensemble will guide the couple through the creation and performance of the new piece.
DYCE provides one trip for each couple to the partner’s city in their DYCE region, as well as some online tutoring meetings to be decided on the basis of the couple’s need.

Throughout the DYCE project the composers and musicians of the pairs will participate in DYCE’s communication activities, collaborating with the Storytellers and making short video interviews or presentations of their work themselves, or contributing with short written texts. More details will be provided at the beginning of the work.

The collaboration with the Storytellers is an integral part of the project and is carried out with the support of the DYCE partners’ team.

In May/June 2023, the 8 new solo works will be programmed in DYCE final concerts in Milan, Oslo, Seville and Tallinn. Each couple will be invited to the city of its DYCE region and each pair’s performer will play the piece that was composed for/with him or her. The concerts’ calendar will be published soon.
All travel, board and accommodation expenses will be charged to DYCE.

In June 2023, after the last concert, DYCE final convention will take place in Milan and will be attended by all protagonists: ensemble-partners, composers, performers, storytellers, Audience Development lecturers, members of the academies, the public; journalists, critics, and all interested people are invited. Composers’ and pairs’ participation in the convention is compulsory.
Composers for ensemble attend in person, the eight pairs attend online (unless they are already in Milan for different reasons).


For further percussions please write to info@dyce-project.eu

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Percussions

Competitions

List of available percussions:

Marimba (4.3 octaves – A2 to C7)
Vibraphone
Xylophone
Big bass drum
Timpani
Tam-tam
Gong
Crotals
Cymbals
Woodblock
Cowbells
Snare drum
Bass drum
Toms
Hi-hat
Thundersheet
Thai gong
Rototom
Glasschimes

For further percussions please write to info@dyce-project.eu

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4 European Areas

Competitions

Divertimento Ensemble, red region
Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Ex Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Erzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia), Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Malta.

Taller Sonoro, grey region
Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland.

Cikada, blue region
Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland

Ensemble U:, yellow region
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine.

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Cikada

Partners

Since its 1989 formation in Oslo, Cikada has developed a refined and highly acclaimed profile on the international contemporary music scene.


From the very beginning, Cikada has consisted of flute,clarinet, piano, percussion, string quintet and conductor.

All ten are equal, permanent members, and the ensemble has become synonymous with the ‘Oslo Sound’ of fresh, vibrant, warm and virtuosic interpretations of consciously selected, contemporary repertoire.


In concerts at major international festivals and on numerous albums, Cikada’s distinct ensemble profile manifests itself in strong programming.

Integral to this work is a wish to develop long-term collaborations with composers and to build composer portraits with commissioned works over longer periods of time.


The nine musicians also take part in various smaller formations within the group: Cikada String Quartet, Cikada RBK (clarinet, piano and viola) and Cikada Piano Trio work as independent Cikada units, adding to the ensemble’s international identity.


Cikada was awarded the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2005.

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Divertimento Ensemble

Partners

Divertimento Ensemble was founded in 1977 by some internationally renowned soloists, conducted by Sandro Gorli. The Ensemble quickly attained considerable success both in Italy and abroad, with over 1500 concerts and 20 CDs to its credit to date, and in 2004 created “Rondò“, a contemporary music festival that takes place annually in Milan.
Over 100 composers have dedicated new compositions to the Ensemble: these, and many others, helped consolidate one of the most representative repertoires of new chamber music, both Italian and international.
In 1978 Divertimento Ensemble was included in the prestigious programmes of Milan’s Società del Quartetto and Musica nel Nostro Tempo. In 1981 made its debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, with the opera Il Sosia by Flavio Testi and a concert dedicated entirely to music by Aldo Clementi. It featured in the Teatro alla Scala programme again, in 1996, 1997 and 1998, with a concert dedicated to Frank Zappa.
The Ensemble has taken part in the most important contemporary music festivals in Europe; it was invited by the Venice Biennale (fourteen times from 1979 to 2020) and it held concerts in France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Poland, Latvia, Finland, Hungary, Mexico, Argentina, United States, Japan and Russia, as well as the most important Italian cities.
Its recordings include the opera Solo by S. Gorli (CD by Ricordi), three CDs dedicated to B. Maderna: Satyricon (Salabert-Harmonia Mundi), Don Perlimplin (Stradivarius), Venetian Journal, Juilliard Serenade, Vier Briefe, Konzert fur Oboe und Kammerensemble (Stradivarius), an anthology of music by young Italian composers (Fonit Cetra) and thirteen CDs featuring the work of G. Castagnoli, A. Solbiati, F. Donatoni, M. Franceschini, S. Gervasoni, F. Gardella, M. Momi, S. Bulfon, D. Ghisi, G. Bertelli, Z. Baldi, Vittorio Montalti and Diana Soh respectively (Stradivarius). Two CDs dedicated to Francesco Ciurlo and to Stefano Gervasoni are in preparation, also for Stradivarius.
Furthermore, for several years the Ensemble has been strongly committed to musical education and promotion of young people’s creativity: new pieces commissions and many other activities led in 2017 to the foundation of IDEA – International Divertimento Ensemble Academy. IDEA coordinates the Conducting Course dedicated specifically 20th and 21st centuries music (17th edition in 2021); the International Workshop for Young Composers (7th edition in 2021); the Calls for Young Performers (instrumental masterclasses in contemporary music, 11th edition in 2021); the Composition Course (1st edition in 2018-19); the “Franco Donatoni” International Meeting for Young Composers, which includes an international composition competition, concerts, premieres and round tables (6th edition in 2020/21); the Composition Competition for students of the Italian Conservatories (7th edition in 2017), expanded at European level in 2018 with the EU project DYCE – Discovering Young Composers of Europe; Sul Palco!/On Stage!, an international competition that selects multidisciplinary performances (2nd edition in 2018).
In 2012 the ensemble became part of the European network Ulysses (projects 2012-2016, 2016-2020 and 2020-2024), which brings together 11 of the major European institutions dedicated to promoting contemporary music, fostering young composers’ creativity and encouraging the circulation of works, authors and performers.
Divertimento Ensemble also produced activities aimed at the public, to encourage their curiosity and approach towards this repertoire: such as Le Nuove Voci di Divertimento Ensemble, a non-professional choir open to anyone wishing to perform contemporary music, born in 2017; the LAM-Laboratorio di Ascolto Musicale, a listening workshop aimed at a more conscious approach to the contemporary music repertoire, born in 2018; the LIEM-Laboratorio di Improvvisazione ed Esecuzione Musicale, a lab designed for non-musicians who want to experiment “live” with the language of contemporary music, born in 2020; Giocare la Musica (7th edition, 2020), a workshop dedicated to primary school children.
In 2010 Divertimento Ensemble has been awarded the mention of the “grandesignEtico International Award” for its activity in favour of young musicians. In 2015 it won the XXXIV Italian music critics’ Franco Abbiati Prize as “the 2014 best initiative”.

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Taller Sonoro

Partners

Taller Sonoro, since its creation in the year 2000, has tirelessly advanced in two main directions, the interpretation of the most current and radical music in its aesthetic proposal, with the aim of offering it to the Spanish and international public with the highest degree of rigor and commitment, and support to young composers, offering the group as a useful and professional tool to fully develop their creative commitment.

The deployment of these two lines of action has been unstoppable in the last decade, as has been seen regularly in the Contemporary Music Cycles of Seville (Teatro Central) and Granada (Teatro Alhambra) uninterrupted since 2002, in the seasons of the CDNM at the Museo Reina Sofía Art Center of 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2015, in the Contemporary Music Cycle of Córdoba (2005), the Contemporary Music Cycle of the Málaga Symphony Orchestra (2007), the Contemporary Music Festival of Alicante (2008), Teatros del Canal (Madrid, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), Zaragoza Auditorium (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Teatro del Liceo (2014), L’Auditori (Barcelona 2012, 2013) ( Fundación Juan March (Madrid, 2014), Victoria Eugenia Theater (San Sebastián, 2015), Palau de Les Arts (Valencia 2015), BBVA Contemporary Music Cycle (Bilbao 2012, 2015), Quincena of San Sebastián (2006) and the KLEM festivals (Bilbao, 2009) and ENSEMS (Valencia, 2010) and 2015), Santander (Menéndez y Pelayo International University 2003), Madrid (National Music Auditorium).

Simultaneously, the international diffusion of the activity of Taller Sonoro has been one of its main objectives, contributing to the knowledge of the Spanish repertoires of current creation in the European sphere – OPUS 5.1 series (Bordeaux, 2005), Forum Wallis (Switzerland 2014 , 2017 and 2018), Cycle “Spirals” (Paris, 2005), Resident Group in the Master of Composition of the Parma Conservatory (2018), Marcel Landowski Auditorium (Paris 2015), Hochschule für Musik (Frankfurt am Main, 2005), Cervantes Institute of Berlin (2006, 2007) and Bremen (2007), Spanish School and Cervantes Institute of Paris (2007), KGNM Festival (Cologne 2014), Attaca und Ars Nova Cycle (Radio SWR2, Germany 2014), Quartz Theater ( Brest, 2008), Academy of Spain in Rome (2010) and, recently, in the Viennese Musikverein (May 2011); and, singularly, it is a group of notable presence in Ibero-American latitudes, from Peru (Festival of Contemporary Music of Lima, 2007 and 2008) to Mexico (Festival of Contemporary Music of Morelia, 2010) and Argentina (2011), Festival of Contemporary Music of Bogotá (Colombia, in collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá), National Center of Arts of Mexico (2016, 2017 and 2018), Colombian Composers’s Circle (2018).

Without a doubt, the collaboration with other musical ensembles and the access to the record market enriches in a decisive way the contribution of Taller Sonoro to the national scene: together with several projects in which he has collaborated with the Organum Ensemble, directed by Marcel Pères and with the Ensemble Gilles Binchois, directed by Dominique Vellard. The phonographic presence of our group covers monographs dedicated to composers Luis de Pablo, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Nuria Núñez, Juan Cruz and César Camarero, as well as two lives recordings consecrated to the work of David del Puerto (Sendesaal, Radio Bremen, 11/28/2007) and the finalist composers of the SGAE Author Foundation Award (Auditorium 400, Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum, 12/3/2007 ).

On the other hand, the pedagogical work of Taller Sonoro and its collaboration with the younger promotions of composers has been a fundamental constant in his career: thus, in 2005 at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main and, between 2004 and 2006 as a resident group in the International Course of Analysis and Composition of Villafranca del Bierzo, directed by Cristóbal Halffter; and, in a very significant way, the set is a fundamental part of the activities of the “Manuel de Falla” Composition Chair promoted by the Junta de Andalucía in Cádiz, since 2004, which has led it to be regularly included in the programming of the Spanish Music Festival held annually in the Andalusian city.

For the next few years, Taller Sonoro plans an tour to the United States and a residency at Harvard University, with Chaya Czernowin, as well as being part of a European project to create an international composition contest and an integrated network of groups and composers through the Europa Creative program, apart from visits to festivals in which it is already a regular presence.

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Ensemble U:

Partners

Founded in 2003, ensemble U: (Helena Tuuling – clarinet, Levi-Danel Mägila – violoncello, Merje Roomere – violin, Taavi Kerikmäe – piano, Tarmo Johannes – flute, Vambola Krigul – percussion) is currently the most active and renowned contemporary music ensemble in Estonia. It has gained recognition for its ability to perform even the most demanding works without a conductor, openness for bold experimental ideas and sensitivity for sound. In addition to Estonia U: has performed at many international festivals.

U: performs the masterworks of modern composers as well as experimental compositions. One distinct field for U: is to delve into improvisational works and perform pieces that require the rendering of non-traditional notation. The repertoire includes authors from Estonia and abroad and the ensemble values the opportunity to continuously commission new music to be written for them. In 2009 U: released their first album “U:” consisting of works by Estonian composers dedicated to U: between 2004–2009. The CD’s presentation took place in a ‘double reality’ – a virtual concert in Second Life, simultaneous with the live presentation, was the first of its kind in Estonia. The second album “Protuberances” was released in 2011. Third CD, entitled “Alive” (2015) holds exclusively selected live recordings from 2012–2014. 

In the field of musical theatre U: has worked with Mart Kangro, one of the internationally most renowned conceptual dance choreographers in Estonia, for several times. Performances “Play” (2006), “Romeo & Juliet” (2008), “Harmony” (2009), “In The Dark” (2019) have stemmed from this collaboration.

In seasons 2013/14, U: celebrated their 10th anniversary and started a lecture-and-concert series entitled “URR – 10 years of resistance”. The series continues to this day, realized in co-operation with the Estonian National Broadcast, with live transmission on Klassikaraadio.

In 2017, U: initiated a project that combines contemporary music, VR (virtual reality) and the nature of Estonia. By 2018 four composers had written site-specific compositions inspired by natural environments, the sounds of those places and U:. 

U: was part of “DYCE. Four by Four, Discovering Young Composers of Europe”, a project co-funded through the Creative Europe Programme of the EU during the years 2018-2020.

Founded in 2003, ensemble U: (Helena Tuuling – clarinet, Levi-Danel Mägila – violoncello, Merje Roomere – violin, Taavi Kerikmäe – piano, Tarmo Johannes – flute, Vambola Krigul – percussion) is currently the most active and renowned contemporary music ensemble in Estonia. It has gained recognition for its ability to perform even the most demanding works without a conductor, openness for bold experimental ideas and sensitivity for sound. In addition to Estonia U: has performed at many international festivals.

U: performs the masterworks of modern composers as well as experimental compositions. One distinct field for U: is to delve into improvisational works and perform pieces that require the rendering of non-traditional notation. The repertoire includes authors from Estonia and abroad and the ensemble values the opportunity to continuously commission new music to be written for them. In 2009 U: released their first album “U:” consisting of works by Estonian composers dedicated to U: between 2004–2009. The CD’s presentation took place in a ‘double reality’ – a virtual concert in Second Life, simultaneous with the live presentation, was the first of its kind in Estonia. The second album “Protuberances” was released in 2011. Third CD, entitled “Alive” (2015) holds exclusively selected live recordings from 2012–2014. 

In the field of musical theatre U: has worked with Mart Kangro, one of the internationally most renowned conceptual dance choreographers in Estonia, for several times. Performances “Play” (2006), “Romeo & Juliet” (2008), “Harmony” (2009), “In The Dark” (2019) have stemmed from this collaboration.

In seasons 2013/14, U: celebrated their 10th anniversary and started a lecture-and-concert series entitled “URR – 10 years of resistance”. The series continues to this day, realized in co-operation with the Estonian National Broadcast, with live transmission on Klassikaraadio.

In 2017, U: initiated a project that combines contemporary music, VR (virtual reality) and the nature of Estonia. By 2018 four composers had written site-specific compositions inspired by natural environments, the sounds of those places and U:. 

U: was part of “DYCE. Four by Four, Discovering Young Composers of Europe”, a project co-funded through the Creative Europe Programme of the EU during the years 2018-2020.


 
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