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Worldwide response to Instruments INDIA Composition Commission

Indian instrument Thursday 17 September 2015

Composers, academics and postgraduate students, from countries including Argentina, USA, Canada, Japan, India, Mexico, Denmark and Sweden have applied to take part in a new composition commission launched by Liverpool Hope University and Milapfest. 

Launched in the summer, the Instruments India Partnership was established to give composers the opportunity to create with beautiful, and sometimes unheard, sounds of Indian musical instruments. It is also the chance to bring together the electroacoustic and Indian music communities of the world. 

The composition project attracted 55 applicants and a panel now has the task of assessing the submissions and selecting four artists to work with the dynamic archive of instruments.   

Artistic Director of Milapfest Alok Nayak said: “The Instruments India project with Hope University has already worked to bridge the gap in understanding the collaboration between Indian and electroacoustic music. It’s resulted in some fascinating changes and a wonderful Instruments INDIA archive, which is a great resource for students, listeners and audiences.

“With the new commissioning project, we are looking forward to working with Dr Blackburn’s sounds to see what innovative and wonderful creations our participants might conjure up in the future.” 

Dr Manuella Blackburn, Senior Lecturer at Hope University and Principal Researcher for Instruments India, added: “The response to this call is fantastic, presenting a good reflection of the wider research community that want to understand and integrate sounds from other cultures. 

“In its own way, the commissioning project is helping to promote positive attitudes towards cultural diversity by showing how sounds signalling ethnicity, diversity and identity can be appreciated and taken up in a different art forms and contexts.

“Composers across the globe want to get creative with these musical sound samples that are often rare or unobtainable through any other means. It’s a delight to watch this project grow and develop through new international links.”

The successful four applicants chosen by the panel will be announced at the end of September. 

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