Ends on May 13, 2018

$25.00 USD

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 18 - March 10, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

Learning about Freedom

This involves the very ambiguous meaning of the word because it can mean on the one hand peace and on the other hand freedom, liberty. That means to do what you want without limitations. So that will be the theme I will work with, together with Associates. I suggest the Associates bring scores and audio or video samples so I can give them a historical view of freedom in art as well as analyze and help them with their scores.

During the residency Isaac Julien and I will be working on a project together based on his upcoming film installation "Rochester / Pictures" where I intend to collaborate with him as composer and live music performer together with an orchestra. We will also discuss this project with our Associates, and how music involves film, television, computer etc.

Associates should bring a smart phone with video recording capabilities so that we can make recordings of any location, and document our curricula from unique personal perspectives. I believe it is important to investigate several perspectives of the same place or event. This is a part of my working philosophy. I would love to make a small concert together with the Associates but I know that it is not in the plan. Anyway, maybe we can do a small thing just for us? If you begin something you should also have an end. As a former Kagel student I know how important little performances are. That is part of my pedagogical concept. In this way, even a coffee machine, a candle, sounds of cooking and somebody having a shower can help us to do something. Because this is the sublimation of reality. Even a little fart in a good wind makes the audience smile.

And to notate a fart in the score is quite difficult! The amplificated fart soloist has to be behind the horn players because their wind waves the smell away. You can imagine how complicated it is to convince the fart soloist, the sound master and the horn players, the orchestra and the conductor. They all have to be convinced that this fart is a sine qua non for the composition. But this is the reality of a transgressive composer like me has to deal with. Little things are very important. This was just a small and joyful example. Looking for freedom.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following items in common file formats. Maximum file size is limited to 15 mb.

1. A brief biography (one page) that may include a short artistic statement, information about musical and non-musical background, primary influences, experience, and aspirations. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)

2.  A letter of intent stating your artistic goal(s) or a project to pursue during the residency (what you would like to work on during the residency). (.doc, .docx, .pdf)

3. Please submit up to 20 minutes (total) recordings/video of works - or clearly indicated excerpts of works - along with corresponding scores if available. Please note - For files larger than 15MB, please use a cloud service such as dropbox or google drive to share the files. You can also include links to videos on YouTube, Vimeo or your personal web site. Please submit a document with link(s) that will allow Maria to access the large files or view video.

Recommended items to bring with you
1. A lap top computer
2. A smart phone capable of recording video /audio
3. Scores and audio or video samples (scores may be duplicated, and/or printed at ACA up to 11” x 17“/ approximately 28 cm x 43 cm) 

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

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