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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
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.
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,
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