Call for Scores: composers of the Pacific Rim

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Photo by Jan Gates. From Music on Main’s Orpheus Project, 2014.
Composers! Composers! I’m teaming up with my old pals at Redshift Music Society: we’re putting out a Call for Scores for solo flute written by composers who live or originate from countries situated along the Pacific Rim. Selected works will be performed in Redshift’s 2016/17 season and then recorded for CD release on Redshift Records. Why do this? Because, more than anything else, I’m really curious to see what’s out there. Why Pacific Rim countries? That’s a good question. So many aspects of my life are “Pacific specific”: I’m half Australian, half Japanese, and I live on the West Coast of Canada; Vancouver is a nexus of Asian, Australasian, North, Central, and South American cultures. And while contemporary art music is very Eurocentric thing to specialize in, much of what I do is informed by a heritage that is rather non-European — and this seemed like a cool way to make connections with emerging and established composers who I might (or might not) think along these same lines. All submissions can be sent to The Official Call is below. Please share widely!


Call for Scores: Solo flute
Submission Deadline: August 30th, 2016
Send submissions to:

Redshift Music Society is seeking scores for solo flute (C concert flute, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute) for a 2016/17 season performance event in Vancouver, Canada, by flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor. For this event we are specifically requesting works by composers who live in or originate from countries situated along the Pacific Rim: submissions from Canada, United States of America, Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, East Timor, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and all Oceanian countries will all be considered. There is no restriction regarding age, race, or gender.

Other considerations:

Available instrumentation: solo C concert flute; alto flute in G; bass flute in C; or piccolo in C. Pieces involving electronics or tape cannot be accepted at this time;

Scores must be submitted in PDF format. Do not send hard copies;

Scores must be written in traditional western notation, or provide very clear explanations, in English, of any non-standard notation;

Works that include extended techniques, microtonal writing, and/or alternative tuning systems are welcome;

For solo flute works containing vocal writing: please note that vocal effects and singing should accommodate a tenor/baritone voice range. Text in non-western languages should be written using either western alphabet (preferable) or International Phonetic Alphabet;

Composers may submit multiple works, provided all submitted works are for solo flute;

Duration: each submitted piece not to exceed 15 minutes;

There is no age limit;

By submitting your work(s), you consent to having it (them) performed and recorded.

With your submission, please include your name, one paragraph biography (in English, if available), website link (if available), and country of origin/residence. All submissions must be sent by email to Deadline for submissions is August 30th, 2016.

About the project

Redshift Music Society is working with Canadian flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor to create a performance project that explores new and recent contemporary works for solo flute by composers who live in or originate from Pacific Rim countries. McGregor, a Pacific Rim hybrid himself (a Canadian/Australian citizen based in Vancouver, the product of Japanese and Australian parents), has spent much of his recent career exploring western art music through a non-European lens. This project is an opportunity to connect international composers, explore and celebrate commonalities/differences, and to create professional bonds that may lead to future collaboration.

Selected works will be performed by McGregor in Vancouver during the 2016/2017 concert season. Depending on the number of submissions, there is a possibility for multiple concerts in order to include as many works as possible. Following the performance, these works will be recorded for release on the Redshift Record label (approximate release date: 2018). Selections will be made by McGregor and a panel of professional composers and specialists. All decisions are final.

To learn more about Mark Takeshi McGregor, click HERE.

To learn more about Redshift Music Society, click HERE.

To learn more about Redshift Records, click HERE.

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