10 November 2015

Cultural Stories: European Contemporary Composers - Second edition: “Sounds of Spirit”

The Delegation of the European Union and the EU InfoCentre in close cooperation with the British Embassy, the Composers Association of Macedonia (SOKOM) and the prominent musicologist and member of SOKOM, Ms. Branka Kostic-Markovic, a partner and coordinator of the project, organised the second edition of the European Contemporary Composers project that was aiming at presenting the contemporary European composers to the public.

The guest – composer for the second edition from 11 – 14 November was Mr. Malcolm Dedman from Great Britain.

On 12 November, Thursday, 13:30 hrs at the EU InfoCentre Mr. Dedman delivered lecture for all interested in contemporary classical music.

The next day, on Friday, 13 November, 20:00 at the Faculty of Music Art he had a workshop with the students of composition.

On 14 November 2015, Saturday, 20:00 at the Faculty of Music Art, Mr. Dedman performed a concert, within the festival for classical music “Autumn Music Festivities” with the prominent ensemble for contemporary music “Con Tempora”. The pieces “Three Human Attributes”, “Duo Concertante” and “String Quartet No 2”  have had their world premiere at the concert in Skopje.

Malcom Dedman is a British contemporary composer who considers his compositional style to be an individual one, benefitting from twentieth century trends, ranging from serialism to quasi-aleatoric techniques. Although his music owes much to the music of Messiaen and Bartók, it also integrates music by many other composers as well as music from different cultures. His pieces have been performed in England, Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Italy, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Africa and many of them were received well by both, audience and critics.

The series of events that present leading contemporary European composers through concerts of their pieces, master classes for students, discussions with domestic composers and professionals and lectures for wider audience, aim to promote the European contemporary art music - contemporary European and domestic composers, and also to contribute to the development of new professional skills among the domestic musicians and cultural operators.