Composition

The composition workshops are an opportunity for young composers to examine specific themes defined by the academy’s guest composers. Throughout the work sessions and rehearsals with the artists and performers, the young composers will be able to glean knowledge from the experience and advice of their instructors in order to produce a new work.


Orchestra

IRCAM & Maison de la Radio
Saturday—Saturday, June 22—29, 2019  
Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
Pedagogical Advisors: Kaija Saariaho (composer), Carmine Emanuele Cella (composer and researcher)

Six young composers are invited to write a short sketch for orchestra. After a work session with the composer Kaija Saariaho and the conductor, these sketches will be read by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. At the end of these sessions, Carmine Emanuele Cella (composer and researcher, recently named Assistant Professor at CNMAT Berkeley) will open other perspective to the participants by showing the possibilities available with the orchestration software developed at IRCAM. Each participant will have a private appointment with Carmine Emanuele Cella during which they can take advantage of his expertise and see how to use the software.

Applications

Applications must be born after January 1, 1987
Composers can not sign up for the composition workshops more than two years in a row. They can, however, follow the academy’s activities as an auditor as long as they would like.

Apply Online: ULYSSES Platform
Applications Accepted: Tuesday, October 9—Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Reply (e-mail): Thursday, December 20, 2018

Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform,  complete their profile, and click on “apply” on the ManiFeste-2019 call for applications page. They must:

  • Fill out all personal information (name, sex, age, nationality, address, valid ID, photo of the applicant’s face that can be used by IRCAM for access badges)
  • Write a short biography (600 characters MAXIMUM) that can be used by IRCAM for concert programs
  • List their educational experience, professional experience, awards and scholarships,
  • Present 3 works they composed, at least 1 of which is written for orchestra, or for large ensemble (mp3 audio, mp4 video, score in pdf)
  • All recommendation letters or documents deemed useful (pdf)

Jury

The jury is made up of the composer Kaija Saariaho and the director of IRCAM, Frank Madlener

Conditions

Registration fees: 200 €
The academy does not offer any scholarships or housing. Participants must find their own housing.

Selected composers must (under penalty of loss of student status):

  • commit to writing an original score with the following characteristics:
    • 3-6  minutes long
    • for all or a part of the instrumentation, including percussions, excluding all vocal works. In the case of divisions of strings, composers should not write more than two parts per section (v1, v2, a, vc, cb). The two percussion sets are fixed, the instruments can not be switched between percussion set 1 and percussion set 2.
      Instrumentation: 
2 flutes (the 2nd can play the piccolo), 2 oboes (the 2nd can play the English horn), 2 clarinets (the 2nd can play the bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (the 2nd can play the contrabassoon), 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (including 1 bass trombone), 1 timpani, 2 percussions, 1 harp, 1 celesta, strings 6/5/4/3/3
      2 sets of percussions fixed:
      Percussion 1: marimba Concorde 5 octaves (C2-C7) - 1 snare drum - 2 suspended cymbals on a  1 Kolberg stand with extension - 1 set of 5 Kolberg temple blocks - 1 metal chime - 1 large tam tam - 1 medium Thai gong (60 cms) without a precise note - 1 pair of maracas - 1 whip - 1 tambourine - 2 bongos (animal skin).  
      Percussion 2: 1 Musser vibraphone with motor (F3-F6) - 1 concert bass drum - 1 small tam tam - 1 high Thai gong (40 cm) - 2 suspended cymbals - 1 piccolo snare drum - 2 toms (high and medium, 9' and 11') - 1 pair of handle castanets - 1 wood chime - 1 thunder sheet - 1 guiro - 1 log drum (2 sounds).
  • pay all registration fees in full before Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • send the pdf scores (conductor and all separate parts), following the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio graphical guidelines before March 5, 2019 (the guidelines will be sent to students)

A studio mix of the recording will be given to all student composers.

APPLY

Composers who do not send their scores before the deadline or do not respect the instrumentation requested (including the doubles indicated), the percussion set and/or the graphical guidelines, or those who will be absent—even partially—during the workshop will be excluded from the workshop. In this case, registration fees will not be reimbursed.


Conducted Ensemble and Chamber Music

Monday—Friday, June 24—28, 2019 for composers selected at the end of the ManiFeste-2018 academy
CENTQUATRE-Paris
Ensemble intercontemporain, conductor Julien Leroy
Pedagogical Advisors: Marko Nikodijevic/conducted ensemble, Stefano Gervasoni/chamber music (composers)

In 2018, IRCAM wanted a large number of young composers to take advantage of the exceptional environment offered by the ManiFeste academy during the month of June (internationally renowned composers, exceptional musicians, researchers specialized in musical fields, etc.). The first year, these young composers took individual and group classes, took part in encounters, discussions, and started to work on compositional sketches with the teaching composer and the musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain. 12 of these composers were selected to return to the academy in 2019 with their completed piece that will be rehearsed and performed by the Ensemble intercontemporain.

2019 Laureates

Conducted Ensemble: Jaehyuck Choi (South Korea), Francesco Ciurlo (Italy), Simone Corti* (Italy), Jug Marković (Serbia), Benjamin Scheuer (Germany), Francisco Uberto (Argentina).

Chamber Music: Gerardo Gozzi* (Italy), Matteo Gualandi (Italy), Joshua Hey (United States), Kevin Kay (United States), Nicholas Morrish Rarity (United Kingdom), Nicolas Roulive (Belgium).

* With the support of the ULYSSES Network supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.


Chamber Music and Electronics

Two-year Workshop
Session 1: Monday—Saturday, June 17—29, 2019 at IRCAM
Session 2: June 15—27, 2020 at IRCAM for selected composers
Educational Advisors: Raphaël Cendo (composer), Ensemble Nikel (Yaron Deutsch electric guitar, Patrick Stadler saxophones, Brian Archinal percussion, Antoine Françoise piano), IRCAM computer music designers.

IRCAM offers 10 young composers a two-week period during which they will have a series of composition classes on mixed music, instrumental classes given by musicians, one-on-one meetings  with the composer leading the workshop, Raphaël Cendo and the academy’s guest composers, and work sessions on their sketches with musicians. They will also have individual meetings with IRCAM’s computer music designers to fine-tune the electronic part of their work. There will not be any rehearsals with the musicians during this first session.

At the end of this two-week session, some of the young composers will be selected to complete their score (5-10 minutes) during the 2019-2020 year. They will return in 2020, from June 15—27, to rehearse their works performed in concert during the ManiFeste-2020 academy.

Applications

Applications must be born after January 1, 1987
Composers can not sign up for the composition workshops more than two years in a row. They can, however, follow the academy’s activities as an auditor as long as they would like.

Apply Online: ULYSSES Platform
Applications Accepted: until Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Reply (e-mail): February, 2019

Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform, complete their profile, and click on “apply” on the ManiFeste-2019 call for applications page. They must:

  • Fill out all personal information (name, sex, age, nationality, address, valid ID, photo of the applicant’s face that can be used by IRCAM for access badges)
  • Write a short biography (600 characters MAXIMUM) that can be used by IRCAM for concert programs
  • List their educational experience, professional experience, awards and scholarships,
  • Present 3 works they composed, at least 1 uses electronics  (mp3 audio, mp4 video, score in pdf), preferably for Nikel instruments (saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and/or piano)
  • All recommendation letters or documents deemed useful (pdf)

Jury

The jury will be made up of the composer Raphaël Cendo, the musicians from the ensemble Nikel, the director of IRCAM, Frank Madlener, and an IRCAM computer music designer/professor.

Conditions

Registration fees: 300 €
The academy does not offer any scholarships or housing. Participants must find their own housing.

Selected composers must (under penalty of loss of student status):

  • commit to writing an original score with the following characteristics:
    • 1-3 minutes long
    • For one of the following groups:
      - Quartet: saxophone (preferably soprano, tenor and baryton), electric guitar, percussion, piano, and electronics
      - Duo: saxophone (preferably soprano, tenor and baryton), percussion, and electronics
      - Duo: electric guitar, piano, and electronics
  • pay all registration fees in full before Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • send the scores and a sketch of the electronics (sound files, patches, depending on the type of project) by email  before Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • bring their own laptop computer and headphones to the workshop

Conditions for those selected to attend ManiFeste-2020

Composers selected to take attend in 2020 will not have any further registration fees to pay. They must:

  • commit to completing their final sketch presented during the workshop in June 2019
    • 5-10 minutes long
    • For the grouping for which they were selected:
      - Quartet: saxophone (preferably soprano, tenor and baryton), electric guitar, percussion, piano, and electronics
      - Duo: saxophone (preferably soprano, tenor and baryton), percussion, and electronics
      - Duo: electric guitar, piano, and electronics
  • send the finalized electronics and the score before March 12, 2020
  • bring their own laptop computer and headphones to the workshop

APPLY

Composers who do not send their scores before the deadline or do not respect the instrumentation requested (including the doubles indicated), the percussion set or those who will be absent—even partially—during the workshop will be excluded from the workshop. In this case, registration fees will not be reimbursed.