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Banff Musicians in Residence | Early Fall 2019

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Overview  

This program provides space and focused time for musicians of all genres to concentrate on artistic development while working on projects that can be either individually or group/ensemble based. You may be working in your established genre(s), or exploring a new one.

In addition to having the freedom to structure your time around the needs of your project, you will receive artistic inspiration and career advice from well-established faculty (visiting artists) who will be in residence at intervals throughout the program. The visiting artists come from all musical backgrounds, therefore over six weeks, participants will have access to a range of artistic influences.  

Those interested in additional professional development can apply for the role of Artistic Associate and act as the liaison between faculty and musicians for the program's duration. An individual of exceptional musical ability and maturity will be offered this unique opportunity to be involved in the delivery and event curation of the Banff Musicians in Residence program. The Artistic Associate will liaise between visiting artists and resident musicians as well as Music programming and production staff.  

What does the program offer?

A different visiting artist is brought in each week to assist and mentor program participants. Visiting artists are available four to five hours per day for group and one-on-one consultations. The opportunities for interaction and collaboration have the potential to produce outstanding, creative results.  Performance and recording opportunities are also available.

A personal studio space to work from is provided and available 24 hours a day. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency. Scholarship is available.

Who should apply?

Open to applicants worldwide, this residency is an opportunity to create without the daily stresses of life.  The program is ideal for individual musicians, ensembles, bands, composers, and music researchers to spend focused time working on a specific project; creating new works; preparing for concerts, auditions or competitions; or exploring and researching innovative ideas. 

Participants should be comfortable working autonomously in an unstructured environment to benefit the most from the program. Musicians at all levels are encouraged to apply.

The Artistic Associate may come from any musical background, but will have a wide-ranging knowledge and interest in a variety of musical genres. You must apply with a specific project and will be asked to submit a letter of intent specifically for the Artistic Associate role at the end of the application process.  A phone interview will be scheduled for the shortlisted candidates. 

Application Deadline: May 08, 2019
Date: September 16 - October 25, 2019 

Deadline: 
05/08/2019
Fee Detail: 
65
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Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars

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Check out the report on Gavin's 2018 session here.Gavin Bryars is without a doubt one of the world's most celebrated living composers. He emerged to the musical establishment in the early sixties, playing bass with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley - his relationship with improvisation was short lived, and by the late 60's he was working with John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and John White. His first major works - The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), originally released on Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975, and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) - were released in new versions in the 1990s, selling over a quarter of a million copies.

Opera and ballet have formed important strands in Gavin's practice - he has written four full-length operas, working with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Mainz Opera, Long Beach Opera and the Opera de Paris, alongside such renowned directors as Robert Wilson, Georges Delnon and Jean Lacorrnerie. Hi has worked with Opera North Projects and the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2006, and his collaboration with Merce Cunningham, Biped, toured worldwide with the Cunningham Company.

Elsewhere in Gavin's extensive catalogue of works can be found vocal works written for The Hilliard Ensemble, and commissions for Bournemouth Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Primavera Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. His background in the visual arts has resulted in works for the opening of the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, an installation in the Chateau d'Oiron, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, a work for the Tate Gallery St Ives, and a project for the Valencia Architecture Biennale. This visual arts affinity has also led to highly successful collaborations with David Byrne, Bruce MacLean, Bill Culbert, Juan Munoz, Christian Boltanski, Will Alsop and others.

This course will take Gavin's work as a starting point to examine compositional forms and strategies, working closely with the group's existing practice and methods, with the aim of each student developing a finished work for performance at the end of the session. Students from all musical backgrounds are welcome, whether classically trained, improvisors, sound artists, installation artists, conceptual artists or favouring any other approach. The session will include:

Individual tuition sessions, examining and developing each student's existing work and practiceGroup sessions examining different types of musical material, including vocal music (both solo and ensemble), string music, opera, music for dance, composing in relation to music from the past, and arranging the music of othersEvening events showing Gavin's work in opera and filmDevelopment of each student's work for final performance by the group at the end of the course

The sessions will be accompanied by optional outdoors activities led by CAMP crew, including guided mountaineering, visits to local beauty points, and downtime to hang out, relax, enjoy the local food and wine, and learn informally from Gavin, the CAMP crew, and your fellow students. Following the course, further support of the work developed will come in the form of performance and releasing opportunities via Fuse Art Space and our range of in-house record labels.

Deadline: 
05/15/2019
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2019 Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Opportunities for Writers and Musicians

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2019 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – SESSION DATES

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Session 01: Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 24, 2019

Session 02: Thursday, June 27 – Monday, July 22, 2019

Session 03: Thursday, August 8 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Session 04: Thursday, September 5 – Monday, September 30, 2019

Applications only accepted through Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Submittable site: https://woodstockbyrdcliffeguild.submittable.com/submit

Byrdcliffe welcomes Artists-in-Residence for 2019 in the areas of Writing, Music Composition, and Playwriting/Screenwriting (details below).

Individual artists participating in Byrdcliffe's Artist-in-Residence program are asked to pay a subsidized fee of $700 for the residency which covers studio access and accommodations within a 250-acre mountain campus. You may select your accommodation preferences on the application. Byrdcliffe offers financial aid opportunities to participants based on a combination of need and merit. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must submit the required financial information listed in the application.

Writing

All forms of original prose, poetry, and nonfiction are accepted at Byrdcliffe for the May through September 2019 AIR season. Nonfiction in this category may include essays, criticism, journalism, autobiography, monographs, memoirs, and experimental forms.

Music Composition

Composers, songwriters, and musicians working in a wide range of musical genres are welcome at Byrdcliffe during the May through September 2019 AIR season. Music Composition residents have access to a private studio called the Ice House, a converted outbuilding with an upright Steinway Piano near the Byrdcliffe Barn where they can work undisturbed as well as several performance spaces that may be utilized for informal presentations of works-in-progress.

Playwriting/Screenwriting

Writers working on a screenplay, stage play, teleplay, radio play, and/or an audio drama are accepted at Byrdcliffe in this category for the May through September 2019 AIR season. Playwrights are typically given a work space in White Pines, the magnificent and quiet original home of Byrdcliffe’s founders.

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs can be seen here:  http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residency-programs/

Questions about Byrdcliffe’s AIR program or required materials? Email info@woodstockguild.org

Since its founding in 1902, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, located in the historic, unique community of Woodstock, NY, is one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America, located only 2.5 hours north of New York City. Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more, to and live and work on a 250-acre property surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountains.

Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA communities, and other historically underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate young children at this time. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.

Accommodations consist of simple historic arts & crafts style cabins and cottages clustered together in a close to nature forest setting. Mice, deer, hawks, ticks, chipmunks, bunnies, bears, owls, dust, leaf mold, and other elements of nature are present.

Deadline: 
02/15/2018
Fee Detail: 
$45.00USD

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