2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium
Narratives of Memory: Musical Innovation and Intercultural Dialogue

Victoria, BC Canada
August 18-25, 2017

This year the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium will happen in conjunction with the course Narratives of Memory in Hungary, Germany, France and Canada.

Narratives of Memory is a travelling field school from July 16 – August 24, 2017. The course will explore the formation of European Memory in historical sites in France, Germany, Hungary and Canada. The course will examine cultural memory and narrative in Europe and Canada, inviting international students of music to explore the creation and performance of new music in contemporary political and social contexts.

The project will present newly commissioned works from composition mentors Zaid Jabri (Syria), Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary) and Dániel Péter Biró (Canada) composed for three historical sites: Camp des Milles, Aix-en-Provence, France, the Ravensbrück Memorial Site, Ravensbrück Germany and the Budapest Keleti Train Station, Budapest Hungary. Site-specific music compositions created by the composition mentors and music students will then be presented in Canada at the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg and at the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium in Victoria, BC. By recognizing the impact of pre-European Union memories on the present, the field school will help strengthen a larger sense of contemporary culture in Europe and Canada in a time of upheaval, thereby allowing new music to engage international students and new audiences, placing contemporary music within the context of the pressing social issues of our time. The new compositions will be performed in the European sites of memory by violist Ralf Ehlers (England, Arditti Quartet), soprano Márta Murányi (Hungary), and pianist Ermis Theodorakis (Germany). This project has received funding from the Jean Monnet Projects of the European Commission, the Social Science and Research Council of Canada and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

Integrating musical, historical and social-science research, the course will focus on how narratives of the past inform the present context of migration and xenophobia, in particular the Syrian refugee crisis. Researchers will examine how the current crisis requires a response from artists. Social scientists will contextualize the artistic endeavors, as they discuss how each of four countries under study is responding through its own conception of multiculturalism and refugee settlement policies. Narratives of the past come in many forms: oral testimony, literary texts, artistic creations, memorials and musical compositions. Through interactions with guest composers, musicians and scholars, international students and audience members will come into contact with many types of narratives at each of the sites. These will allow for a larger contextualization of the musical performances and how they respond to the historical and contemporary realities of the selected locations.The final concerts will occur during the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium at the University of Victoria and at Open Space, an artist-run centre in Victoria, BC.

More about the field school in Hungary, Germany, France and Canada can be read here.

The 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium will be at the University of Victoria School of Music and Open Space in Victoria, BC, Canada from August 18 -25, 2017. The 2017 Festival’s host ensemble the Tsilumos Ensemble (Victoria, BC) is pleased to collaborate with the internationally acclaimed composers and interpreters of contemporary music.

During the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium new works by Zaid Jabri (Syria), Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary), Dániel Péter Biró (Canada), Örjan Sandred (Canada), Philippe Leroux (Canada), Detlef Heusinger (Germany), Ajtony Csaba (Canada), Max Murray (Canada), Rebecca Saunders (UK), and many other composers will be performed by the Tsilumos Ensemble (Canada),  Liam Hockley (Canada), the Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Québec), pianist Ermis Theodorakis (Germany), the Experimentalstudio (Germany) and David Shively (Canada).

Students of composition, contemporary music interpretation, music technology, conducting and musicology are invited to apply to the symposium. In addition to the concerts, workshops, masterclasses, private lessons and lectures will be provided by the invited artists. Students accepted to the symposium will be able to receive lessons in composition and music technology with Zaid Jabri (Syria), Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary), Dániel Péter Biró (Canada), Kirk McNally, Canada, Örjan Sandred (Canada), Detlef Heusinger (Germany), members of the Experimentalstudio (Germany), conducting with Ajtony Csaba (Canada), Detlef Heusinger (Germany), contemporary music performance practice with members of the Tsilumos Ensemble (Canada), clarinetist  Liam Hockley (Canada), the Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Québec), pianist Ermis Theodorakis (Germany), and David Shively (Canada). In addition, students will be able to attend the Narratives of Memory Symposium on August 24-25, 2017 at the University of Victoria.

The 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium has received generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, SOCAN, the Jean Monnet Projects of the European Commission and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the University of Victoria Office of Research Services, the University of Victoria Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the University of Victoria Office of the the Dean of Fine Arts, the University of Victoria School of Music and the University of Victoria Alumni Association.

The application to the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium is available here:

SALT New Music Festival and Symposium Application Form.

Application Deadline: July 19, 2017.