Highlights of the Digital Indaba 2021
Following a two-decade tradition of annual festivals (Indaba and Unyazi), NewMusicSA´s projects for the current year are framed under the overarching title, ”Digital Indaba 2021” and the theme of Connectedness. This South African contemporary music program of hybrid format includes the commissioning of new works and a call for scores, a concert series in Johannesburg and Cape Town, an online music series (Stories We Told Ourselves) presented at the National Arts Festival, outreach community activities across Gauteng, and workshops. In Garden Gauteng / iKapa at Ars Electronica 2021, NewMusicSA will show a selection of previously presented highlights from the Digital Indaba 2021, and will premiere new collaborative performances in response to this year´s festival theme, A New Digital Deal.
Dimitri Voudouris (GR/ZA), Hannes Taljaard (ZA), Neo Muyanga (ZA), Waldo Alexander (ZA), Yonela Mnana (ZA), Tiisetso Mashishi (ZA), Morné Van Heerden (ZA), Magda de Vries (ZA), Lungiswa Plaatjies (ZA), Matthijs van Dijk (ZA), Graham du Plessis (ZA), David Lubbe (ZA)
For the Digital Indaba 21, NewMusicSA commissioned three South African composers. These new works were premiered monthly in a concert series in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Panda Rhei is a new commission for violin and electronics composed by Dimitri Voudouris and performed by Waldo Alexander on violin and Voudouris himself on electronics at the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre (Johannesburg, ZA) on Sunday 7 March 2021. Cool as the Shade is my Soul.
Daniel Hutchinson (ZA), Reza Khota (ZA), Zorada Temmingh (ZA), Nicholas Aphane (ZA), Kyla-Rose Smith (US/ZA), Eugene Skeef (UK/ZA), Garth Erasmus (ZA)
Curated by composer and music educator Daniel Hutchinson, Stories We Told Ourselves is an online music series with new works in video format created in isolation by six outstanding artists: Reza Khota, Zorada Temmingh, Nicholas Aphane, Kyla-Rose Smith, Eugene Skeef, and Garth Erasmus. Through their works, the six participants reflect on the theme of isolation during the Covid-19 lockdowns, and the stories they told themselves to cope during this period. While the first three works showcase their improvisation approaches through the jazz guitar, pipe piano organ, and expressive dance, respectively, the latter three fuse original scores with photography, visual art and poetry.
Garden Gauteng / iKapa, a selection of highlights from the Digital Indaba 2021 presented by NewMusicSA at Ars Electronica 2021
Presented by: NewMusicSA NPC, South Africa
Board: Diale Mabitsela, David Lephoto, Lukas Ligeti, Adeyemi Oladiran, Sazi Dlamini, Nonku Phiri
Produced by: Ignacio Priego and Camron Andrews
Supported by: National Arts Council, Rupert Music Foundation, Arts & Culture Trust – Nedbank, SAMRO
In partnership with: ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music, National Arts Festival – Makhanda, Ars Electronica – Festival for Art, Technology & Society