About the Project
As we move into winter, and the days get darker, CoMA Glasgow invites you to expand your imagination and be inspired by our collection of graphic scores.
A highlight of the project will be ‘Buddha’ by Julius Eastman, a semi-graphic single-page score. Julius Eastman’s music, which had been lost for decades, was only recently rediscovered and has been growing in popularity with musicians since. Anton Lukoszevieze, cellist and director of Apartment House, became an advocate of his music in the UK: “I first performed Eastman’s music in 2016, which was a revelation for me, as the extant scores are rather fragmentary and incomplete. Some are even just transcriptions from archive recordings”. We are delighted that Anton Lukoszevieze will be introducing us to the score during the project.
We will also explore the colourful score of ‘KRAGRAGA’ by our music director Rūta Vitkauskaitė, and delve into scores by Heidi von Gunden and Christian Wolff.
Graphics by Yannis Xenakis, that merge architecture and music, will take us on a challenging journey of mathematics and precision. Janet Oates, composer and director of CoMA Singers will join us for a session to lead us through one of her recent pieces written for performance via Zoom. Finally, we will explore a score written specifically for this project by our CoMA Glasgow composer Simon Hellewell, introduced by composer himself.
Besides performing, we will also be creating our own collaborative graphic postcards, inspired by the Scottish winter.
The project will take place over five online Zoom rehearsals, concluding in our first ever CoMA Glasgow (online) Christmas Concert which will be broadcast via YouTube on Saturday 12 Dec 2020 at 17:00.
- Sunday 1 Nov 2020, 10:00-12:00
- Thursday 5 Nov 2020, 19:00-21:00
- Wednesday 18 Nov 2020, 19:00-21:00
- Monday 23 Nov 2020, 19:00-21:00
- Monday 7 Dec 2020, 19:00-21:00
To make the project effective, please only register if you can attend all/most of the sessions. If you want to discuss with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Participate
All you need to take part is a device capable of running Zoom (computer, laptop, iPad, tablet etc.) with an inbuilt or peripheral webcam and microphone/speakers. If you have access to professional microphones or other equipment it would be great to use this though not essential.
The CoMA Glasgow team will send out full joining instructions ahead of each session.
Costs / Donations
CoMA Glasgow runs its projects on a pay what you can afford model. We want to ensure that ‘Contemporary Music for All’ is truly accessible to everyone, especially in this challenging economic climate.
In the days leading up to the event, we will send you a welcome email giving details of how to pay. If you feel that you can, even £5 towards our costs really goes a long way to ensuring we can continue to deliver exciting projects. Our committee members cover the costs of the project from their own pockets if the project makes a loss, so every donation is hugely appreciated.
If you are new to CoMA Glasgow, you can join the project for free, and then make a donation at a later time if you prefer.
During the lockdown, CoMA Glasgow developed its newest interactive project – Postcard Pieces. Inspired by our desire to bring a sense of personal connection back to remote music-making, our members created 14 utterly unique pieces written on physical postcards to then be exchanged by post – from the Shetland Isles, to the English south coast, and even reaching as far as Berlin.
Click here to see the full set of postcards
During the lockdown, CoMA Glasgow developed its newest interactive project – Postcard Pieces. Inspired by our desire to bring a sense of personal connection back to remote music-making, our members created 14 utterly unique pieces written on physical postcards to then be exchanged by post – from the Shetland Isles to the English south coast, and even reaching as far as Berlin.
Watch the full collection of postcards in our Online Postbox.
Led by composer Dr Ruta Vitkauskaite, the ‘YouCreate’ project invited musicians of all instruments, composers and sound creators to come together to create and perform a collaborative and unique piece of contemporary music for the lockdown-generation. We developed the piece over four video calls during May/June, and held an online premiere of the completed composition, titled Remote Connections, on 20th June 2020.
Click here to read more about the project, watch the premiere and try the score for yourself!
CoMA Glasgow launched in November 2019, and held our first pilot project in early 2020 at the Scottish Music Centre in Glasgow. Tying into the Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2020, we held an open rehearsal and performance session exploring a selection of pieces written for the event and for CoMA, alongside an exciting and informative session on John Cage’s ‘Concert’ delivered by Philip Thomas. You can listen to some excerpts of our open rehearsal here.
If you are able to donate and support the work of CoMA Glasgow, please click here to donate online. We run our projects on a pay-what-you-can-afford model for those taking part, so every pound is gratefully received and helps us to keep our projects truly open to all.
CoMA Glasgow is growing into a large new music collective with members of all abilities. We meet for specific projects throughout the year (rather than a regular weekly rehearsal) and encourage our members to contribute ideas and lead the facilitation of our projects.
If you are interested in joining us as a player, composer or have ideas for a project you would like to try, get in touch with us…