Cisum Percussion

Collaborating In Styles, United (by) Music

Cisum Percussion presents:

composing for percussion 2017


As an ensemble, Cisum shares a goal of expanding and developing the styles and capabilities within modern day percussion literature. The vast wealth of backgrounds the ensemble possesses span a plethora of musical styles and creates a unique environment in which anything is possible. The group revels in the performance of a crossbreed of styles such as contemporary classical music, rock, minimalism, funk, jazz, combined with the use of visual arts and theater. Constantly seeking out new works and composers, Cisum Percussion continues to explore this genre-melding sound world.

In an effort to further expand their educational outreach, and to more easily give composers the tools they need for success, Cisum Percussion presents a three (3) day workshop with a focus on writing for percussion. Twelve (12) composers will be selected as fellows for the program to receive one-on-one access to rehearsals/instruction as well as free admissions to concerts and masterclasses. Each of the composer fellows will receive a world premiere and a recording of a new work written for percussion. Cisum Percussion views this opportunity not only as a learning experience for composers, but rather an opportunity to create career-long relationships between musicians and composers. 

 

Workshop Overview

The workshop is being hosted in Brooklyn, NY from October 6-8, 2017

Day One

The first day consists of six (6) rehearsal slots for the composer fellows. These rehearsals are closed to the public in order to give full attention to the detail of each piece of music. Composer fellows are welcome to take notes, make rehearsal recordings and become hands-on with the instruments. We are there to bring your creation to life. 

After rehearsals, Cisum Percussion will host the first masterclass of the weekend. The first masterclass is open to the public and will feature varied repertoire from the standards to brand new works. They will tackle problems and solutions when writing for percussion in varied ensemble settings. (guest speakers to be announced)

Day Two

The second day consists of the six (6) remaining rehearsal slots for the composer fellows. These rehearsals are closed to the public in order to give full attention to the detail of each piece of music. Composer fellows are welcome to take notes, make rehearsal recordings and become hands-on with the instruments. We are there to bring your creation to life.

After rehearsals, Cisum Percussion will host the first concert of the weekend. The first concert is open to the public and will feature six (6) world premieres by the visiting composer fellows. The concert will be recorded on video and audio as well as live streamed through Facebook. 

Day Three

Cisum Percussion will host the second masterclass of the weekend. The second masterclass is open to the public and will feature varied repertoire from the standards to brand new works. They will tackle problems and solutions when writing for percussion in varied ensemble settings. (guest speakers to be announced)

After the masterclass, Cisum Percussion will host the second concert of the weekend. The second concert is open to the public and will feature the remaining six (6) world premieres by the visiting composer fellows. The concert will be recorded on video and audio as well as live streamed through Facebook. 

 

The application period for "Composing for Percussion 2017" has ended. Please check back on a later date for announcements concerning the 2017 Composer Fellows as well as applications for "Composing for Percussion 2018."