New Music Composition Contest for Japanese Instruments – a great IB Music Project!

19 09 2014

There has just started an new music composition contest that would be a great chance for IB Music students and others around the world to create new music for their course work that focuses on specific world instruments and new forms of music.

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International Center for Japanese Culture of ICJC for short and Yokohama International School has started an exciting new competition to promote the creation of new music compositions written for a traditional Japanese instrument and one Western instrument.

The composition submitted must be written for two to five performers including up to three 13-string kotos and one 17-string bass koto.  One western instrument must be included in the composition (flute, clarinet, violin or cello).

Composition length should be between 6 to 12 minutes and scored using western music notation.

The goal of this mission is to:

  • promote and raise awareness of traditional Japanese instruments and music by encouraging new compositions on an international scale
  • expand the repertory of quality compositions that successfully utilize Japanese and western traditional instruments
  • support young koto musicians and encourage their participation in the contemporary music scene

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two compositions.  First place is worth ¥500,000 (approx. US$5,000) and Second place is worth ¥100,000 (approx. US$1,000)  Additional awards are: Performances in Japan and the USA, Composer Invitation to Yokohama Japan, and Music Publication of the work.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 31, 2015 (6:00 local time in Japan)

Please GO HERE to read more about contest rules.



2 responses

19 09 2014
Scott Zeuch

Cool Brad, I’m going to discuss this with my students. This will make for a fun add on with our Japanese unit that we did.
Canadian International School
Bangalore India

19 09 2014
Brad Johnston

Hi Scott, It is interesting I hope. I think it fits nicely into a Asian unit. I have already noticed that we should maybe make a help site with connections to information about the Japanese instruments themselves. Good luck!

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