Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra – Open Call for Composers

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We are inviting composers, both young and established, from the Western Balkan region – Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, as well as other Balkan countries to submit their works to be included in the repertoire of the newly formed Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra program. Composers must be aged 18 or over at the time of application.

We ask composers to take following line-up into account when composing for the Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra:

  • 1 flute
  • 2 alt saxophones
  • 1 tenor saxophone
  • 1 baritone saxophone
  • 3 trumpets
  • 1 horn
  • 2 trombones
  • 1 tuba
  • 1 piano
  • 1 guitar
  • 1 double bass
  • 1 drums
  • 1 percussion (bongos, conga, darbuka, cajon).

Additional options:

There is a possibility to include one more pianist on synthesizer, one more guitar player and two female vocals (1 soprano and 1 alto).

Smaller instruments such as various types of rattles, def, guiro, cowbell, woodblock, kokoriko, castanets, tambourine, cabasa, vibraslap, claves, bells, and other small objects are also offered in the percussion set.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form

Please enclose in the application form two scores of your earlier compositions written for a similar composition (Big Band, for example) in PDF and an audio recording of the same (studio, concert or electronic).

Your pieces should have been written within the last two years, so that they give a current picture of your compositional approach.

The deadline for applications is 4th of January 2021.

Process:

Based on works submitted we will select composers until 18 January 2021, and invite them to create new pieces for the Orchestra (or rearrange their scores composed already).

Selected composers should submit one or two new compositions by March 15 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by the experts from the partner institutions: Antonio Kitanovski, composer (professor at the Music Academy – Goce Delčev University, Štip, North Macedonia), Vladimir Nikolov, composer (professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade), mentors and conductors, and Maja Popović, music editor (Director, Jazz Art).

Originality and inventiveness will be especially valued.

Compositions which will be included in the repertoire of the Orchestra will be performed at the public concerts in Podgorica and Cetinje, Montenegro, the last week of April 2021, at the closure of the Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro event.

We welcome applications from musicians of all backgrounds. In particular, we would like to encourage applications from female composers, as they are generally not represented sufficiently in the jazz productions.

We also encourage and welcome all the young talented and interested musicians from the Western Balkans region and beyond to apply with their works for the Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra repertoire.

The deadline for applications is 4th of January 2021.

For any questions related to the application process, please contact:

maja@jazzartassociation.org

ONLINE APPLICATION


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

 

 

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Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra – Open Call for Musicians

FB cover BYJOCalling all young musicians hailing from the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, and Serbia! You are invited to take part in our new „Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra“ project, implemented by Podgorica’s own Jazz Art NGO and funded by the Western Balkans Fund. University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music and University “Goce Delchev” Academy of Music in Štip will be our esteemed partners in this project.

Musicians from 18 to 27 years of age are eligible and priority instruments include:

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  •  Tuba
  • Saxophone (alt, tenor and baritone)
  • Piano
  •  Bass (guitar or double bass)
  • Drums
  • Guitar

Other instruments that will be considered for inclusion are:

  • Strings (violin, viola and cello)
  • Woodwind (bassoon, oboe, flute, clarinet)
  • Horn
  • Vocal

In addition to:

  • Harp
  • Percussion
  • Accordion
  • Traditional instruments

In the selection process, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Sight reading
  • Creative improvisation
  • Ability to perform with a group

Candidates should have at least one of the above capabilities.

If interested, please fill out this online application.

Through this form, interested candidates should also send one to three videos showcasing their musical capabilities through compositions no longer than six minutes.

Applications will be accepted from 1 July to 1 October 2020.

Successful candidates will be invited for an online audition two weeks after the closure of this open call.

Chosen members of the “Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra” will have the opportunity to cooperate with experts, Antonio Kitanovski and Vladimir Nikolov, nominated by the project’s partners, and become involved in the preparation of the versatile repertory, consisting of works of young and prominent composers from our region. The project’s final stage will take place in Podgorica (Montenegro). During the six-day rehearsal period, from April 24 to April 30, 2021, there will be intensive preparations followed by multiple concert performances in Podgorica and Cetinje. These performances will be held as part of our Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro on April 29 and April 30, 2021, culminating with International Jazz Day. All the costs of travel and your stay in Podgorica will be covered by Jazz Art.

We would like to encourage all the young talented and interested musicians from the Western Balkans region to apply for this opportunity and join us in the first Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra.

ONLINE APPLICATION

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

 

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Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra

We are happy to announce that our brand new project „Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra“ has been awarded a grant by the Western Balkan Fund in its third call for regional project proposals. Our project was chosen from over 290 submitted applications, and is one of the 24 winning projects.

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The project will start in early June and will run for the next 12 months. We will keep you informed about the project’s phases as it develops. We will implement this project with our project partners: the Academy of Music, Goce Delcev University in Stip, North of Macedonia, and  the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.

We thank to Western Balkan Fund for their recognition and cooperation.

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