After a successful performance at the Odeion School of Music in Bloemfontein earlier this year, the New Music Ensemble at the School of Music was invited to perform at the New Music Indaba in Durban. This bi-annual event is organised by New Music SA to promote contemporary art music in South Africa.
The New Music Ensemble had the opportunity to perform for a dedicated audience of contemporary art music composers, performers, specialists and enthusiasts. Their closing concert on Sunday 13 October 2013 was well-received and included compositions by Luciano Berio, Kaija Saariaho and Au Arias (conductor of the New Music Ensemble and a Masters student in composition at the School of Music). A solo piano piece by Armand Moolman, a 3rd year BMus student, was also performed for the first time. In addition, the ensemble had the privilege to collaborate with the South African New Music Ensemble in a performance of the famous In C by Terry Riley.
The New Music Ensemble was founded by Au Arias in 2013 and consists mainly of full-time music students with a few additional instrumentalists. They are:
• Maryke Reichel ~ soprano
• Itumeleng Maphakela ~ flute & piccolo
• André Oosthuizen ~ alto flute
• Brian Nelson ~ clarinet
• Elsabé Nortje ~ violin
• Charles Oliver ~ cello
• Estelle Loubser ~ double bass
• Catrien Mulder ~ piano
The ensemble is planning some exciting concerts for 2014, including a theatrical performance of L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Igor Stravinsky, and the melodrama Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg. For further information regarding their performances and recordings, please visit their Facebook page.