In 2021 Sounds Unheard’s School Holiday Intensive returns for its seventh year, with a week of new composition and performance activities to inspire secondary music students. This April students will meet composer Jessie Marino (US/Germany): a composer, performer, and media artist whose pieces score out sound, video, gesture, lighting, and staging, treating each of these elements as possible musical material.
Students will learn about Jessie’s “Counterpuntal Cartographies” series of works, invented as a new way of engaging with historical pieces of music. If we treat an existing piece of sheet music as a map of information and begin to substitute new materials, forms and ideas – what happens?
If we decided middle C was no longer middle C, what could the score be asking us to do instead? What sound, gesture or other idea could we substitute for that note? If we swap half of the notes for gestures, can we still recognise the original piece of music? What new discoveries might performers and audiences make as we re-map these pieces?
Students will work in small teams to create their own “Counterpuntal Cartographies”, reimagining pieces of music selected by Jessie to create their own unique reinterpretations. Under the guidance of Jessie and Speak Percussion, the students will compose, workshop and rehearse before recording their creations on the final day of the program.
For further information and the full schedule, please download the April School Holiday Intensive Flyer. To apply please fill out the online form here.
Applications for the April School Holiday Intensive must be received by 5pm Wednesday 7 April. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and applying early is encouraged to avoid disappointment.