The 2nd Annual European
Bigband Composer Competition
Theme: Carl Nielsen
A competition for bigbandcomposers.
Final concert in Culturehouse Islands Brygge, Cph, Juni 1st
1st price 1000 Euro
2nd price 500 Euro
How to apply
Before February 20th ;
Apply for the competition by mailing us;
your contact information (name, address, birthdate, mail address, telephone number)
an exciting jazz arrangement or composition made by you (preferably a bigband arrangement) (as a pdf.) with a sound file (mp3, midi, wma etc.) or a link to a sound file.
Mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org
We will confirm your participation in the competition before the 23rd of February. When we have confirmed your participation you can start writing for the orchestra. The music shall be new and never played before.
The Danish composer Carl Nielsen has his 150 year anniversary in 2015. Your composition shall therefore have a reference to the music of Carl Nielsen. It can be a quote, a theme, a sound, some lyrics or anything you like. Please attach a description (a maximum of 200 words) of how Carl Nielsen is implemented in your music.
Duration 4-8 min. (including solos)
Lineup (The music shall be written for all 21 musicians);
4 singers (1. soprano, 2. soprano, alto and tenor)
Soprano, alto, flute
Soprano, alto, flute
Tenor, clarinet, basclarinet
4 trumpets (w. flugelhorns and mutes)
4 trombones (w. mutes)
Doublebass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Before April 23rd
Send your music to email@example.com as a pdf. with a computersound file (mp3, midi, wma etc.) or a link to a sound file. The pdf. and the soundfile must not contain your name. The mails will be handled by an independent secretary. A board of judges will select the 5 finalists, and all participants will receive a mail on May 1st if they will or will not participate in the final concert.
The band will rehearse the music on the 30th of May from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 31st of May from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm. The final Concert is on the 1st of June in Culturehouse Islands Brygge, Cph at 8.00 pm.
We’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.
THE BIGBAND w. THE VOCALS
Conducted by Mads Pagsberg
Special information for the finalists
The finalists will participate in rehearsals on the 30th and 31st of May.
The finalists’ compositions will be rehearsed and directed by The BigBands conductor Mads Pagsberg.
The finalists will pay for their own transportation to Copenhagen.
The BigBand will pay for the finalists' hotel accommodation from May 30th up to and including June 1st, and also the catering during rehearsals.
The BigBand will provide transportation to and from the Hotel/rehearsals/the final concert.
All other expenses are incurred by the finalists.
The BigBand reserves the right to use the finalists’ compositions after the final concert without additional consideration.
About winner of the 1st Bigband Composer Competition
Alex Cassanyes http://www.alexcassanyes.info Born in Capellades (Barcelona). He studied music composition at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with Arnau Bataller, Manel Camp, Albert Guinovart and Lluís Vergés. Alex has after his success in our competition won 1st Prize "Concurso de composición y arreglos para Big Band" XXXV Festival Internacional de Jazz de Granada. ES (2014) and 1st Prize "XXVII Concorso Internazionale de Composizione per Orchestra Jazz" Barga Jazz Festival. IT (2014).
Listen to his winning competition “After The Dawn” ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ppa2EnCEs
Judge Cim Meyer of Jazz Special:
"Having glanced at the score and listened to the transmitted audio file, it was found that this piece of music was apparently quite complex and with a fine finish. The time signatures alternates between three, four and five quarters and there are even individual prisoners rates for two quarters - perhaps to get an equation to go up? Small Groups can practice playing tight in alternating or odd time signatures. But this must be performed by a big band ... with vocal group! And with limited probation. Would it go well for the concert?
That I didt! The many ambitious step change was surprisingly good in this powerful event. This shows an orchestra of the format, but especially this signals an arranger and composer who can write music that, despite rate changes and other seemingly difficult things comes naturally to play. Vocal Group was equally integrated and instrumented.
In general, there was stuff in After the Dawn. There was determination and drama in this piece of music. As a listener you got a sense of a history of progress. "
Other Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDQQuhiCiGM