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ACADEMY SECOND MODERNISM
Global womxn composers platform

Did you know that only 7,7% of the works performed by orchestras worldwide are by female composers? That is due to change: a new, over five years of running, Wiener Festwochen project was presented on 6 february during a press conference in New York: the Academy Second Modernism.

The Academy Second Modernism aims to increase the visibility of female creators of music, in particular by calling on theatres, opera houses and concert venues as well as festivals to commit themselves to increasing the share of works by womxn composers in their programmes. After all, even after a century of modernism still only 7.7% of works performed by orchestras worldwide stem from female composers.

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STRATEGIES OF VISIBILITY
50 womxn composers by 2028

Each year from 2024 onwards, ten womxn composers from across the globe will come together with local and international figures of inspiration at Wiener Festwochen in order to develop strategies for greater visibility and present their own compositions. By 2028, fifty womxn composers will therefore have become members and ambassadors of the Academy Second Modernism. This number is a consciously chosen reference to the fifty female students of composition taught by Arnold Schoenberg, who – in contrast to their well-known male colleagues like John Cage, Alban Berg and Anton Webern – have been almost completely forgotten. Patron of the project is Nuria Schoenberg Nono.

WOMXN COMPOSERS 2024

The womxn composers chosen for 2024 by an international jury include Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun, Bushra El-Turk – named one of the 100 most inspiring women by the BBC –, Monthati Masebe from South Africa and Brigitta Muntendorf.

Du Yun
was born in Shanghai and lives in New York; she is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, activist, curator for new music and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Her wide range of works touches on many genres and is performed by the most important ensembles worldwide.
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Bushra El-Turk
is a British-Lebanese composer in the field of concert, theatre, film, TV and live art performances. Her transcultural projects, which are performed by internationally renowned ensembles, opera and concert houses, seamlessly blend Western and Eastern music traditions.
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Brigitta Muntendorf
is a German-Austrian composer who stages often large-format music, dance theatre and 3D sound projects, creating a soundscape of analogue and digital forms of expression. Her works can be experienced at internationally renowned music and art festivals.
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Monthati Masebe
is a composer, sound artist and healer from South Africa. Blending South African indigenous and electronic music, Masebe opens new perspectives and researches the orchestration of traditional African instruments as well as microtonality and polyrhythm in inclusive notations.
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Marina Lukashevich
is a composer, sound engineer and musician from Belarus. Responding to the political crisis in Belarus in the year 2020, her compositions are positioned to interplay with documentary art. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
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Aida Shirazi
is an Iranian composer and performer of (electro)acoustic music. Her work is focussed on timbre and structures, inspired by the Persian and English languages and literatures. Her music has been performed in Iran, in Europe and the USA.
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Shasha Chen
is a composer, multi-media artist and performer from China. Her interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to composition focusses on socio-political topics such as identity, gender and violence. Her works have been performed in the USA, in Canada, Europe and China.
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Dilay Doğanay
was born in İzmir, Turkey. This composer’s works address such topics as geopolitical catastrophes and are performed by artists and ensembles in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Turkey, including the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
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Mirela Ivičević
born in Croatia, is a co-founder of the Black Page Orchestra. Her work centres on the subversive potential of sound. She recontextualises sound and media (side) products of everyday life. Her works are performed at renowned venues and festivals.
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Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis
is a composer from the Philippines. Her artistic and scientific practice centres on Philippine epic song in the context of contemporary music. She has received the Kompositionsförderpreis of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung as well as other awards.
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Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++ Tickets for the two concerts on 8 and 9 June are available at a combined price of EUR 45 at advance ticket sales and subjet to availability. +++

IN CONVERSATION WITH NURIA SCHOENBERG NONO

Concept Jana Beckmann With Du Yun, Bushra El-Turk, Shasha Chen, Dilay Doğanay, Mirela Ivičević, Marina Lukashevich, Monthati Masebe, Brigitta Muntendorf, Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, Aida Shirazi Ensemble Klangforum Wien
Jury* Jana Beckmann, Barbora Horáková Joly, Sofia Jernberg, Sophie Schafleitner, meLê yamomo

*In case of a close relationship between a jury member and an applicant composer, the jury member abstained from voting.

A project by Wiener Festwochen In Cooperation with Arnold Schönberg Center, ORF Radiokulturhaus, Ö1

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