Alex Nowitz wins 2. ECPNM European Competition for Live-Electronic Music Projects

16 October 2009

More than 40 projects from all over Europe were proposed for the 2. ECPNM European Competition for Live-Electronic Music Projects. An international jury selected 6 projects; on 4 October they were premiered at the final concert of the ISCM World New Music Days 2009 in Gothenburg. The jury awarded Alex Nowitz (Germany) as winner of the competition. He performed himself in his work "Minotaurus" (for singer/performer, live-el. gestural controllers). The following works were selected for this final: • Anne Parlevliet (Netherlands) - "Open" for piano & live-electronics • Katarina Glowicka (Netherlands/Poland) - "Turbulence" for piano, live-electronics & video • Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece) - "Hit the beat" for amplified snare drum and live-electronics • Jan Trützschler (Netherlands) - "Cut" for paper, percussion and electronics • Alex Nowitz (Germany) - "Minotaurus" for singer/performer, live-electronic gestural controllers • Maurits Fennis (Netherlands) - "Proteon", interface, software, algae Pianist Sonsoles Alonso performed in the works by Anne Parlevliet and Katarina Glowicka, and percussionist Jonny Axelsson performed in the works by Jan Trütschler and Panayiotis Kokoras. For technical reasons the work by Maurits Fennis couldn’t be performed on 4 October. All other works were recorded by Swedish Radio and broadcast some days later. The winning project (and some of the other finalists) will be programmed in the festivals of several members of the European Conference of Promoters of New Music (ECPNM) in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy in the coming year. The winner furthermore receives a residency in the EMS studio in Stockholm.