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Class Axe Guitar Workshop 2018-19

A community of guitar players from across Canada is working with the Canadian Music Centre to present a reimagined version of the Class Axe Guitar Workshop. Established in 2014, Class Axe brings composers and guitarists together to develop new works for solo classical guitar. The project is tailored to composers with little or no experience with guitar.

The 2018-19 edition will involve seven to eight (7-8) composers. Each composer will be paired with a dedicated guitarist in the development of a short work (maximum 5 minutes). Upon completion, each work will be shared among the guitarists nationally and presented in a minimum of three concerts—each work will be performed by multiple guitarists. A performance will take place in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

This is a voluntary workshop.

Application Deadline: October 14, 2018 (11:59 pm PST)

Eligibility: This call is open to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada, as well as non-Canadian composers who are studying/working within Canada.

Application Requirements:

  • Artist CV
  • Sample works
  • Short written statements

Click here to use the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Other logistical notes, and expectations:

  • Remote participation can be coordinated for composers.
  • No prior experience in composing for or playing guitar is required. A lack of experience is preferred.
  • For the purposes of the workshop, electronics will be limited to stereo diffusion of tape parts.
  • Selected composers must communicate actively with their designated guitarist, and be available for monthly sessions (roughly 1 hour) with their guitarist.
  • At each stage of the project, selected composers should provide a legible copy of their sketches/piece, ideally as PDF extracts or scans of handwritten scores.
  • Project participants will access and upload to a google drive folder for centralization of relevant documents in order to simplify national rehearsals and performances
  • Due to the workload involved in preparing each piece we require that works are 5 minutes or less. A selected composer is welcome to develop and present a longer version of their piece independently of the workshop process.
  • Composers can coordinate with guitarists to run workshop sessions at the CMC (Toronto), and possible other partner venues.

Orientation Session: The CMC will coordinate an opening session in early November for all participating composers. This session will review the mechanics of the classical guitar, go over existing repertoire/notation, and discuss rehearsal facilitation and an overall code of conduct for the work involved in Class Axe

General Schedule:

  • October 14: Submission deadline
  • October 19: Participants selected, guitarists appointed
  • Early November: Orientation session for composers
  • November-February: monthly sessions with guitarist
  • Late February: sharing final works with other guitarists for national performances
  • March-April: Rehearsals and performances of works

Selection process: Participants will be determined through review by participating guitarists, U of T Faculty, and CMC representatives. The decision of the jury is final. There is no procedure for appealing the jury's decision.

Questions & Clarifications
CMC Ontario Director, Matthew Fava (matthew.fava@cmccanada.org, 416-961-6601 ext. 207).

List of Participating guitarists

Montreal
An-Laurence Higgins
Marlène Demers-Lemay
Asa Bryce

Ottawa
Craig Visser
Emily Shaw
Nathan Bredeson
Alexandre Bougie
Andrew Mah
François Lacelle

Toronto
Daniel Ramjattan
James Renwick
Navid Niknejad
Rob MacDonald

Vancouver
Luis Medina
Alec Pearson
Joel Thomson
Michael Bemmels