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24 May 2010 - 0 Comments

This year's Christchurch Big Band Festival has introduced two unique creative competitions.

Musicians world-wide are invited to submit original compositions and new arrangements of standards for big band performance.

Each competition is in two sections: open, which includes professionals, and high school and tertiary education students.

While there's no entry fee, eight generous prizes cover winner and runner-up in each category. First prize for each student section is Sibelius 6 professional notation software, valued above $1000 plus cash. All section winners and runners-up will receive generous cash prizes and award certificates.

The winning entries will be performed during the Big Band Festival over Labour Day weekend in October.

Writing complete scores for a seventeen-piece big band, whether in standard configuration or  with vocals and other instruments, is a skill that needs nurturing and a considerable challenge.

Providing this opportunity for composers and  arrangers to work in the big band field is intended to offer them recognition and foster the profile and versatility of big band music.

Computer Music Ltd has sponsored the competitions, conditions and details of which are on the Big Band website, www.bigband.co.nz.

This international promotion puts New Zealand firmly on the big band orchestral map.

Background

This is the fourth year of the BIG BAND FESTIVAL which will be held at Labour Weekend in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Festival has grown from what was a local event to featuring national and international artists. This year there will be big bands from New Zealand, Australia and special guests fro America - Bill Cunliffe and Bob Sheppard, wonderful Jazz musicians. (full bio's and photos available) 

The Festival also provides opportunities for young musicians to workshop and perform with more seasoned artists, but overall the the Festival sets out to encourage and enjoy Big Band music.

This year the Festival has introduced the new arranging and composing competition detailed above.

The Big Band Festival is unique in Australasia and while a number of Jazz festivals feature big bands, this in the first dedicated big band festival down under.

Thanks to www.bigband.co.nz for this story.


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