The Mechanics of Breath – Call for composers

Deadline: August 1st, 2019

Hertzbreakerz, in collaboration with Ars Nova Society, is seeking two composers to be invited to write a new piece and to come to Malmö for the rehearsal sessions and the first concert within the frame of the project “Mechanics of breath” (preliminary dates, to be confirmed: March 10th-14th, workshop and first concert). The selected composers will write for the Zöllner/Roche duo (clarinet and accordion, more info at, with optional electronics.
Score must be delivered at the latest by 1st of January.

In order to attend the rehearsals and the premiere (Malmö, Inter Arts Center), selected composers’ living expenses and accommodation (4 nights) will be covered by Hertzbreakerz/Ars Nova Society as well as travel to Malmö. Four more concerts in other Swedish cities will follow, (expenses for attending these concerts is not provided).

Ideas and visions will be discussed during the process, while sharing common spaces and working sessions, and the outcome of this mutual influence will be an important side-effect of the project.

There will be a recording session (video and audio). The material will be published online providing the composer and performers consent to this.

General Conditions:
The call is open to composers of any nationality, with no restrictions whatsoever.
In order to be taken into consideration for this project, each applicant should submit no more than two chamber music compositions representative of his/her/their artistry. One composition should be written for maximum 7 instruments, and one for maximum 2 instruments (in case you decide to submit only one piece please send one with max. 2 instruments). The submitted works can be either with or without electronics.

To apply, please fill the form with all the requested information (see the link and specifications below) and pay the submission fee (€5). Composers who cannot afford the fee should contact Hertzbreakerz for a waiver.
Submissions are due by 24:00 (CET) of the 1st of August, 2019, with the winners announced by the 15th of August 2019.

By submitting, the author accepts to provide the performance materials at no further cost for the organization.

Selection Committee:

Eva Zöllner, accordion

Heather Roche, clarinets
Alessandro Perini, composer, sound technician
Jonatan Sersam, composer, pianist
Francesco Del Nero, composer, pianist

How to submit:
An application fee of 5€ must be made payable to this link: Composers who cannot afford the fee should contact Hertzbreakerz for a waiver.

If you prefer to pay through regular wire transfer, please use this information, using your name and the word CALL as a reference:

Ars Nova Society

℅ Jonatan Sersam
Kommendörsgatan 5A
211 50 Malmö

IBAN: SE85 9500 0099 6034 0532 8497
Bank Name: Nordea

Account Number (only for transfers from Swedish bank accounts):
PlusGiro 53 28 49-7

To complete your application, fill this form:

You’ll be asked to insert your data and informations about the piece(s) you are submitting, including download or streaming links to the recording(s) and to the score(s) if relevant.

We accept all kind of media streaming or storage services without limited download time (NO wetransfer or similar services)

For any further question please write to: hertzbreakerz at gmail com

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