UPDATE: In response to this post, Nora has extended the deadline to February 10th!
I had the pleasure of meeting Nora Ryan at this past Sunday’s Experimental Portland Presents… show and talked a bit with her about her recent relocation to our fair city, and her work as a vocalist. She’s an incredible singer; versatile, thoughtful, and so wonderful to have vibrating through your skull on these cold winter days.
One of the things that Ryan is most excited about is collaborating with other musicians and artists, which is why she is accepting proposals for new works that she can perform and (I’m guessing) record at some point. She calls it “The Canary Series,” and she will be singing the material that she chooses during the monthly Muse:forward series that happens at The Waypost.
If you’re interested in proposing something to her – sadly the call for proposals ends at the end of this month – get in touch very soon. More information copy/pasted from her website below.
Miniatures: 1-3 minutes
for solo female voice
female voice+… most anything
1 piece/month to be given a workshop performance at Portland’s experimental open micMuse:forward.
Number of pieces and months: to be determined.
Invited to submit
Creators of All Types and Stripes
Open to Portland Area locals.
Though not required, music can feature collaborative co-creation, improvisation, voice integrated with movement, and extended techniques.
Music featuring the mid-range of the vocal instrument D4-C5 will be met favorably. Full vocal range includes G3-E5 with improvisatory sounds available D3-Fsharp3 and F5-Bflat5.
Voice+ pieces can treat the voice as a soloist/featured instrument, as part of an ensemble (vocal ensemble, chamber ensemble, or chamber band configurations are all fair game), or as a background/textural instrument.
If writing for Voice+ the creator must have access to the additional performing forces required. For example, if submitting a piece for Voice + Accordion, the composer must either be the accordion player or have a friend/colleague cued up to be the accordion player. Basically, write for the forces you have access to. Write for your resources.
Traditional notation, graphical scores, text scores, aleatory elements, or musical arrangements are all open territory. No score? No worries. Proposals, in lieu of scores, that outline and contextualize your idea are perhaps even more applicable to this call. Just introduce yourself and your idea and your process. Give me a sense of what it would be like to come up with some music with you, or what you would want out of my instrument for your vision.
Weird is good, accessible is good too. Conceptual pop tunes, minimalism, folk influence, noise, drone, or ancient music renditions are especially beloved. But most anything else that you can think of is welcomed, really.
Getting in a room with some source materials, some players, and a map of some sort to riff on is what I love to do.
Click here to Submit
Feel free to be informal and creative…
What you will need to submit:
1. link(s) to the PDF of your score and/or proposal via a file sharing service
2. link(s) to examples of your existing work and/or portfolio
3. link(s) to examples of the work of any additional performers for whom the piece is scored
4. link(s) to any score-specific supporting materials you’d like to submit (audio, video, written doc, graphics, personal message, midi recordings, etc.)
You can submit more than one score / proposal.
The Canary Series is a self directed, low-key, mini residency devised and curated by me, Nora Ryan. Big thanks goes to Christopher Corbell of Muse:forward for hosting the series.
To hear/see examples of my work go to about.me/nora.e.ryan.
Click here for sounds that inspire me.
Click here for my bio and here for select works.
And feel free to contact me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you. Questions welcomed