…at the Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity
Program: July 8th - July 13th, 2019
Arrive: July 7th, 2019
Depart: July 14th, 2019
— Overview —
Westben’s Performer-Composer Residency is an international gathering of creative risk-takers whose practice involves some combination of both composition and performance. It is an intensive 6-day collaborative workshop culminating in a final performance - deeply woven into the beautiful rolling hills of Canada’s Northumberland County.
This is not a typical summer music program; it is not based on a division between teachers and students or tuition and competition. Designed for leading professional and dedicated emerging musicians from Canada and beyond, the Westben Performer-Composer Residency encourages a multi-generational exchange within a plurality of approaches to music making while sharing a commitment to building communities through music. The Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity offers a performance nexus and supportive community to create a friendly and stimulating meeting place for Performer-Composers. It’s a welcoming destination to encourage a wide conception of original music making to broaden the musical experience with others.
— What does the program offer? —
A holistic international and intergenerational summit of musical exchange set in a natural, breathtaking landscape, tended by the attentive and loving Westben community. Over the course of the residency, each participant will create their own workshop, participate in everyone’s projects and design and perform in a final concert program of original music for the main summer concert series at The Barn: Westben’s acoustically phenomenal 400-seat timber frame performance venue. The performance will be professionally documented. There will be opportunities to interact with the public at the community clocktower throughout the week and outdoor-under-the-stars-and-in-the-forests pop-up concerts and explorations.
The selected participants will be asked to send a score, a developed project idea or other relevant materials for the final concert, several weeks before the residency dates.
— Fees —
There is no charge to participants to apply or attend. Help fund your travel and your experience here.
— Who is this for? —
For dedicated emerging and established professional musicians interested in things like: improvisation, experimentation, expansion of their instrument(s), multi-stylistic compositional approaches, sound itself, language and voice, music technology, environmental installations, creating communities…basically, as long as a singular title doesn't fit your musical resonance, this is for you.
— Why? —
The Westben Centre of Connection & Creativity seeks to be an eminent home - rooted in Canada - for the experimentation and exchange of diverse Performer-Composers.
It’s an “open-door” musical laboratory set in a naturally vibrant environment cultivating both the freedom to experiment and an opportunity to exchange international and local perspectives.
The corollary of this project is to create meaningful, life-affirming social ecologies of positive growth that embrace uniqueness and are connected to our immediate time and place. It’s a home to peacefully live, work and create and to catalyze a Performer-Composer collectivity that will hopefully last long beyond this residency.
It’s a place where original music is wholesomely supported and can flourish within Westben’s architectural and communal integration of the the breath-taking and breath-giving barn and landscape. You’ll feel it once you’re here.
— Schedule —
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - Late afternoon check-in and an evening greeting at the Barn.
Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, 2019 - Each individual will teach a workshop in whatever manner of presentation they choose and participate in each other’s workshops. There are three locations to choose from depending on the material and logistics of the presentations: the barn, the clocktower or several natural settings. There may be additional mini guest lectures and activities depending on the interest of the participants: philosophy, gardening, music and health exercises etc.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Evening performance for Westben’s main Concerts at the Barn Festival Series which will be professionally recorded and mixed. Participants are responsible for designing the concert program during the week. They may compose something new (encouraged), form new collaborative ensembles or bring in recent works to perform with the other participants. Participants should come to the residency with a work or conception that is ready to rehearse. You will find out the artistic interest of the other participants well in advance!
— Accommodation —
Musicians will be housed in the area at Windswept, a rustic set of cottages on a gorgeous lake. Two nutritious and diet-conscious meals per day will be provided by an in-house chef. Breakfast will be provided by Windswept. Budgets for materials for projects will be negotiated on a case-to-case basis.
— Application —
Apply online and upload your materials with the google form above. If you don’t have a google account, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for other easy ways to apply!
— Adjudication —
All applications are welcome and will be reviewed. Applicants will be selected based on their submitted materials and how they may compliment the pluralistic practices of other applicants. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as the adjudication process is complete. 11 applicants will be accepted.
— Contact —
The online application has space for you to comment on this whole project. We are looking for your input right from the beginning! We want to hear from you. What do you want to see in a program like this?
We value your sincere feedback and any questions you may have.