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Unyazi Festival - concerts and workshops 
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Unyazi III Electronic Music Festival

UKZN Howard College Campus
Wednesday 12th – Saturday 15th September 2012

Meaning ‘lightning’ in isiZulu, the name Unyazi has been synonymous with electronic music in South Africa since the first festival in 2005. NewMusicSA’s national and international celebration of electronic music is back again this September with a stunning array of artists from this country and around the world.

The festival is curated by Jürgen Bräuninger and details of confirmed acts and festival information are available on the web at The page is being updated regularly, so be sure to check back often to find out about the latest developments.

“Fiercely intrepid improvisers” Die Schrauber, will be travelling from points in the US, Mexico and Germany to perform their own brand of music involving dense musical textures and high-energy interaction that incorporates circuit bending, sampling and live sound processing.

Hadron, from Switzerland (drums, electric bass and electronics), will create an intense listening experience, and from Japan/San Francisco, American artist Carl Stone will perform his own music for live electronics.

The duo Into (Brydon Bolton and Frank Mallows), from South Africa, create unique improvisations from visual material and recorded sound with contributions from vibraphone and double bass. Also from this country we’ll hear music by Hannes Taljaard and Aragorn will be performing his work, which reflects early industrial music artists like Throbbing Gristle and SPK as he reproduces in his own way the raw experimentalism and inexact, intensive properties that made these artists so compelling.

Making a welcome return to Unyazi are Lukas Ligeti, whose close link with South Africa began with the first festival in 2005, South African sound guru Warrick Sony, who will present the brand new Kalahari Surfers album Agitprop, and Dimitri Voudouris, curator of the first Unyazi. Jill Richards also continues her relationship with our festivals as she teams up with Johannesburg-based artist João Orecchia in a concert of improvised electroacoustic music as well as performing her own programme of music for piano and electronics.

Irish violin virtuoso Darragh Morgan, who is no stranger to Durban, will once again bring cutting-edge music to KZN and American oboist Alison Lowell of the KZNPO will blend her instrument with electronic textures.

NewMusicSA’s Growing Composers workshops will take place as part of this year’s Unyazi Electronic Music Festival at UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban. The festival will run from Wednesday 12 September to Saturday the 15th, but workshops, lectures and talks are scheduled only for Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September. We encourage workshop participants to attend the whole festival if possible.
We welcome young/emerging composers from throughout the country. We have some funds to provide a certain amount of support in terms of travel and accommodation for those who need it. Supported travel will be by bus/coach - please contact for information.
This year the focus will be on electronic composition. No prior experience in this area is necessary to participate in the workshops. However, you need to demonstrate a dedication to composition and some experience of writing music (from undergraduate level upwards). The workshops are free to all successful applicants.
The workshops will be led by internationally renowned musicians including the group Hadron (guitars, drums and electronics) from Switzerland (Marino Pliakas and Michael Wertmuller), Lukas Ligeti who lives and works in many parts of the world in various genres, the multinational group Die Schrauber with Hans Tammen, Joker Niess and Mario de Vega who hail from Germany, the USA and Mexico, as well as Carl Stone an electroacoustic artist working in the USA and Japan. Warrick Sony, the founder and sole member of the Kalahari Surfers will also share his experience.

Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:27 pm
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