|Posted by The Fourth Wall on February 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM|
We are buzzing with new ideas and fresh energy here at The Fourth Wall after visits to the first annual New Music Gathering in San Francisco and the 37th annual Chamber Music America National Conference in New York. Emboldened by the spirit of working together to create great art, we are excited to announce our first ever call for scores. Up until now, our commissions have come out of conversations over dinner or drinks, but with the increasing popularity of Fruit Flies Like a Banana, we have become a means for audiences outside of the “new music” world to engage with today’s sounds.
Fruit Flies Like a Banana is a show format in which we perform over 20 pieces in 60 minutes with the order determined by the audience drawing cards from a deck. Modeled after the Neo-Futurist theatre company’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind our material ranges from slapstick to serious, vaudeville tricks to arrangements of Bach, and new pieces that have been written specifically for The Fourth Wall. Audiences are held at attention for the full hour, knowing that as soon as each piece is done, we will leap into their space, cards outstretched for them to choose the next piece. This leads to some really engaged listening and audiences frequently cite the “new music” pieces among their favorites!
With over 20 pieces in 60-minutes, we look for pieces that say a lot in a short amount of time. The sweet spot is 2-4 minutes and that’s what we’re asking for. If your piece makes its statement under 2 minutes, that’s great, but pieces over 4 minutes put too much of a squeeze on the rest of the program. The Fourth Wall is primarily a trio of flute, bass trombone, and percussion, but we have many secondary instruments to offer and can send a list upon request! In terms of percussion, the vibraphone is our workhorse with assorted accessories and a handful of drums available. We frequently perform FFLaB in theatre festivals where we have very little setup and tear down time, so minimal percussion sets are key!
This is a non-paying call for scores. Instead of financial reward, the works that we select will receive many performances across the country and we will offer composers high-quality video recordings from live shows. We also will always let you know when and where we are performing your piece so you can share the love across social media and keep ASCAP and BMI up to date.
Submissions for the 2015 summer season are due May 15th. To apply, please email us at [email protected] with your name, contact information, and any social media tags you use as a composer. Scores will be accepted as PDFs through email. Please send a full score plus parts and a sound mockup if possible. If your work is better sent as a hard copy, email us for a mailing address.