AEC Member JAM MUSIC LAB Private University for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna, in cooperation with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO), is organising another edition of the jazz composition competition “Spheres of a Genius”.

RSO and JMLU are continuing their first collaboration from 2017/2018. The composition competition “Spheres of a Genius” was based on the 100th Birthday of the jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk. The subsequent competition paid homage to Leonard Bernstein. This third “Spheres of a Genius” event pays tribute to Carla Bley.

The task of the composition competition relates to the role of Carla Bley as a composer. The winning piece shall succeed in transferring the impulses shaped by her into a demanding musical language of the 21st century.

The special challenge of placing the idioms of jazz in the context of a symphony orchestra should be taken into account.

Check out the call for scores.

The prize-winning work will be premiered on the 4th of October 2023 in the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus Vienna under the direction of Marin Alsop. The concert will be recorded by the ORF and broadcast on the Ö1 program.

Submit your composition by 20th February, good luck!