Ulysses Journey 2022 Commission Opportunities

31 August 2021 20:45 - 19 September 2021 00:00

The 100th anniversary on 2 February 2022 of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce will be celebrated all over the world. In light of the importance to Dublin and Ireland of this milestone in world literature, the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland is planning an international celebration Ulysses Journey 2022. Given Ulysses’ connections with Ireland, France (where it was published) and Hungary (through the character Leopold Bloom), Ulysses Journey 2022 will start in Dublin on 2 February 2022, and will journey to Belfast and back to Dublin in early February 2022, onwards to Budapest for Bloomsday 2022, and will end in Paris on 18 June 2022.

A number of new works by composers from Ireland, which are inspired by, reflect on and/or respond to Ulysses, together with films by filmmakers from Ireland to accompany these new works, will be co-commissioned by CMC and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and One Dublin One Book 2022, specially for the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses.

These new Irish works and films will be screened in the following cities:

  • World Premiere simultaneously in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris on 2 February 2022, the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses
  • SARC in Queens University, Belfast on 5 February 2022
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris on 16 June 2022
  • FUGA in Budapest on 17 June 2022
  • And on the CMC and CCI websites and YouTube channels following the final public screening

Details of these Music Commission Opportunities

  • These music commission opportunities are open to CMC-represented composers
  • Selected composers will be invited to compose works inspired by, reflecting on and/or responding to Ulysses by James Joyce, of 5 minutes approx. in duration, for at least two or all of the following - accordion, spoken word and electronics
  • In line with CMC guidelines, each commission will attract a commission fee in the amount of €2,500
  • Selected composers will work with one of a number of selected filmmakers from Ireland, assigned to them after consultation, in the creation of a film to accompany the recording of their new work
  • As these new works will need to be recorded and accompanying films will be commissioned post-recording, selected composers, filmmakers and performers will need to be able to work to the tight deadlines outlined in the timeline below
  • One of these music/film commissions has been awarded through the CMC Emerging Composer Scheme 2020/2021. Apart from this award, selection will be by an independent panel, the decisions of which are final.

Timeline for ‘Ulysses Journey 2022’, including these Music Commission Opportunities

These music commission opportunities are part of Ulysses Journey 2022, which also includes a concert tour at home and abroad of new and existing works by both Irish and Hungarian composers performed by Hungarian guitarist Katalin Koltai and Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and a talk by CMC-represented composer Benjamin Dwyer in relation to Ulysses and Joyce in general to complement film screenings, the overall timeline for which is as follows:

MUSIC COMMISSIONS

  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021: Publication of Music Commission Opportunities
  • Midnight on Sunday, 19 September 2021: Deadline for applications for music commissions
  • By End of September 2021: Selection by independent panel, the decisions of which are final, and announcement of composers to be commissioned
  • Wednesday, 1 December 2021: Deadline for receipt by CMC of finalised scores and parts for new music compositions
  • Week Commencing Monday, 6 December 2021: Midi mock-up by composers, or rehearsal recording of new music compositions by selected performers, for use as a guide only by filmmakers
  • End December 2021: Professional recording of new music compositions by selected performers for use in commissioned new films
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022: Deadline for receipt by CMC of fully completed new films by selected filmmakers

SCREENINGS & PERFORMANCES

  • Wednesday, 2 February 2022/ Dublin: World Premiere screening of new works and films simultaneously in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin and in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris
  • Friday, 4 February 2022/ Belfast: Concert by Hungarian guitarist Katalin Koltai and Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard in partnership with Moving on Music in Belfast
  • Saturday, 5 February 2022/ Belfast: Screening of new works and films in partnership with SARC at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Sunday, 6 February 2022/ Dublin: Concert by Hungarian guitarist Katalin Koltai and Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard in partnership with Sundays@Noon at The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin
  • Bloomsday, 16 June 2022/ Budapest: Concert by Hungarian guitarist Katalin Koltai and Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard in partnership with the Budapest Music Center in Budapest and with support from the Embassy of Ireland, Hungary
  • Bloomsday, 16 June 2022/Paris: Screening of new works and films in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris
  • Friday, 17 June 2022/ Budapest: Hungarian Premiere screening of new works and films in partnership with FUGA in Budapest
  • Saturday, 18 June 2022/ Paris: Concert by Hungarian guitarist Katalin Koltai and Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in partnership with the Hungarian Institute in Paris
  • Details in relation to other partner venues that may be added, including the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), will be communicated to selected composers and filmmakers

How to Apply

Interested CMC-represented composers are invited to submit applications for consideration for one of these music commissions comprising:

  • Maximum one-page project proposal outlining the composer’s vision, concepts, connection of the proposed new work with Ulysses by James Joyce and any proposed text/texts for any spoken word that may be included
  • Submission of three scores (maximum) of past works in pdf format
  • Links to recent works on recognised platforms such as YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo
  • An outline of previous commissions and details of recent works

Proposals should demonstrate the following:

  • A work that is inspired by, reflects on and/or responds to Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Clear track record of composer
  • High artistic merit
  • Clearly achievable in the tight timeframe provided for this project and within the allocated budget

Applications will only be accepted by email. Applications should be emailed to submissions@cmc.ie with the subject heading Ulysses Journey 2022.

CMC and its Ulysses Journey 2022 partners are committed to policies supporting equality and inclusion on the basis of Age, Disability, Gender, Marital/Civil Status, Family Status, Race, Religion/Politics, Sexual Orientation or membership of the Travelling Community.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda O’Shea Farren, Communications & Projects Manager at the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland on losheafarren@cmc.ie.

The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Project Lottery Funding. These Ulysses Journey 2022 music and film works are co-commissioned with the Centre Culturel Irlandais as part of its Joyce Season (2 February - 20 June 2022) supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 programme. These commissions are also supported by One Dublin One Book 2022 through funding from Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council.