Southeast Asia, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In cooperation with Goethe-Institut and CTM Festival, Musicboard Berlin will grant one Berlin-based pop musician a residency abroad in Southeast Asia. As a part of the multi-year Nusasonic project and in collaboration with Playfreely/BlackKaji, Yes No Klub and WSK Festival for the Recently Possible, the residency wanders throughout Southeast Asia from year to year. In 2020 it will take place in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Intended for solo artists working and living in Berlin. Musicians active between experimental pop, club music, sound art, noise, improvisation, and multimedia performance are encouraged to apply. Applicants should work or currently be developing work related to the fields of instrument-building, wearable technology, sound installation, or film & music. Musicians interested in applying should demonstrate a high level of independence and personal initiative, be open for interdisciplinary exchange, and have a keen interest in working with community.

Six weeks around October 2020. The precise dates can be coordinated between the cooperation partners and the selected musician.

Foto: Playfreely/BlackKaji, Singapore

About Nusasonic
Nusasonic  is a multi-year project that plunges into a broad spectrum of experimental sound and music cultures in Southeast Asia, enabling dialogue within the region, with Europe, and beyond. Adopting a multi-perspective approach, the project is collaboratively created by Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta),WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore), and CTM Festival for Adventurous Music & Art (Berlin). Nusasonic is an initiative of the Goethe-Institutes in Southeast Asia.

Taking its title from ‘Nusantara’, an ancient Javanese term which is nowadays used to address the multiple connections between Southeast Asian countries, Nusasonic incorporates a mix of formats such as artistic labs, commissioned works, concerts, installations, festivals, lectures, publications and more to look at how contemporary sound practices enable connections and dialogues within the Southeast Asian region and with Europe, all while paying critical attention to local contexts and ongoing global asymmetries. In addition to presenting outstanding artistic voices to the public, the initiative aims to support artists in their practice, to strengthen local networks, to encourage cross- border and inter-cultural cooperation, and to contribute to broadening the understanding of contemporary sound practices. The project kicked off with an artistic lab and festival in October 2018 in Yogyakarta. In 2019 the residency took place in Manila.

Residency Details
During the course of the residency, the artist will be hosted by Singapore band, The Observatory, who run the experimental music performance series BlackKaji as well as the festival Playfreely. The artist will be given a studio space in Singapore to develop work as well as engage and collaborate with other artists and the community. The Observatory will facilitate encounters and exchange between the invited musician and various figures in the Singapore music scene.

The artist would be required to conduct a simple workshop to share their work, research, and work processes. At the end of the residency period, the artist’s collaborative work will be presented in a BlackKaji Session.

In addition to this, a short trip will be arranged during the residency period to allow the artist to visit Kuala Lumpur. The artist will be able to get in touch with musicians and the community in Kuala Lumpur as well as play a small show. Presentation of these collaborative productions at the 2021 edition of the CTM Festival in Berlin is also possible, following discussions with the organisers.

Musicboard’s Contributions
Musicboard covers the costs associated with the stay. This includes round-trip travel as well as food, accommodation, working/rehearsal space, and project-related costs when applicable.

The application deadline for the Scholarships & Residencies programme is March 1, 2020. All application-related information and the link to the online form can be found here.

Musicboard Alumni Southeast Asia
Laure Boer – 2019 (Manila, Philippines)

Please contact Maureen Noe with questions about the Scholarships & Residencies program:
Tel.: +49 (0)30 288 787 88