Ann Arbor Joins New York City, Minneapolis In Hosting ‘songSLAM’ Competition


If you’ve heard about “songSLAM” before that’s probably because its typically a Minneapolis and New York City event that’s been going on for the past few of years within those large metropolitan music scenes.

For the first time this year’s songSLAM will expand to Ann Arbor with Kerrytown Concert House hosting in partnership with The Casement Fund Song Series and Sparks & Wirey Cries.

The songSLAM is a unique event during which teams of composers and performers can showcase songs up to five minutes long consisting of piano playing and singing in any language. These “art songs” will be performed at the Kerrytown Concert House on Tuesday, November 28 at 8 p.m. for an audience, who will then vote on their favorites.

In addition to the recognition and credibility, there’s $2,000 in prize money at stake, with $1,000 going to first place, $600 to second, and $400 to third.

Composer/pianist/vocalist team William Bolcom and Joan Morris will emcee the event.

“Sparks & Wiry Cries is a global platform for art song that explores the dynamic union of music and text through publication, performance, and commission of new works, enlivening the practice and experience of artful storytelling within its diverse community,” said Abby Rudnicki, director of marketing for Kerrytown. “The first NYC songSLAM in the early 2017 season played to a sold out, standing room only audience. We look forward to being the next city to pack our house for this creative, social, artistic performance.”

Registration for teams begins on September 15 at 6 p.m. on first-come, first-served basis and costs $10/team.

There will be 10 performance and 5 alternate slots available. There is no age limit for those who wish to apply.

Tickets are $10 general admission. Composer/performer teams may apply via beginning September 15.

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