Call for Participants – FAMLAB Residency June 2019

Call for Participants – FAMLAB Residency June 2019

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FAMLAB residency programme at Phu Sa Lab, January 2019. © Tu Nguyen

Call for participants – FAMLAB residency June 2019
Deadline: 19 Apr 2019

From the call:

Following a pilot initiative at Phu Sa Lab (Hanoi, January 2019), we are now looking for seven to ten Vietnam-based contemporary musicians to take part in the FAMLAB music residency programme in Hoi An in June 2019.

Deadline for submission of applications is 19 April 2019.


This residency forms part of the FAMLAB strand of our on-going Heritage of Future Past project and is organised in conjunction with Lune Production and Phu Sa Lab (including music director Nguyen Nhat Ly and members of the SEAPHONY Orchestra), encompassing in-depth musical exchanges and sharing on indigenous forms of Vietnamese music.

Featuring master musicians and artists from various localites of Vietnam and Scotland – with musicians from Phu Sa Lab in artistic advisors and co-ordinator roles – the intensive 20-day programme revolves around three sound worlds associated with the country’s North West, Central Highlands and South Central regions, and culminates in an ourdoor concert showcasing the newly-developed works.


* Location: Hoi An
* Dates: 6–25 June 2019; the concluding public concert will be taking place on 25 June at the city’s Dong Hiep Cultural Park
* Participants:
– master musicians and artisans from the North West, Central Highlands, South Central and Hanoi regions
– artistic advisors and co-ordinators from Phu Sa Lab: Nguyen Nhat Ly, Nguyen Duc Minh and Quyen Thien Dac
– guest musicians and composers
– three Scottish musicians working with Scotland’s traditional musics
– maximum ten Vietnam-based musicians or artists with an interest in the country’s indigenous music
– eight Hoi An-based artists affiliated with LUNE Production.


– pre-existing knowledge and practices in relation to various types of traditional Vietnamese music forms, in particular those associated with the cultural regions of North West and Central Highlands, and with Cham communities
strong capability in performing and improvising
– an interest in exploring and integrating traditional sonic lexicons into contemporary practices (of any capacity, from individual to community-based practices)
– commitment towards future and long-term development of Vietnam’s indigenous and traditional musics
– the programme is open to musicians and artists of any nationality, locality (within Vietnam) and age group.


Successful applicants should note the following:
– Participants are required to take part in all 20 days of the residency programme (6–25 June).
– The role of each artist throughout the programme and at the final concert will be decided upon ongoing discussions and consultation with the programme’s music advisors.
– It is not a guarantee that all participants selected through this open call will take part in the final concert; final decision in this regard will be made by the programme’s music advisors.

The organisers will arrange for and cover:
– airfares (or tickets for another type of transport suitable to the artists) to/from Hoi An
– local transport, accommodation and meals during the programme
– working and rehearsal spaces, backline, and an assortment of indigenous instruments (such as gong, ting ning, ginang and paranung drums, jaw’s harps, flutes, amongst others), as well as a number of instruments made by artisans of Phu Sa Lab
translation support (if required).


Application package:
– CV (maximum one A4 side) detailing artistic practices and experiences
– a short video filmed after 26 March 2019, of 3–5 minutes in duration, showing the artist’s interaction with and response to elements of one (or a multiple) of the following sound worlds: North West, Central Highlands, and Cham.
For this video (which can be filmed on mobile phones), the artist can make use of any musical instrument as they see fit – traditional or modern – and the audio quality should be of a reasonable standard.

Application package for artists without a sound-based practice:
The programme welcomes applications from those who do not perform music but have an interest in learning more about indigenous music towards incorporation into their own artistic practices. In this case, please submit your CV, online links to two of your past works, and a short text (maximum 300 words) explaining why you would like to take part in this programme and any idea or proposal you might have.

Application process:
– Please send your application package to [email protected] by 23.59 on 19 April.
– Please upload your application video to online file-sharing platforms such as Google Drive or Dropbox and submit the corresponding URL together with the package.
– Those who need assistance with regard to filming and/or uploading the video please contact the organiser via the channels mentioned in Section 6.

– 19 April: application deadline
– 25 April: interview with shortlisted artists – the interviews will be conducted by the programme’s music advisors and might involve performing live
– 02 May: result announcement


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