New Music New Video

And the winner is...

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After much deliberation and several emotional, sleepless nights of judging, we’re thrilled to announce the winning piece of our New Music New Video composition competition: "Fuga allucinata" by Edgar Ordóñez! 🏆

Our judging criteria was always simple: find the piece that most excites us. We asked for very little personal information from our applicants because we hoped to connect with the winning composer based solely on the music. Meanwhile, our competition administrator made note of the stats she picked up from email signatures and social media.

We found our 46 entrants hailed from around the world, many with impressive resumes and compelling personal stories. The winner, however, is something of a mystery! We're unable to find performances of his music online and only know the minimum details requested in the application.

Edgar’s win is truly all about his thrilling music. “Fuga allucinata” is bold and compelling (and a bit daunting to play 😅). We can’t wait to meet our mysterious music video muse and collaborate together.

We received so many phenomenal compositions that it was extremely difficult to pick a single winner. Kudos to our runner-up, J Diaz (@diazsounds), who overwhelmed us with his intense and haunting "an incomplete autobiography".

Once again, our deepest gratitude and heartiest congratulations to all who participated. We are absolutely floored by your talent, passion, and generosity. Between now and the debut of the music video featuring the winning composition, “Fuga allucinta,” we’ll showcase excerpts from a few of your amazing pieces on social media. It’s been our great pleasure and honor to connect with you all in this way, and we’re only getting started. 😘

-Greg & Liz

UPDATE: New Music New Video

The entry period for our New Music New Video composition competition has closed and submissions are in.

Our heartiest congratulations to the 46 composers who participated—women and men between the ages of 18 and 79, hailing from 18 countries spanning 6 continents! Check out the countries represented below:

  • Botswana

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • China

  • Columbia

  • England

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • The Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Romania

  • Scotland

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • USA

We received the incredible news while on our most recent music video shoot. Now we’re in heaven playing through the new compositions and can’t wait to share the results. We’ll announce the winning composer on November 15, 2018.

It’s been an absolute pleasure bringing these new works to life on the keyboard. Thank you all for your passion, participation, and support. 😍

Penny for your thoughts?

We've finally had a long enough break between concerts to really dig into your New Music New Video composition competition entries, and we are loving everything. KUDOS to all of the entrants so far!

Amongst the social media chatter, an interesting topic came up regarding the competition: the absence of a cash prize.

"...the opportunity does not have a dollar prize for the winner... this is an example of an all-too-frequent occurrence, artists being offered 'exposure' rather than being paid for their work. Might you also consider offering some kind of prize for the winner?"

Here are our thoughts (but we're also curious to hear yours!):

Yes, in some sense, this competition is about exposure. We absolutely hope to expose wonderful new music to our large international online audience. We receive unsolicited compositions on a near daily basis (much of which is really fantastic!), and since it is impossible to perform every piece sent our way, we thought of the competition as a way to highlight at least a few of these composers’ voices.

Beyond that, having made dozens of these music videos in the past 10+ years, we see the prize as granting so much more than just exposure. It’s an opportunity for a composer to collaborate in the creativity of filmmaking, think outside the box, have fun with classical piano music, and learn from our video-making experience. 

Those who deem a cash prize to be the only suitable reward may not be the sort of collaborator we’re searching for. We began making our music videos from scratch, resourcefully using venues and equipment already available to us, and we quickly came to enjoy the thrill of the entire do-it-yourself process, from the beginning’s blank canvas to the magic of editing. We’ve discovered that the artistic joy lies in the back-and-forth exchange of ideas, the brainstorming, the imagination, the collaboration! We‘re looking for someone to join us in the process.

It should be noted that not only is there no financial compensation for the winning entry, but there is no financial compensation for any of the artists involved… no compensation for any of the other composer applicants, none for our volunteer production assistants,  none for the two of us (who will serve as the pianists, producers, videographers, directors, audio engineers, and video editors). And we will personally finance any necessary production expenses ourselves, such as piano moving, permits, insurance, props, advertising, etc. In the end, we hope to spend less than a couple thousand dollars on production, but nonetheless create a music video that would, by all industry standards, compare to a $30,000+ budget production. We’re excited to do so! We see the investment of time, skill, and money as an investment in the winning composer and in the advancement of our mission to make this music a relevant and powerful force in society.

Now you know our thoughts on the matter — care to share yours? Let us know what you think in the comments or on social media!

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🎥 Loving the process 🎬

The New Music • New Video composition competition is underway and our imaginations are in full gear. Playing through your submissions so far has been nothing short of inspiring. We're so eager to see what you come up with next! As a reminder, the deadline for submissions is September 1, 2018, so get your composing engines running and let us see what you can do. 

In addition to learning and performing the winning submission, we're excited to create the music video with the input of the winning composer. Our music videos, which started as a fun side project over a decade ago, have become an integral part of our creative expression as artists. From the very beginning, our videos have been completely self-produced, something a lot of viewers don't seem to notice. We initially didn’t have the funds to hire a professional film crew, so we thought we might as well go ahead and make music videos on our own. To this day, we jointly contribute to the vision/concept, narrative, production, and filming. Greg assembles the footage using Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and we refine and finalize the video together. At this point, we're practically a full-blown production company, and we're looking forward to sharing our skills and resources with an up-and-coming composer.

Watch our 5-minute excerpt from "Chronicles of the Rite" below to get a taste of our approach to filmmaking:

We're blown away!

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Entries for our New Music • New Video composition competition have started off strong!

We love that so many of you have responded our call for new, innovative music for piano duo and that you're pushing yourselves to your creative limits. From fun pop-inspired showpieces to dramatic classical works, the breadth of styles represented is impressive and inspiring!

Over the coming months we'll be sharing competition news, behind-the-scenes looks at our most recent video shoots, and more. We hope the glimpse into our creative process will motivate and inspire those of you who have yet to enter. 

We've pushed back the submission deadline to September 1, 2018 so you all have more time to dig deep and show us what you've got!