2019 Look + Listen Call for Collaboration



The Look + Listen Festival (New York’s annual spring showcase of contemporary music in visual art spaces) is excited to announce our 2019 Call for Collaboration, in partnership with NYC’s rhythm-based dance company The Bang Group.

Following their acclaimed performance on last year’s Look + Listen Festival, this year we are opening the doors to as many creative artists as possible by seeking preexisting music of any genre or medium for re-interpretation by The Bang Group in a new dance format.


The Bang Group and choreographer David Parker will create a dance interpretation of the winning submission, in consultation with the competition winner and Look + Listen.

Video of previous interpretations of musical works by The Bang Group can be found here:

Steve Reich – Clapping Music

Morton Feldman – For John Cage

The new interpretation will be premiered on the Look + Listen Festival during April/May of 2020 in New York, NY (precise date, time, and venue to be announced).

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500, with an additional travel stipend of up to $300 to attend the performance of their work. Look + Listen will also attempt to identify in-kind lodging in New York for the winner if requested.


All composers, sound artists, improvisers, and creative musicians may apply. The competition is free and open to artists of any age, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, or any other background.


Entry is FREE and limited to two (2) works per applicant.

Please submit the following by clicking on the APPLY NOW button above…

  1. Name and contact information
  2. A brief bio (250 words or less)
  3. Links for up to two (2) musical works you would like to be considered for dance interpretation by The Bang Group.

Submitted works:

  • may be of any genre, medium, or style
  • may be in any format (audio, video, score pdf, or any other form of documentation)
  • must be 15 minutes or under in duration (flexible duration works will be considered)

We encourage works that have not yet been set to dance, though all works will be considered.

Links to submitted works may use pre-existing platforms for sharing audio (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc) and/or video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc), or they may link directly to media using file sharing services (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc).


All entries must be submitted no later than Nov 15, 2019 at 11:59pm.


Submission will be reviewed on merit, with a final determination to be made jointly by a panel of Look + Listen advisory board members and The Bang Group’s choreographer David Parker.


Applicants will be notified of the winner in January, 2020.


The Look + Listen Festival is New York’s annual spring showcase of contemporary music in visual art spaces. The festival showcases a mix of emerging and established musicians and a diverse range of 20th and 21st-century concert music. This includes commissions, premieres, the winning work from the yearly L+L Composers’ Competition and pre-concert ambient music by members of the L+L Composers Collective and guest artists. Concerts are hosted by prominent members of the industry who introduce and interview composers, visual artists and performers. These insightful discussions explore the creative process and increase concert-goers’ understanding and enjoyment of each concert. Recent festivals have featured artists like flutist Claire Chase, Sō Percussion, JACK Quartet, performer/composers like Darius Jones and Amirtha Kidambi, and experimental electronic singer-songwriters Majel Connery and Angélica Negrón. In addition, Look + Listen has commissioned works from emerging composers including Jesse Marino, Suzanne Farrin, Carlos-Sanchez Gutierrez, Susie Ibarra, Phyliss Chen, and Derek Bermel.


The Bang Group is a rhythm-driven, New York-based dance company which spans contemporary and percussive forms. The company, founded and directed by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker celebrates its 24th anniversary this season. TBG has toured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe appearing at The Holland Dance Festival, Konfrontace in Prague, Tanzsprache in Vienna, Dance Week in Zagreb, Monte Carlo Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2006, 2009 and 2014,) Biennale Charleroi in Belgium, Tanzemesse in Essen, Germany (2000 and 2016,) Fondation Cartier in Paris, OT 301 in Amsterdam, Divadelna Nitra in Slovakia, Belluard Bollwerk in Switzerland and numerous cities in Italy. The company has been generously supported by The Jerome Robbins Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Doris Duke Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Harkness Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Fund, Greenwall Foundation, Arts International, Fund for Mutual Understanding, Netherland- America Foundation, Pentacle’s ARC Fund, Frederick Loewe Foundation and several private donors. It is presented regularly in New York City by New York Live Arts and its predecessor Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dance Now NYC, Symphony Space, The Harkness Dance Festival and the 92nd Street Y, among many others. The Bang Group has made its second home in Boston through sustained partnerships with Summer Stages Dance (13 seasons), The ICA, and The Dance Complex. The company is also in residence annually at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard and at The West End Theater on Manhattan’s upper west side and has recently become an Anchor Partner at the new Flea Theater in Manhattan. It supports and presents the work of a wide range of artists through its thrice-yearly series called Soaking WET at the West End Theater and its Dance Now Boston initiative which commissions new work created for cabaret spaces and enters its fifth annual season in June 2018. Next month, TBG will reprise its much-praised program of dances by Parker, James Waring and Aileen Passloff reflecting on Parker’s artistic forebears at the 92nd Street Y, and is creating a new music/dance work composed by Pauline Kim Harris to premiere at The Stone in NYC in July.


Please direct all questions to info@lookandlisten.org

Technical Note: If linking directly to audio files, please use the mp3 file format and limit the filesize to under 20MB (under 10 if possible). Please submit only one audio link/file. If your piece is in movements, combine them into one mp3. There are tools available online to help you do these things. Visit http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ (for both Windows and Mac) or http://www.goldwave.com/(for Windows).