Day 083 Week 12 Q1 Sunday, March 24, 2024

The International Interactive Composers Collaborative (iiCoCo) was established with a clear mission-to support composers in their unique journey as creators. Recognizing the challenges of this path, the founders, a group of Juilliard students, sought to create a community where composers could find understanding, support, and opportunities to showcase their work. Over time, this collaborative has grown to include composers from diverse backgrounds and geographical locations, all united by their passion for composition.

Our collaborative endeavors span a wide spectrum of creative expressions, from art galleries to school programs, from directing church choirs to performing at various venues. We’ve composed music for television shows, supported writers and artists, and even ventured into the realm of cable TV and YouTube. Our commitment to learning and growth is evident in our regular meetings, where we share knowledge about new composition tools and techniques. Despite our geographical dispersion, we manage to keep our spirits high and occasionally gather in person.

We meet regularly on Friday mornings at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time because most of us live on the East Coast, having met in New York City at Juilliard. We have had one person from South Africa, one from Israel, one from Hawaii, several from NYC and its surroundings, several from the San Francisco Bay Area, and one from Argentina- or was it Chile? —and we have been meeting for close to two years now most weeks.

As we embark on a new phase of our journey, some of our members are engaging in conversations on a local cable TV show. This show will not only be broadcast on YouTube but also shared with others through linking. This exciting development is a testament to our collaboration’s growth and potential to reach a wider audience.

I am sure there are other composers collaborators in the world, but this one does span a large range of styles and ages and geography.  It appears to be working, and then we get something out of it, and we grow together.

One of the topics is how to notate versus how to record versus how to perform. And it is clear that the context with which our pieces are exposed has an impact on the pieces themselves. It depends on who is performing and what level they are at, if there’s time for rehearsal, and whether the performance is outdoors or indoors. And are the audience members young or old and musically sophisticated or not? There is a very large range of music to be played in a very large range of venues.