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JACQUES DE VOS MALAN

composer, writer, researcher, traveller -

another itinerant African





"My work is more like a private journal than a public statement. I've always travelled as much as possible and been influenced by different sound worlds: the creak of rigging on a dhow, the crunch of boots on desert sand. The sound poems are full of autobiographical references."





de Vos Malan's work as a composer is substantially influenced by the music and ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, the theoretical writings of Umberto Eco, and his own studies of Japanese aesthetics. After 1995, he wrote almost exclusively for small chamber groups, creating works which are typically quiet and sparse, dealing with abstract questions of signification, meaning and memory. In recent years, he has been working in a similar vein with digital and electronic resources.





Works have been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK and the USA and at the Banff Festival in Canada. Some of the most recent electro-acoustic works are available on Soundcloud.




Works on paper are published by Musications (Cape Town) and Seesaw Music (New York). 



Scores and manuscripts are included in the collections of the Gaudeamus Foundation, Contemporary Music Centre, Amsterdam; the New York Public Library; the Australian Music Collection, National Library Canberra and on Soundcloud.