Call for Musicians:
Labyrinth Ensemble project
Deadline extended: June 1, 2021
Application deadline: May 15, 2021
Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario is pleased to announce a call for musicians to join a new in-house repertoire ensemble, launched with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. This ensemble, under the direction of Araz Salek and working closely with visiting artists, will rehearse and perform repertoire in modal music forms of the Middle East and North Africa and Central Asia, classical and contemporary, with attention to traditional tunings and performance practices. We are grateful for the generous support of the CCA that makes this project possible.
Musicians of any background are welcome to join, although given the modal nature of the repertoire all musicians must be able to conveniently learn and play microtonal intervals on their instruments.
There will be two two-week long rehearsal periods with visiting musicians (full day Monday-Friday), each followed by a Saturday concert, in November 2021 and in April 2022. Musicians will also attend three ear training sessions (possibly virtual) during the months leading up to the rehearsals. Professional rates will be paid for all work. All applicants must reside or be able to travel to Toronto for these events. Labyrinth Ontario will not cover the cost of travel.
The goal for the ensemble is to provide the members with an in-depth understanding of modal music structures from throughout the region we focus on in Labyrinth. We hope to develop the ensemble over the next four years, building a versatile and highly capable ensemble with training and facility in the modal music systems of Ottoman classical music, Iranian music, Arabic music, Azerbaijani Mugam music, and Afghani music.
Please fill out the form here to apply for the Labyrinth Ensemble. Options are available for application assistance (i.e. submitting a video instead of writing).
In addition to a completed form, each applicant must prepare 3 short video or audio recordings playing along with the modal pieces linked here. Scores for each piece are included. These scores should be used as guides for your recordings as they do not include ornamentations and other nuanced performance aspects.
You may choose to interpret each piece however it would be most suitable for your instrument. For pitched instruments, please play the melody. For percussionists, please play the rhythmic accompaniment. One piece must be recorded in its entirety. The other two recordings must be at least 30 seconds long and do not have to span the entire length of the piece.
When viewing the recordings, the jury will be evaluating the following:
Accuracy of melody and ornamental interpretation
General intonation, more specifically in regards to microtones
Stylistic and musical interpretation
Interpretation and feel of meter
Adaptation of the music to your instrument
As we are accepting submissions from musicians of all levels and backgrounds, a highly technically accurate submission is not required. Instead, the jury will be evaluating submissions holistically with consideration to your musical background and commitment level. Since members of the ensemble will undergo training specific to modal music, we encourage you to submit a recording that is true to your level of playing and understanding of modal music, wherever that may be currently.
Once you have completed your recording(s), please upload them to Youtube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, or any other audio/video hosting website. If the recording is uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox, please ensure the correct viewing permissions are enabled. Materials that require downloading to be viewed will not be accepted.
If you have any issues linking your audition recording(s), completing the application, or have any questions, please contact Yang at
We look forward to your submissions!