Intercultural Music Residency

12 –19 March 2017

09:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 15:30

Studio B, St James Cavalier - Valletta, Malta


The 5-day residency will consist of morning and afternoon sessions conducted by Artistic Director Ahmed El Maghraby from the Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts – “Makan”, Cairo. Participating musicians will be collaborating with three Egyptian musicians on kawala, arghul, and percussion. 


Musicians using western instruments (including strings, brass, woodwinds, guitars etc.); musicians using digital equipment; singers (any style including pop, jazz, classical, folk, etc.); and għannejja (Maltese traditional singers/poets) are eligible to apply.


Participants in the residency will join the Intercultural Music Workshop between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th March. Performances of work created during the residency will take place on Sunday 19th March between 19:30 and 20:30 at MED Combo Valletta: a concert of ethnic music.



  • Participants must be proficient and able to improvise.

  • They are expected to have an artistic personality and a good level of musical improvisation and/or composition (oral or written) of any repertory without limit of style. Musicians should be interested in ensemble playing and the artistic encounter with musicians of other musical cultures.

  • Professionals, amateurs, and students are eligible to apply.



Applicants that reside in Malta need to complete the registration form online.

Applicants that do not reside in Malta will be required to send video recordings of their performance as follows:


Complete the registration form online and add your 2 video links:

  • 1 video recording of an interpretation of a piece from the musicians’ field (jazz standard, traditional tune etc.)

  • 1video recording of a personal improvisation or composition




Short-listed applicants living in Malta will be called for an audition — each audition will last for a maximum of 15 minutes, including a short interview.


During the audition applicants are required to perform:

  • A piece from the musicians’ musical field (jazz standard, traditional, etc.)

  • A personal improvisation or composition


A limited number of musicians will be selected to join the 3 Egyptian musicians in the residency.



Deadline for applications: 4 March 2017.

Successful applicants will be contacted by 6 March 2017.


ARC Research and Consultancy will not cover any cost related to the auditions and the residency.