Are you a chamber musician interested in being a part of CouchConcerts?
At many CouchConcerts, there are always two parts of program: your prepared concert and the free program. After the prepared program is finished, people just jam, sightread, and generally have a great time making informal music together. This is a great chance for you to meet some of the other musicians we have and see how you work together, form potential ensembles, etc.
Does it matter what instrument I play?
Not really. As long as you can be a part some kind of acoustic ensemble (or play by yourself) and play repertoire that lends itself well to a chamber-music environment, we can probably work with you.
What should I play?
Generally, CouchConcert programs consist of about 45 minutes of music, broken up into 2 sets of 20-25 min. each or 3 sets of about 15 min. each. At least one of these sets should be considered “classical” music. Our focus is chamber music and we want to make sure that this stays at the core of our Concerts. But musicians having fun making music together is just as important—so you get to choose the rep you play. And if you want to do something a little different or non-classical for your other set(s), go for it!
How much do I need to practice?
The answer will be different for everyone. We strive to provide the highest-possible quality of chamber music in our concerts, so you'll need to make enough time to work with your ensemble to get your pieces polished to a professional level.
How much will I be paid?
We pass a hat and all of the money goes directly to the musicians. This means we can't promise a minimum fee, unfortunately—though most of our musicians have been satisfied with their earnings. In the future, we hope to be able to guarantee a 100 euro per musician minimum, but that won't be possible until we're much more established. So we're asking our musicians to bear with us until then!