7 Composers. 21 Musicians. 7 Pieces of Music composed, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours.
Taken from the Manhattan School of Music's concept of the concert, Lucy Yao has started the first 24 Hour Concert Challenge as a way to bring performers of different training and backgrounds in collaboration with the composers of the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The composers come in without any written material and meet with the performers at the beginning of the 24 hours. From there on, it is up to them to decide how to structure their compositional process and rehearsals. This is an experiment to see what composers are capable of when they are pushed past their limits to the point of breaking down boundaries of judgment that ordinarily come when there is time to do so. This is a space free from the rigorous expectations and constraints that most classical musicians face daily. This is what happens when chance is taken as the only constant.