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Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber presents

The Cosmic Riddim, Esoteric Rambunction, and
Eclectic Blue Cheer “Conduction” Workshop and Concert

Application Timeline

  • Application Open: January 18, 2022
  • Application Deadline: February 11, 2022     
  • Invited Participants Notified: February 24, 2022
  • Program Duration: March 31–April 3, 2022

Workshop Information

In 2022, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber (BSAC) continues to celebrate “never playing anything the same way once.” As always, they give tribute to their sonic sensei, Maestro Lawrence Butch Morris (1947–2013) for showing them THE WAY of Conducted Improvisation, and to BSAC founder Gregory Stephen Ionman Tate (1957–2021) for creating the caramelized spaceship that allows BSAC and its audiences access to a many-splendored and darkly energetic celestial realm of cosmic noise and riddim.

The Burnt Sugar Arkestra—in its 23rd year of existence—is a territory band; a neo-tribal thang; a community hang; a society music guild aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spatial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal, and telepathic.

In their Carnegie Hall workshop for emerging young performers (instrumentalists and vocals), BSAC will invite a small group of improvising musicians to join members of their ensemble for three days of coaching, rehearsals and discussion, and to collaborate in a concert with BSAC on Sunday, April 3, in Zankel Hall, presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s Afrofuturism Festival.

If you are interested in …

  • engaging in a system of music-making that draws on your unique personality, history, and ability
  • enhancing your interpretive and expressive abilities by building new skills and strengthening your knowledge of composition, orchestration, and arrangement in real time, therefore expanding the notion of music theory and the idea of potential
  • expanding your intellectual reach as an individual by elaborating on elements of the decision-making process
  • expanding the development of your musical voice along your distinctive creative path by supplementing existing musical forms in your repertoire

… the BSAC “Conduction” Workshop is for you.

Application Requirements

  • Biography (100–150 words)
  • Current Headshot
  • Audition Videos
    • Please upload one or two videos of personal performances demonstrating your own musical voice.
    • To introduce you to the nuances of conduction, we’d like you to watch this video and list the cues that you notice. (A cue is something the conductor says or does that signals for another performer to begin speaking, playing, etc.) There are 19 discernible cues in this conduction. Please list the 19 cues you see, and in three or four sentences describe what you believe transpired in this BSAC live performance.


The “Conduction” Workshop is open to emerging professional musicians ages 18–35 who are full-time US residents. Invited participants are expected to take part in all workshop activities at Carnegie Hall from March 31 to April 2, 2022.

Carnegie Hall is committed to having a fully vaccinated and boosted building, including within its concert venues, Resnick Education Wing, offices, and all other spaces on its premises. This policy will enable its programs to operate at full capacity while looking after everyone’s health and safety. Therefore, all applicants selected for the The “Conduction” Workshop will need to show proof of full vaccination including the booster against COVID-19 using a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter the building. We will be sending detailed guidelines once artists are accepted to the program. In the meantime, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have now about these new protocols.

Practical Information

There is no fee to apply. Invited participants are expected to arrive in New York City the day before the workshop begins and depart the day after it concludes. Shared hotel accommodations will be provided if needed. Carnegie Hall is able to defray the cost of round-trip travel to New York City for those beyond a 50-mile radius. For select itineraries, flights may be arranged by Carnegie Hall, or, if arranged by participants, eligible for reimbursement up to $600.00.


Carnegie Hall and Afrofuturism are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities. The “Conduction” Workshop welcomes applicants with disabilities who are qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations. If you are an applicant with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations to complete this application, or if you have questions regarding reasonable accommodations, please contact workshops@carnegiehall.org.

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