8th International Conference on Music & Minimalism

The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts and the Society for Minimalist Music present the Eighth International Conference on Music and Minimalism. This four-day event takes place May 5–8, 2022, and will feature 50 presentations and lecture-recitals from national and international scholars, as well as several concerts by faculty and student performers from BGSU and the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The conference includes keynote lectures by Ellie Hisama, Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and composer Tashi Wada. All concerts will be held in Bryan Recital Hall at the College of Musical Arts and are free and open to the public.

Research Presentations

With eighteen different presentation sessions, this conference illustrates the wide range of scholarly inquiry prompted by musical minimalism. Sessions include Philip Glass on Stage, Ontologies, Historiography, Global Minimalisms, Spiritualities, and Archival Perspectives on Reich, among others, with paper topics ranging from phase-shifting in Brazilian minimalism, signification in China Gates, and Pandit Pran Nath’s influence on minimalist composers to Robert Hood’s techno, Éliane Radigue’s aesthetic of slowness, Harold Budd’s “pretty” minimalism, the Great Highland Bagpipe in minimal music, and much more. Some presentations will be delivered virtually, although the conference will be held primarily in-person.

The preliminary conference program and registration information can be found through the conference website here.