Fifth Annual RMA Music and/as Process Conference

You are warmly invited to attend the Fifth Annual RMA Music and/as Process Conference at the University of Wolverhampton’s Performance Hub in Walsall on Saturday 20 May 2017. This year’s conference is in association with the Society for Minimalist Music.

This one-day conference is themed around patterns, with presentations covering a range of subjects from Hip-hop as musical process to old and new minimalisms, and from sight-reading pattern recognition to compositional structures as dramaturgical tools. Jennie Gottschalk, author of the recent Bloomsbury book Experimental Music since 1970, will give the keynote, and Paul Cassidy will give a solo performance of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase in the evening concert. A detailed programme for the day can be found here. There will be an informal meal at the Metro Inn by the Walsall Campus following the conference.

Information for the UoW Walsall campus can be found here. Please note that there is also an X51 (express) bus service which runs by the Walsall campus from Birmingham city centre.

Registration for the conference is free; lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by following the link to the eventbrite page, detailing any particular accessibility or dietary requirements:

The recommended accommodation for the conference is the Metro Inn, within a few minutes’ walk of the campus. There is more accommodation in central Walsall (a 30-min walk from campus, or a short bus/taxi ride away): Premier Inn, Lyndon House Hotel, The Park Inn by Radisson is slightly closer to campus, further along the ring road.

If you have any further questions about the event, please contact Richard Glover at Richard.Glover@wlv.ac.uk

We look forward to see you there!

The RMA Music and/as Process Study Group
In association with the Society for Minimalist Music

The conference is supported by the University of Wolverhampton and the Royal Musical Association

CFP: Music and/as Process

Fifth annual conference in association with the Society of Minimalist Music

20 May 2017
University of Wolverhampton
Performance Hub, Walsall Campus

With the support of CCHIP: Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Jennie Gottschalk, author of the recently acclaimed Bloomsbury publication Experimental Music since 1970. An evening concert given by Paul Cassidy will include a solo performance of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase for two pianos.

The theme of the conference is Patterns. Whilst the Music and/as Process Study Group has previously been aimed towards the field of music, the call remains open to other disciplines within the arts and beyond who are drawn towards an association with the theme.

We welcome proposals for contributions in the following formats:
• Paper (20 minutes)
• Lecture-recital (30 minutes)
• Participatory lecture/workshop (30 minutes)

The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2017. For the complete call for presentations see here.

 

Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and Robert Moran

The UK premiere of The Juniper Tree an opera by Philip Glass and Robert Moran is to be staged in London by The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in an innovative production which brings together professional musicians and singers with a community choir and children, as part of Richmond-upon-Thames’ Music and Drama Festival in March 2017, in what will be Philip Glass’ 80th year. Press release here.

The Juniper Tree is a “macabre tale with an unexpectedly happy ending”, according to producer Helen Astrid. It is based on what has been described as “the grimmest of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales” – a story of how a young boy is killed by his wicked step-mother and fed to his unwitting father in a stew but later comes back to life.

The opera was composed by Glass and Moran, with a libretto by award-winning Arthur Yorinks, in 1985 and is one of the few operas by Glass in the English language!

The Juniper Tree will be performed at The Hammond Theatre, Hampton, TW12 3HD on March 30 and 31 2017 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available here:

www.thehammondtheatre.co.uk

The Helen Astrid Singing Academy has been invited by the Music and Drama Festival 20117, Richmond-upon-Thames, to perform an extract from The Juniper Tree as the headline act at the Festival launch on Sunday 12th March 2017, 2.00pm at the Harlequins Stoop, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 7SXT.

Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism

June  21–25, 2017

Keynote Speakers: Mary Jane Leach & Amy Cimini

Guest Artists: Ellen Fullman, Randy GibsonRussell Hartenberger, R. Andrew Lee,  Marc Mellits

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Proposals: January 15, 2017 (11:59PM PST)

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, hosted by the University of Tennessee and the nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, TN.

Performances and discussions will feature the music of Maryanne Amacher, Julius Eastman, Ellen Fullman, Randy Gibson, Michael Gordon, Mary Jane Leach, Marc Mellits, Steve Reich, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, arrangements of Moondog’s music, and much more.

All scholars and practitioners are invited to submit proposals on music and minimalism.

Ellen Fullman, photo by Robert Szkolnicki
Ellen Fullman, photo by Robert Szkolnicki

Minimalist, post-minimalist, and quasi-minimalist composers to consider:
Maryanne Amacher, Laurie Anderson, Louis Andriessen, John Adams, Harold Budd, David Borden, Glenn Branca, Gavin Bryars, Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, Rick Cox, William Duckworth, Julius Eastman, Brian Eno, Paul Epstein, Jim Fox, Ellen Fullman, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Karel Goeyvaerts, Michael Gordon, Jon Gibson, Philip Glass, Louis Hardin (Moondog), Christopher Hobbs, Eva-Maria Houben, Terry Jennings, Tom Johnson, David Lang, Mary Jane Leach, Daniel Lentz, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, John Luther Adams, Jo Kondo, Ingram Marshall, Steve Martland, Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Max Neuhaus, Phil Niblock, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, Hans Otte, Charlemagne Palestine, Michael Pisaro, Larry Polansky, Eliane Radigue, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Rosenboom, Howard Skempton, Ann Southam, James Tenney, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Kevin Volans, La Monte Young, and many others.

R. Andrew Lee performing Randy Gibson's The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of the Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield at the ATLAS performance space with projections by Oscar H Scott | Photo by Randy Gibson
R. Andrew Lee performing Randy Gibson’s The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of the Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield at the ATLAS performance space with projections by Oscar H Scott | Photo by Randy Gibson

Topics to consider:
Minimalism and the stage: theater, opera, dance, intermedia, multimedia, etc.; minimalism as a cultural practice; minimalism and altered states, drugs, and experiments with consciousness; minimalism and spirituality; minimalism and performance practice; minimalism and ecology; minimalism and technology; minimalism and the body; minimalism in popular music (ambient music, drones, new age music, etc.)

Potential methods and approaches to consider:
Historical, cultural, analytical, philosophical, phenomenological, ecomusicological approaches; sound studies, disability studies, reception studies, queer studies, etc.

Formats:

(1) individual papers (20 minutes)

(2) themed sessions (3-4 papers, each 20-minutes)

(3) lecture recitals (30 minutes): for composers or performers to present or perform minimalism-related work

Please note: Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a planned volume of conference proceedings.


Please send abstracts (300 words) as PDF attachments to minimalism2017@niefnorf.org by January 15, 2017. In your submission, please include your name, institutional affiliation, and any audiovisual requirements. For themed sessions, please submit all abstracts together with an additional abstract describing your session theme (100 words). For lecture recitals, please include links to any supplementary audio or video materials.

Please email any questions or concerns to minimalism2017@niefnorf.org.


Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism is hosted by the larger 14-day nief-norf Summer Festival, a gathering of dozens of performers and composers in Knoxville, TN (June 7 – 26, 2017). More information about the festival: http://www.niefnorf.org/festival-overview/


Watch Ellen Fullman’s recent performance at Sonic Protest Festival 2016, Saint-Merry Church (Paris):


Watch highlights from the 2014 Research Summit: rehearsals of Steve Reich’s Drumming with Russell Hartenberger.

 

Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment

Host Institution: Department of English and Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
Locations: Winchester Guildhall and Winchester School of Art
Dates:
14–15 October 2016
Organisers: Sarah Hayden, Paul Hegarty and Ryan Bishop
Contact: minimalismlam[at]gmail.com
Cost: The fee for the conference (including all performances) will be £50. Students, Adjuncts and the Unwaged will pay £25. Both fees include refreshments and all performances. An optional conference dinner will be arranged; this will be payable separately.

Preliminary Schedule

Friday October 14th [Winchester Guildhall, King Charles room]

10.00 -11.00 Registration

11 – 12 Keynote – Keith Potter, Minimalism is Dead: Long Live Minimalism! Music, Repetition and the Postmodernist Dilemma

12 – 13.15  Panel 1 reduction excess

  • Alistair Rider, Minimalism’s Ascetic Tenor
  • Sophie Seita, Minimalist Procedures against the Precious Poem
  • Al Cameron, Nietzsche Rhythm Machine

13.15  Lunch

14.15 – 15.30 Panel 2 in the expanded field

  • Meredith North, The Politics of Seriality: Minimalism and Social Engagement in the Work of Peter Roehr
  • Katya Even, Minimalism as a Language of Generation in Israeli Art of the 70s
  • Davidts Wouter, ‘I am totally uninterested in European Art and I think it’s over with’: Donald Judd’s hat trick at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1970/ -79/ -87)

15.45 – 17.00 Panel 3 ambient

  • Jonathan Tadashi Naito, ‘Relaxing, Boring, Open, Flat’: Tan Lin’s Ambient Literature, Minimalism and the Contemporary
  • Emre Çağlayan, Dead, Silent, Slow: Notes Towards a Theory of Cinematic Minimalism
  • Robin Purves, Non-Stops

17.30 Keynote – Franz Erhard Walther (chair Stephen Foster)

18.30 Conference Dinner [optional]

20.30 Performance- William Basinski

 

Saturday October 15th [Winchester School of Art, Rooms tbc]

10.00 Keynote – Renate Wiehager

11.30-12.30 Panels 4 & 5 [parallel]

4 transtemporal

  • Natalie Ferris, The ‘how-much-angst-on-the-head-of-a-pin-school’: Minimalism and The Review
  • Marc Botha, The Logic of Intermittency: Minimalism as a Transhistorical Phenomenon

5 set

  • John M. Pymm, Chanting and Chattering: Steve Reich and the Museum of Merchandise
  • Fiona Curran, .Earthed

12.30 -13.30 Panels 6 & 7 [parallel]

6 practice

  • James Davies, Minimalist Poetry and Textual Attractors
  • Daniela Perazzo Domm, Layering and Questioning: Reconfigurations of Minimalism in Jonathan Burrows’ Choreography

7 construct

  • Tara Wilson, Minimalism in Practice: a Post-Structural Paradigm
  • Matthew Bowman, The Crux of Minimalist Criticism

Lunch 13.30 – 14.30

Winchester School of Art Phd students and staff will offer works of art and design, as well as theoretical presentations, engaging legacies of minimalism in the present, including that from Asia. [throughout the day]

14.30-15.30 Panels 8 & 9 [parallel]

8 process

  • Jacob Warmberg, Entropy Reigns: Minimalism Seen Through Robert Smithson and the Sciences of Complexity
  • Declan Synnott, Minimalist Music and Minimalist Input – From Modular Synthesis to No Input Performance

9 exemplary

  • Jelena Novak, Shaggy-Dog Minimalism in Operas by Tom Johnson
  • Emily Zubernis, Minimalism/Modernism: Mina Loy on Constantin Brâncusi’s Golden Bird

 

15.45-17.15 Panels 10 & 11 [parallel]

10 edge

  • Matthew L. Levy, Robert Mangold’s Dialectical Minimalism
  • Hayden/Hegarty, Line and Cut: Defining Modularity in Peter Roehr
  • Morse, Minimalism, Post-minimalism and 1970s Dance: Simone Forti, Trisha Brown and Richard Serra

11 appropriate

  • Anna Moser, Paul Thek: Blakean Iconoclast: Sabotaging Minimalism with the Technological Reliquary
  • Andrew Chesher, Iterations of Phenomenology: From Minimalism to Joëlle Tuerlinckx
  • Cheng-Chu Weng, Making Minimalism Disappear…

17.30 VENUE Keynote performance lecture – Redell Olsen

18.30 Wine Reception – Sponsored by the Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Performance – ‘Noumenal Cheese: The Intolerance Banquet’ (Scott Wilson and Edia Connole)

20.00 Performance- Vomir

CFP: Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment

Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment
14–15 October 2016
University of Southampton/Winchester School of Art

Proposal deadline 29 June 2016.

Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
Dr Renate Wiehager (Head of the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin)
Professor Keith Potter (Reader in Music, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Professor Redell Olsen (Professor of Poetics, Royal Holloway, University of London) (Keynote Performance Lecture)

See MLAM FINAL CFP 11 May 2016-2 for complete CFP.