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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Call for Proposals Extended to April 15

The call for proposals for the Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music (September 24-27), organised by the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, has been extended. Please submit proposals using the links below by April 15.

Paper

Poster

Workshop

All proposed papers, panels and workshops will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. Panel proposals should be for a maximum of 90 minutes, workshops a maximum of 120 minutes. Proposals will be accepted only via the online portal.

Minimalism Unbounded! The Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music. September 24-27, 2015

Organised by the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki

In this conference we will encourage new debates about the sounds and cultural meanings of minimalist music.

Usually associated with the North American style propagated since the 1960s by composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, the influence of minimalism on musical life and cross-arts practices extends beyond these now canonical figures and arguably also predates them. This conference will continue to direct focused attention towards the core repertory, but will also encourage work which challenges our assumptions about the boundaries of the style and its significance.

Minimalism Unbounded! will focus above all on the relevance of the minimalist style in the 21st century. The influence of minimalism is especially evident in music performed in multimodal and cross-artistic settings, including film, musical theatre, sound, installation and performance art. It has disseminated and transformed beyond its reductive origins in the musical avant-garde and is today heard in diverse settings, some of them recognisably postminimalist, informed by environmental concerns, inspired by spiritual or mystical ideas, and permeating popular styles and forms including film scores, ambient and drone music, glitch and IDM.

We cordially invite submissions on a broad range of topics representing different disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. We welcome musicologists and composers, cultural theorists and philosophers, inter-arts researchers and music theorists with a view to stimulating lively debate about the past and current state of the art in minimalist music and cognate artistic practices.

We especially welcome work which

  • extends our understanding of minimalism as a sonic, social and cultural practice in the 21st century
  • offers new perspectives on the core minimalist repertory
  • opens new pathways to understanding minimalism as a musical and cross-arts phenomenon, especially how the style has migrated between genres, media and forms
  • offers new perspectives on the different traditions and influences on the style, including precursors of minimalism
  • sheds new light on minimalism in the Nordic region
  • discusses examples of postminimalism which have taken the style in new directions, including drone music and music that draws on alternative tuning systems
  • addresses the rich terrain of intersections of minimalism with popular music and culture, ranging from pop art to IDM.

Keynote speakers (details to be posted later)
Robert Fink
Jelena Novak

Guest composer (details to be posted later)
Kyle Gann

Programme committee
John Richardson (Chair)
Susanna Välimäki (Vice-Chair, University of Turku)
Juhani Nuorvala (Vice-Chair, Sibelius Academy)
Petri Kuljuntausta
John Pymm
Pwyll ap Sion

Registration
The conference fee includes participation in the conference, lunch and other refreshments, the conference programme, a book of abstracts and other relevant material, transportation between Turku and Helsinki, and admission to concerts.

Conference participation fee:
members of the Society for Minimalist Music: 120€
delegates who are not members of the Society for Minimalist Music: 150€
University of Turku and Sibelius Academy students (not including food and refreshments): 20€
conference dinner (not included in the registration fee): 40€

Proposals for individual papers, sessions and workshops should be submitted using the online forms at these links: 

Paper

Panel presentations

Poster

Workshop

All proposed papers, panels and workshops will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. Panel proposals should be for a maximum of 90 minutes, workshops a maximum of 120 minutes. Proposals will be accepted only via the online portal.

Deadline for proposals: March 30th 2015 (call opens on January 20th , 2015).

Applicants will be notified of the programme committee’s final decisions by May 15th, 2015

Minimalism Unbounded! will be a dynamic academic and cultural event staged in two cities, Turku and Helsinki. It will include performances of recent and older music, workshops for composers, public talks and debates, and high-level academic presentations and discussions.

The first two days of the conference will take place at the University of Turku, situated in the beautiful city of Turku on the country’s south west coast, a major cultural centre and the former capital of Finland; the final two days will take place at the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki’s state of the art Music Centre. Travel between the two locations is included in the conference fee (the journey takes approx. 2 hrs). The organisers will post information about travel and accommodation in good time prior to notifications of accepted papers and sessions.

The conference is organised jointly by the Department of Musicology at the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. It is supported by the Society for Minimalist Music (http://minimalismsociety.org ) and the International Institute for Popular Culture at the University of Turku (https://iipcblog.wordpress.com)

Contact email: minimalism(at)utu.fi​​​​​​​

London Conference

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for a one-day Conference on the music of Steve Reich, to be held at King’s Place, London, on Saturday 14 February, 2015 as part of a weekend of performances of music by Steve Reich, some of which will have the composer in attendance.

All scholars interested in Reich’s music are invited to submit paper proposals for the Conference, with particular emphasis on the repertoire being performed during the weekend: Four Organs (1970); Clapping Music (1972); Sextet (1984); New York Counterpoint (1985); Different Trains (1988); Double Sextet (2007); Mallet Quartet (2009), and WTC 9/11 (2010).

The conference aims to make accessible to concert-going audiences some of the latest research on Reich’s music, and contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes) and themed sessions of 3-4 papers, as well as non-traditional sessions or events, such as poster sessions. For individual papers, abstracts containing a maximum of 400 words should be sent as email attachments, by 1 September, 2014, to the Secretary of the Society – kay.potter@hotmail.co.uk

For themed sessions, please collate abstracts for the constituent papers and a short abstract of the session theme into a single document and submit as above. The conference committee is also happy to consider presenting lecture-recitals.

Further details of the event are available at the King’s Place website.

Call for Papers – Fourth International Conference

Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Long Beach, CA, 3-6 October 2013

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, jointly hosted by UCLA and the California State University, Long Beach on the campus of CSULB in Long Beach, CA, 3-6 October 2013.

All scholars interested in music and minimalism are invited to submit paper proposals. The conference welcomes all papers concerning minimalist and post-minimalist music as well as the many subsequent styles they inspired, and is committed to the broadest methodological scope, including analytical, historical, cultural, philosophical, composer-centric, and performance-oriented presentations. In honor of the conference’s West Coast location, the organizers would especially like to encourage papers (or session proposals) on the theme of “Minimalism and the Left (Coast),” including such topics as:

  • California minimalism (composers, labels, scenes, trends, institutions like the SF Tape Music Center, Cold Blue Recordings, etc.)
  • Minimalism and the Pacific Rim (Japan, China, East Asia)
  • Minimalism and Hollywood
  • Countercultural minimalism (minimalism, popular music, altered consciousness)
  • Minimalism and leftist (or rightist) politics (the 1960s and after)

The Society is also interested, as always, in new research on the core minimalist, post-minimalist, and “totalist” repertories; engagement with the work of lesser-known composers, especially from outside the USA, the United Kingdom, and Europe; and position papers on the larger implications of musical minimalism in contemporary world culture:

  • The minimalist and post-minimalist “core” repertoire (Young, Reich, Riley, Glass, Adams, etc.)
  • Minimalism outside the USA (Louis Andriessen, Simeon ten Holt, Gavin Bryars, Hans Otte, Eliane Radigue, Karel Goeyvaerts, Zoltan Jeney, Steve Martland, Kevin Volans, Jo Kondo, etc.)
  • Global minimalism and world music (minimalism in East and South Asia, Australasia, Africa, and Latin America; the influence of these and other non-Western musics on minimalist composers in the West)
  • Crucial but less public figures in the minimalist story: William Duckworth, Tony Conrad, Phil Niblock, Jon Gibson, Rhys Chatham, David Borden, Glenn Branca, Julius Eastman, Terry Jennings, John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars, Rick Cox, Michael Jon Fink, Jim Fox, Peter Garland, Daniel Lentz, Ingram Marshall, Read Miller, Larry Polansky, David Rosenboom, Phillip Schroeder, Chas Smith, etc., etc.
  • Minimalism, opera, new music theater (Robert Wilson, George Coates, Mikel Rouse, Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, etc.) and dance (Anna Halprin, Lucinda Childs, Meredith Monk, etc.)
  • The significance of minimalist and post-minimalist music as cultural practice
  • Minimalism, space, ecology, the environment (ambient music, John Luther Adams, deep listening, etc.)
  • Minimalism, sexuality, and gender (female composers [Monk, Oliveros, Speech, Lockwood, Radigue, Ustvolskaya]; repetition, cyclic process, and gender; etc.)
  • Aesthetics/listening/analysis: discussions of the particular ways in which minimalism invites listening attitudes and their impact on music analysis
  • Minimalism, post-minimalism and their influence on contemporary music composition (see lecture recitals, below)
  • The performance practice of minimalism and post-minimalism (see lecture recitals below)

Contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes) and themed sessions of 3-4 papers, as well as non-traditional sessions or events, such as listening environments or poster sessions.

For individual papers, abstracts containing a maximum of 400 words should be sent as email attachments, by February 1, 2013, to LongBeach2013@minimalismsociety.org. For themed sessions, please collate abstracts for the constituent papers and a short abstract of the session theme into a single document and submit as above. The conference is also happy to present lecture-recitals, including the possibility for composers and/or performers to present their own minimalism-related work. Those considering a proposal for a lecture-recital (or any other type of non-traditional session) are strongly encouraged to contact Robert Fink (rfink@ucla.edu) and Carolyn Bremer (carolyn.bremer@csulb.edu) as soon as possible in order to discuss their plans informally, prior to submitting a formal proposal.

More information will be posted here as details become available.

 

Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism, which will be held from 12-15 October 2011, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Keynote speakers will be Louis Andriessen and Kyle Gann.

All scholars in this area are invited to submit papers. The conference welcomes all papers concerning minimalist music, American, European, and worldwide, as well as the many subsequent styles it inspired. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The minimalist ‘core repertoire’ as frequently identified
  • European minimalisms: the various and often lesser-known minimalist and post-minimalist contributions from across Europe: Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Hans Otte, Eliane Radigue, Karel Goeyvaerts, Zoltan Jeney, Steve Martland, …
  • Especially encouraged are papers on crucial but less public figures such as Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jon Gibson, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Terry Jennings, and so on.
  • Minimalist music in opera and music theatre
  • Minimalism today: how is minimalism, almost half a century after its historical ‘birth’, reflected in the recent musical output? Both continued minimalist concerns from longtime minimalist pioneers, and – particularly – the reception of minimalist aesthetics and composition techniques among younger generations of composers are welcomed here. (See also the remark about lecture-recitals, below)
  • The significance of minimalist and post-minimalist music as cultural practice
  • Aesthetics/listening/analysis: discussions of the particular ways in which minimalism invites listening attitudes and their impact on music analysis

Contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes). Abstracts containing a maximum of 500 words should be sent as email attachments, by January 17, 2011, to 3rdminimalism[at]gmail[dot]com

The conference is also eager to present lecture-recitals, including the possibility for composers to present their own minimalism-related work. Those considering to submit a proposal for such a lecture-recital are strongly encouraged to contact Maarten Beirens ( 3rdminimalism[at]gmail[dot]com ) as soon as possible in order to discuss their plans informally, prior to submitting a proposal.