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.

Minimalism Extended Registration Open

Registration for Minimalism Extended: The Seventh International Conference on Minimalist Music, is now open. You may access the online form at: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/conferences/minimalism-extended

Information about accommodation, travel, etc., is also available via the above link. Those of you thinking about international travel might like to know that you can fly to Cardiff Airport via UK/Ireland/mainland Europe on FlyBe, via Amsterdam on KLM, or via Doha on Qatar Airways. The Bristol Airport is about 90 minutes away by public transportation, Heathrow Airport is two hours away via London Paddington, and Gatwick Airport is about three hours by train. Other major transport hubs (Birmingham, Manchester) are a bit further by train, but easy nevertheless.

The programme is currently being finalised but will begin late-morning on Thursday, 22 August, and finish just after noon on Sunday, 25 August, with sightseeing options available that afternoon.

Registration for Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism with Nief-Norf

Registration is now open for the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, June 21–25, 2017 in Knoxville, TN. The registration fee includes participation in the conference, coffee and other refreshments, a conference program, Nief-Norf2017 Posterand administrative and logistical support. Registration also includes admission to all afternoon and evening concerts (including 5 evening concerts featuring the music of Julius Eastman, Mary Jane Leach, Marc Mellits, Ellen Fullman, Randy Gibson, Moondog, Brooks Frederickson, Carolyn Chen, and more). Please see the Nief-Norf website for the registration form and further details.

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