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:

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.

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
14–15 October 2016
Organisers: Sarah Hayden, Paul Hegarty and Ryan Bishop
Contact: minimalismlam[at]
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. You can get great findings in

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

Three Tales by Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot


FINAL-MARKETING-DESIGN-Three-Tales-page-001Three Tales is a video opera by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and artist Beryl Korot that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Ensemble BPM presents the first ever staging of its kind at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.

The work will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick.

Ensemble BPM will be joined in performance by Synergy Vocals, the world-renowned vocal collective selected by Steve Reich to premiere the work in 2002, led by former Swingle Singer Micaela Haslam.

The production is supported by the Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

A Study Day on the music of Steve Reich

A Study Day on the music of Steve Reich
Kings Place, London – 14 February 2015
Tickets vis the Kings Place Website

9.30 Registration

10.00 Introduction to the study day – John Pymm, Chair of the Society for Minimalist Music.

10.05 Opening Keynote – An Introduction to Steve Reich’s Compositional Development

Through the Lens of its Reception; Keith Potter (Goldsmiths, University of London)

10.40 Break

11.00 Analytical Perspectives on Steve Reich’s Music

  • Paul Cassidy (Goldsmiths, University of London): On the Anomalousness of Steve Reich’s Four Organs
  • Twila Bakker (Bangor University): New York Counterpoint: Getting to the Core of Reich’s ‘Big Apple’ Piece
  • Jason Jedlicka (Indiana University): Exploring Augmentation in Steve Reich’s Double Sextet

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Political and Aesthetic Perspectives

  • Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota): ‘Short Chord Gets Long Via Augmentation’: Psychedelic Science Fiction, Erotic Sublimation, and the Hermeneutics of Steve Reich’s Four Organs
  • Michael Palmese (Louisiana State University): Disunity and the Act of Memorialization in Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11
  • Victoria Aschheim (Princeton University): History as an Image; Different Trains and Its Sketches Through a Benjaminian Lens

2.45 Break

3.00 Narrativity and the Voice

  • Jelena Novak ( New University of Lisbon): Documentary Singing: Performing the Voice in Music by Steve Reich
  • John Pymm (University of Wolverhampton): ‘On the Right Track?’ Identifying the Various Stories in Different Trains

4.00 Study day ends

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 –

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.

Music and/as Process

Registration for the Music and/as Process Conference (UK) is still available. Note that a concurrent conference will take place as part of the nief-norf Research Summit at Furman University in South Carolina. Registration for the UK Conference includes lunch, refreshments and concert tickets and is possible via the conference website.

The conference takes place on 31st May and 1st June at Canterbury Christ Church University. This year’s conference has special areas of focus on progressive music analysis of 20th century music, catalogue music, graphic notation and devising, with keynote addresses given by: Dr Nicholas McKay (Canterbury Christ Church University) Tom Johnson (Independent Composer) and Dr Jane Alden (Wesleyan University) as well as keynote performances given by: Michael Bonaventure and Steve Gisby, including the world premiere of Tom Johnson’s Intervals Vocal Constructivists, dir. By Jane Alden For those unable to attend the conference but who would like to attend the keynote concerts, separate tickets can be purchased at the CCCU online store. More details about the conference, the Music and/as Process Study Group, and Canterbury can be found at our website.

New Committee

Nominations for the 2013-2015 Committee were taken at the Fourth International Conference. Following a general election by the membership, the Committee is as follows:

  • John Pymm, Chair
  • Kay Potter, Secretary
  • Tristian Evans, Treasurer
  • Richard Glover, Newsletter Editor
  • Andy Lee, Webmaster
  • Maarten Beirens
  • Jonathan Bernard
  • Pwyll ap Sion
  • Paul Epstein
  • Robert Fink
  • Kyle Gann
  • Kerry O’Brien
  • Keith Potter

Congratulations to those who were selected, and thanks for participating in the vote.

Formally Joining the Society

Those wishing to formally join the society may do so here. We are asking for those that were initially contacted via email about formalizing their membership to please register. Only those members that do register will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections for the new committee.


Welcome to the new home of the Society for Minimalist Music.  Archived material from the 2007 Conference is now available on this site, and material from the 2009 Conference will be available soon.

The next conference will be held in the fall of 2011 in Leuven, Belgium, and things are already beginning to take shape.  Details on the upcoming conference will be made available as soon as we have them.  Hope to see you there!