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, and 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.
June 21–25, 2017
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.
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.
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.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.