The Work and Ideas of Jani Christou

A One-Day Conference on the Work and Ideas of Jani Christou: call for papers Saturday 16 November 2013, London

We warmly invite paper submissions for this one-day international conference, to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London. The conference will offer an opportunity for those with an interest in Jani Christou’s music and philosophy to share and discuss work, in the hope of furthering dialogue in this area. Paper submissions on all topics related to the area of Christou’s music and philosophy are welcome. Collaboration between persons from different disciplines, including theatre and performance, psychology, philosophy etc. would be especially welcomed.

The Conference

Jani Christou is a major Greek composer whose untimely death in 1970 at the age of 44 brought to an end an unusual career in which, in its final stage, avant-garde musical and theatrical materials and means were, in quite remarkable ways, brought into conjunction with Christou’s deep immersion in philosophical and psychological studies. Interest in his challenging and speculative, but always vividly and thoroughly imagined, output has recently increased, particularly among a young generation of musicians and scholars. Yet Christou’s work remains imperfectly, and only very patchily, known and understood, especially outside Greek-speaking communities.

Our conference seeks to improve British, and indeed international, understanding of this composer’s compositions and the thinking that lay behind them. It includes a showing of Costis Zouliatis’s important new film on the composer, accompanied by an introduction to it by its director; this will replace the usual keynote address in an imaginative and scholarly fashion, offering the coup of presenting this film’s British premiere.

In addition, a workshop based around Christou’s scores will give an opportunity for performers and scholars to explore new forms of interaction between creative practice and musicological scholarship. The event will culminate in an evening concert, led (as is the workshop) by the experienced Christou performer and scholar, Andriana Minou, and presented by an international team of expert players, singers, actors and film-makers.

Proposals of up to 300 words are invited for 20-minute presentations with 10 minutes of questions. Please also include a short biographical note of around 100 words. Proposals should be submitted by email in a word document/ PDF attachment and sent to:

Deadline for proposals: FRIDAY 26 JULY 2013.

Maria Yerosimou, Conference Organiser
Andriana Minou, Workshop and Concert Director
Keith Potter, Advisor

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