Creative Diaspora: Émigré Composers From The Former USSR

Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall
March 22-23, 2014
Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2013
For the full CFP, please follow this link:

To complement the U.S. premiere performances of Alexander Raskatov’s Night Butterflies piano concerto, the Seattle Symphony (the co-commissioner of the piece) is organizing a conference on music of Russian diaspora, co-hosted by the University of Washington’s School of Music and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

A “Russian invasion” has left palpable traces in the world musical landscape throughout the XXth century. The latest wave of music emigration from the former USSR is comparable in numbers to the early 20th-century’s wave and includes such important names as Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina. The conference, “Creative Diaspora: Émigré Composers from the Former USSR,” aims to further the discussion of the music created within the diaspora, by promoting music by important but unfairly forgotten or not yet well-established Russian émigré composers and advocating for the inclusion of issues related to Russian émigré music into the general studies of border crossing, emigration and diaspora.
Featured speakers include composer Alexander Raskatov and musicologists Richard Taruskin, Laurel Fay, Claudia R. Jensen, Peter Schmelz, Marina Ritzarev and Natalie Zelensky.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars across music history, theory, ethnomusicology and other disciplines related to the conference theme. To submit a proposal for an individual paper, please send a message with a subject line “Creative Diaspora Submission” with your name, affiliation, paper title and an abstract of no more than 250 words for papers of 25 minutes in duration to Dr. Elena Dubinets at by December 1, 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 15, 2014.

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