Creativity in musical instruments, sound and music making

4th International Scientific Meeting for Sound and Musical Instrument Studies



in TAVIRA, eastern side of Algarve, at the south Atlantic coast of PORTUGAL

CALL FOR PAPERS (open until the 20th of October)


The wide capacity for inventing sound tools and music has been a constant human evolution factor, from regional environments to the application of leading-edge technology. Modernity does not imply a merging homogeneous reality, nor entails a comprehensive Western permeation. Musical instruments reflect individuals and their societies, traditions and quests for novelty, as well as links and differences between cultures. Some sound objects are endlessly duplicated and common in all corners of the world while others are rare or even unique. So is each voice. We believe this meeting to be a good opportunity for bringing to light different spectra on the importance of musical instruments, sound and music making in human history.

Following the natural crossroads in Organology, this year’s main theme is «Creativity in musical instruments, sound and music making». The theme is the ‘leitmotif’ of the conference and it is not exclusive; participants are welcome to explore the interdisciplinary essence of Organology and sound studies, on all topics and techniques relevant to our field. We may add that performance issues should especially refer to the instruments or sound producing devices used for the artistic communication, being possible to focus on the “creativity” of the composer in the use of the particular instrument/s or sound producing.


We welcome proposals for papers (15+5mn for questions and handover), panels (one hour), and posters, as well as lecture-recitals (30 to 40 minutes) and concerts. In addition, participants, namely inventors, makers and collectors, have the possibility to show a selection of their musical instruments or designs at the Exhibition. There is also a specific display area for books, scores, and other items, available during the conference days.

The common language for presentations is English. Papers may be read in Portuguese, Spanish, French or Italian, provided the PowerPoint projection is in English. We also accept participation with direct translation in special cases.


We look forward to abstracts that describe original and technically excellent research from various perspectives. The title, abstract (in English or bilingual, of up to 300 words), and a biographical note (up to 100 words) should be received by email on or before the 20th of October of 2015. The results shall be communicated individually by the end of October after being peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Papers presented at the Organological Congresses may be submitted for publication in the conference proceedings.

Please send proposals to

For further and updated information please check the website or contact us at the email above.


The exquisite art of the Hungarian Organist Gyula Szilágyi will be heard in a concert (Friday night, 18th of December) and in a lecture-recital (Sunday), playing on two historical organs, the first at the Igreja de Santiago and the second at the Igreja da Misericórdia. The famous Japanese Pianist Kyoko Hashimoto will perform on Saturday night, the 19th of December, works from one of her last recordings, “La danse des B…”, by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Blumenfeld and Bartók.


Masterclass of Piano by Professor Kyoko Hashimoto (Professor at McGill University, Chair of Piano Area, Canada) and Workshop on Historical Flute and Performance by Professor Michael Lynn (Oberlin Conservatoire, USA).


Makers and inventors of musical instruments are welcome to participate at the ENCONTROIM – a time and place to communicate their art, with a special exhibition open to the public. INSTRUMENTS, CDs, TOOLS, PHOTOGRAPHS… All are welcome to this special Exhibition!