SPARC Symposium 2019: Land Music: Sound Practices in the Age of Ecological Crisis

Ecological thinking, beyond the conventional understanding of environment, asks us to consider new ways of imagining how we conceive of and consider the world. As Donna Haraway writes, “[…] another world is not only urgently needed, it is possible, but not if we are ensorcelled in despair, cynicism, or optimism, and the belief/disbelief discourse of progress.” The third SPARC Symposium will consider this shift in thinking and consider how to respond to this moment of crisis through the lens of sound practice from a variety of perspectives including talks, discussions, concerts and a foraging and jam making event. 

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DAY 1 // Thursday 12th September
Music Department at City, University of London
280 St John St, London EC1V 4PB, College Building: Performance Space

19:00// Opening concert with sets by Cathy Lane and Mariam Rezaei

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DAY 2 // Friday 13th September
Music Department at City, University of London
280 St John St, London EC1V 4PB, College Building: Performance Space

10:30 // Symposium with speakers including Amina Abbas-Nazari, Tanya Auclair, Joe Browning, Gabriel Dattatreyan, Lily Green, Tonia Ko, Clare Qualman, Cathy Lane, Sam Lee, Sylvia Lim, Heloise Tunstall-Behrens

17:30// multi.modal record launch

19:00// Concert with Aaron Einbond, Matilde Meierless, Cath Roberts, Benedict Taylor, David Toop

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DAY 3 // Saturday 14th September
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, Waterloo (SE1 7LG)

11:00// Foraging and making jam with Clare Qualman

15:30//Concert with Nell Catchpole, Leo Chadburn, Jan Hendrickse, Amber Priestley

Rossini after Rossini: Musical and Social Legacy (1868-1918)

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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto
19 – 21 October 2018

Call for Papers

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca is organizing the symposium «Rossini after Rossini: Musical and Social Legacy (1868-1918)», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 19 until Sunday 21 October 2018.

The influence of Rossini on his contemporaries has been and remains the subject of innumerable essays, conventions and publications. The story of the composer’s long life (1792-1868), initially focused on purely musical connections (Paganini, Giuliani,  Mercadante, Schubert, Donizetti, Bellini, Auber, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Offenbach, Bizet, just to name a few), has been expanded to include literary, philosophical and political dimensions (Stendhal, Balzac, Schopenhauer, Mazzini).
Less frequently investigated, however, is Rossini’s legacy as it unfolded during the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death the present conference focuses on the span of time corresponding more-or-less to the fifty years following 1868, almost to the threshold of the so-called Rossini Renaissance that, beginning in the early 1920s, generated renewed interest into the composer’s output, from the points of view of both performance and philology, and also helped to clarify the ambiguity of Rossini as a man.
Topics of investigation include, but are not limited to, the  following:

• Rossinian influences on operetta in Paris, Vienna, London and Italy;
• Rossinian influence on subsequent opera composers;
• the theory and practice of Operatic Singing;
• aspects of orchestration and instrumentation;
• stylistic and compositional legacy;
• treatises and biographical memoires;
• literature and poetry;
• reception;
• Rossini and the cinema;
• Rossini, the vocal chamber music and the popular song;
• Rossini’s iconography and portraiture;
• Rossini in politics, society and public opinion.

Programme Committee:

• Lorenzo Frassà (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Federico Gon (Universität Wien)
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Arnold Jacobshagen (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speaker:

• Arnold Jacobshagen (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 29 April 2018*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the midst of May 2018, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala
conferences@luigiboccherini.org
www.luigiboccherini.org

Musical biography: National ideology, Narrative technique, and the Nature of myth

9–11 April 2015, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, UK

While musical biography has recently received scholarly attention through an array of insightful research, the sheer breadth of possibilities for the study of biography (and biographies) in relation to music means that the broad field remains rich in untapped investigative potential. This conference will provide a forum for consolidated critical discussion on both the content of musical biography (national trends and ideologies; myths and mythology) and its form (narrative technique and meaning). It will aim to open up interdisciplinary avenues of enquiry across a wide range of subjects and time periods, in the domains of classical music, popular music, and ethnomusicology alike.

In lieu of a single keynote speaker, a series of roundtables with invited speakers is planned, including one on the writing of contemporary musical biographies and another on writing the lives of music critics. Further details will be circulated in due course.

Call for Papers

20-minute papers (plus 10 minutes for questions) are invited on any aspect of musical biography that intersects with the conference theme, including (although not limited to) the following broad areas whether singly or in combination:

1. National ideology
a) Musical biography as national celebration
b) National trends in the writing of musical biography
c) Competing portrayals of the same subject
d) Musical biography as reception history

2. Narrative technique
a) The role of narrative in the creation of meaning in musical biography
b) Musical biography as a literary genre
c) Popular versus scholarly biographies
d) Aspects of the relationships between biographer, subject, and reader

3. The nature of myth
a) The creation, perpetuation, and refutation of mythologies
b) Musical biography as hagiography
c) Constructions of greatness, genius, and virtuosity through biography

Proposal for panels (4 speakers over 2 hours) are also encouraged.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should be e-mailed by 12 January 2015 to Dr Paul Watt, paul.watt@monash.edu and Dr Christopher Wiley, c.wiley@surrey.ac.uk.

Decisions will be communicated to speakers by 31 January 2015.

Queries: Paul Watt, paul.watt@monash.edu or Christopher Wiley, c.wiley@surrey.ac.uk

The conference is part-funded by the Australian Research Council and the Monash University Research Accelerator Program, and is supported by the University of Surrey.