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


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


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

Symphonism in Nineteenth-Century Europe

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain)

In collaboration with
Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and
Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music

Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad
10 – 12 May 2018

Call for Papers

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and Research Group ERASMUSH of the University of Oviedo (Spain), in collaboration with Ad Parnassum Journal, is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Symphonism in Nineteenth-Century Europe», to be held in Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad de Oviedo (Historic Building of the University of Oviedo), from Thursday 10 until Saturday 12 May 2018.
This conference aims to deal with the complex world of symphonism during the nineteenth century, a period in which symphonism encompassed not only the creation of musical products and performances, but also significantly affected many compositional approaches, as well as aesthetic factors, such as the opposition between programme and absolute music. The emergence of the great symphony orchestras led to unprecedented types of professional interaction, and new forms of patronage. It also fostered the creation of a specific repertoire, and the construction of the first purpose-built concert halls. These developments originated in Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, in conjunction with the development of music destined for increasing orchestral formations, and the concert as a social phenomenon, available to the public, rather than reserved for exclusive social circles sponsored by royalty, the aristocracy or the bourgeoisie. Finally, symphonic repertoire favoured the creation of a particular approach to performance among orchestral conductors, which continued into post-Romanticism and that have persisted to the present day.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:
• Repertoire, composition, analysis and musical creation
• Musical aesthetics and criticism: programme and absolute music
• Orchestras and symphonic ensembles
• Performing practice, orchestra conductors and performative models
• Musical performing venues, production system, consumption, entertainment system in the European countries
• The editing of orchestral music in Europe in the 19th century
• The public and its social component
• Dissemination and reception of symphonic models in Europe

Programme Committee:
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Luca Lévi Sala (New York University / Université de Montreal)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo)
• José Ignacio Suárez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Keynote Speakers:

• Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo)
• Christian Speck (Universität Koblenz-Landau)

The official languages of the conference are English, Spanish 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 4 February 2018*** to <>. 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 end of February 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