Thursday, 29 October 2009

November Events

Two things happening very close together in November. On the 18th, my new duo for Violin and Cello Some States Can Be Resolved Rhythmically will be played at the ICA by Lucy Railton and Aisha Orazbayeva, as part of its Calling Out Of Context Festival - more details are available here.

Then, on November 20th, I'm organizing an academic research event at the RAM, where I'll give a paper on some of the thinking behind Everything In Life Can Be Montaged, especially dealing with the issues raised by the rather extreme approach I take to the voice in the piece. Here's a more formal description of the event:

Narrative and the Female Voice

An afternoon event at the Royal Academy of Music exploring the ways in which composers have, over the past 100 years, used the female voice to construct narrative, and, through that, engage with notions of gender and its musical representation. The repertoire discussed will range from Lili Boulanger’s cantata Faust et Helene via Schoenberg and Berio to Alex Hills’s Everything in Life Can Be Montaged, first performed last year.

Speakers and papers will be:

Briony Williams (Royal Academy of Music): Voice Pitch as Narrative Structure in Lili Boulanger's Faust et Helene.

Jessica Payette (Oakland University, Michigan): Cinematic Narrativity in Early Twentieth-Century Psychoanalytic Music.

Mireya Obregón (Stanford University): Berio’s radiophonic art - The Dramatic Juxtaposition of Body and Technology in Visage.

Alex Hills (Royal Academy of Music): Ostranenine - Models for Enstrangement in Everything in Life Can Be Montaged.

The papers will be followed by a round table discussion of issues raised during the day.

Piano Gallery, York Gate, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Rd., London NW1 5HT, 20th November 2009, 2-6 pm.