Nancarrow In The 21st Century

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20-21 April 2012
Level 5 Function Rooms
Southbank Centre

This conference brought together some of the most important Nancarrow scholars and commentators from around the world to explore the composer's continuing and developing influence on contemporary musical thinking.

Featuring keynote presentations from:

  • Charles Amirkhanian (USA), Artistic Director of Other Minds who produced and promoted Nancarrow's music and is responsible, perhaps more than any other person, for helping the composer achieve recognition.
  • Kyle Gann (Bard College, USA), author of the most important text on the subject - The Music of Conlon Nancarrow

plus presentations from:

  • Yoko Sugiura-Nancarrow, Conlon's widow (Mexico)
  • Felix Meyer (Switzerland), author and Director of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basal, which holds the archive of Nancarrow's work.
  • Sound sculptor Trimpin (USA), whose installation 'Conloninpurple' was presented in the QEH Foyer this weekend
  • Dominic Murcott (Trinity Laban, UK)  with a live performance from percussionist Joby Burgess
  • Nick Collins (University of Sussex, UK)
  • Clifton Callender (Florida State University, USA)
  • Mark Gotham (Cambridge University, UK)
  • Alistair Zaldua (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)

Conference Director and Festival Artistic Advisor

  • Dr Dominic Murcott (Head of Composition, Trinity Laban)

Conference Committee

  • Dr Dominic Murcott (Trinity Laban)
  • Dr Jonathan Owen Clark (Head of Research, Trinity Laban)
  • Kyle Gann (Bard College USA)
  • Dr Felix Meyer (Paul Sacher Foundation Switzerland)
  • Prof. James Greeson (University of Arkansas)

Conference Coordinator

  • Dr Steve Gisby

Additional Coordination

  • Dr Chris Sarantis
  • Dr Leo Grant

Conference Partners

  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
  • Southbank Centre, London

  • Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel
  • Institute of Musical Research, London
  • The Berthold Goldschmidt Lecture Series

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