The project has kicked off and research is under way. With the aim of filling the void apparent in the subject of beauty within atonality, an extensive annotated bibliography is being compiled. The aim of the project is to create an accessible resource that can be accessed by researchers, composers, musicologists and academics interested in 20th and 21stCentury music and the aesthetics attached to such genres. Other aims are to track the development of aesthetic thinking about beauty in the music in question and review the musicological approach to modernism.
By using online databases, the bibliography will include numerous sources that reference and discuss beauty and aesthetics within atonal music. Key words and authors as well as other specifics such as school of thought and works by composers will be highlighted to facilitate the search process when accessing the resource.
Though still early days, acquiring a host of sources has begun. This week has largely comprised setting up project spreadsheets and organising the gathering of data. Research and literature training led by one of the librarians at Canterbury Christ Church University has really benefited the project, enabling a much more effective research process.
Thorough research will really only begin next week, with a focus in the area of art music and modernism, and atonality, looking at post-war literature and composers’ treatises as well as analyses of key works and general texts and surveys. Summaries and notes will be taken and will provide insight in to the resource when researchers access the resource.
The nature of this project is that the resource will grow as time goes on, with a more in depth and extensive yet concise bibliography ultimately being the result of sifting through the many results yielded. Next week’s post will include some specific search areas and updates as well as a review of the Music and/as Process conference taking place at Goldsmiths University of London on the 6th June.
– Jason Kavanagh (BMus, Year 3)
5 September 2014: Paper presentation: Fragkou, M. ‘ “A Glimpse into Some Other World”: Stan’s Cafe’s Theatre’, Annual Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) conference, Royal Holloway, University of London.
13th-14th September 2014: International Conference – Schoenberg at 140, organised by Dr. Stelios Chatziiosifidis, MDg01, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
27th September 2014: Performance: ‘Friendo’ @ The Network Music Festival, featuring Dr. Panos Ghikas, Jennifer Walshe and Johannes von Weizsäcker. Digbeth, Birmingham http://migrorecords.com/friend
28th September 2014: Keynote Lecture, Laboratory of Spring Symposium, Torun, Poland: Dr. Nicholas McKay. “The Rite Signs: semiotic readings 100 years on”.
October-December, 2014: Research Leave Project: Dr. Kene Igweonu: “From Posture to Acture: Feldenkrais Method and Performance Training”. University of Lagos, Nigeria
The Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Awards 2014 for the Music for Life Project (Hallam, Creech, McQueen and Dr. Maria Varvarigou)
October, 2014: Publication: ‘Quotation, Psychogeography, and the ‘Journey Form’ in the Music Theatre of Klaus Lang and Chico Mello’, Contemporary Music Review, special issue Musical Borrowing and Quotation in the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries, ed. by Pwyll ap Siôn and Dr. Lauren Redhead, 33.2
12th October 2014: Performance by Dr. Lauren Redhead: Automatronic Organ and Electronics Recital, London, with Alistair Zaldua (electronics). New works by R. Armstrong (US), Mic Spencer (University of Leeds) and Marcello Messina (University of Leeds/Federal University of Acre, Brazil) http://automatronic.co.uk
16th October 2014: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Robert Rawson – Claire Holden (Oxford and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) ‘The Long and the Short of it: a reinterpretation of articulation in Beethoven’ 17:00-18:00, Lg 16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
16th-24th October 2014: Performance/Composition: ‘Residual Bits of Sunlight’ by Dr. Sam Salem with Andersson Dance, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. (Review in SvD Kultur Interview / Profile on Musica Kaleidoscope)
2oth October 2014: Performance by Dr. Lauren Redhead: Automatronic Organ and Electronics Recital, Canterbury Festival, CCCU, with Huw Morgan (organ) and Alsitair Zaldua (electronics). http://automatronic.co.uk
23rd October 2014: Research Seminar in Music – Dr. Lauren Redhead (Canterbury Christ Church University) ‘Dual Roles and Split Personalities: Undertaking Practice-Led Research in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Contexts’ 17:00-18:00, Lg 16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
24th October 2014: Performance/Composition: ‘Too late, too far’ by Dr. Sam Salem @ The Open Circuit Festival, Liverpool.
24th October 2014: Performance: ‘Broadstairs’ by Chris Weisman, performed by Robert Stillman. The Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury
30th October 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by BLUEBLUT (Vienna, Austria). Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
1st November 2014: organ and electronics performance by Dr. Lauren Redhead @ di_stanze festival, University of Leeds. Electronics with Alistair Zaldua. New works by Rob Canning (Bournemouth University) and Thor Magnusson (University of Sussex).
6th November 2014: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Robert Rawson – Professor Eric Clarke (Oxford) ‘Music, Empathy and Cultural Understanding’ 17:00-18:00, Lg16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
6th November 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by Tim Long (Senior Lecturer, MAD) and Masato Kakinoki (PHD student within MPA). Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
7th-10th November 2014: Paper Presentation, Interdiscplinary.Net Global Conference, Prague. Andy Hurst: “iPad Svoboda”.
11th November 2014: Performance by Robert Stillman with the Mikkel Ploug Group. Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th November 2014: Performance: Dr. Kasia Lech. “Bubble Revolution” Anselm Studio 1, Canterbury Christ Church University
13th November 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by Zone Poetry Collective. Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
20th November 2014: Research Seminar, University of Leeds. Dr. Lauren Redhead: “Dual Roles and Split Personalities: Undertaking Practice-Led Research in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Contexts”
20th November 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by Knight, Jarvis and Ponsford trio. Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
23rd November 2014: Performance: Evan Parker’s ’12 for 12 Musicians’ involving Dr. Matthew Wright @ The Calder, Wakefield, as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival http://www.hcmf.co.uk/event/show/440
27th November 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by Begin Again Again and the Leon String Quartet. Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
28th-29th November 2014: Performance/Composition: Inside/Outside by Dr. Matthew Wright with The Six Tones ensemble (Sweden / Vietnam) and choreographer Marie Fahlin (Sweden) @ The Inter Arts Centre, Malmo, Sweden (3 performances) https://myspace.com/thesixtones/video/inside-outside-clip-1/109178745
29th November 2014: BBC Radio 3 ‘Hear and Now’ Broadcast: Dr. Matthew Wright, as part of Evan Parker’s ’12 for 12 Musicians’
30th November 2014: Research Seminar, Inter Arts Centre, Malmo, Sweden. Dr. Matthew Wright: ‘Afro-Acousmatic: Post-DJ approaches to the turntable/laptop interface’
December 2014: Publication: Dr. Lauren Redhead. ‘False Relationships: Nicola LeFanu, I am Bread,’ in Sounding Food and Music, ed. by Laura Seddon (Brighton: Contemporary Connections, 2014). Linked with Sounding Food and Music Concert:http://theoldmarket.com/shows/sounding-food-music/
4th December 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey: Performance including Robert Stillman. Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
6th December 2014: Performance/Composition: ‘Leap of Death’ by Robert Stillman. Cinecity Brighton Film Festival
11th December 2014: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Robert Rawson – Professor John Rink (Cambridge) ‘Musical Performance as Creative Practice’ 17:00-18:00, Lg 16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
11th December 2014: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by Bison Bonasus. Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury.
8th January 2015: FREE RANGE organised by Dr. Sam Bailey. Performance by SLAP, featuring Tina Krasevech, Dr. Sam Bailey, Tom Jackson (PHD student within MPA) and David Leahy. Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury
29th January 2015: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Robert Rawson – Dr Catherine Haworth (University of Huddersfield) ‘Bodies of Evidence: female musical performance and the politics of representation in classical Hollywood’ 17:00-18:00, Lg16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
29th January 2015: Performance/Composition: ‘Too late, too far’ by Dr. Sam Salem @ IGNM Concert Series, Basel, Switzerland
30th January 2015: Performance/Composition: ‘Too late, too far’ by Dr. Sam Salem with Ensemble Vortex, Geneva, Switzerland
February 2015: Book chapter Fragkou, M. ‘Stan’s Cafe’ in Tomlin, E. (ed.) British Theatre Companies: From Fringe to Mainstream, Vol. 3. London: Methuen, pp. 207-230.
12th February 2015: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Robert Rawson – George Kennaway (University of Hull) ‘Authentic or sincere? – Historically informed performance as a presentation of the self’ 17:00-18:00, Lg16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
20th February 2015: Paper – Dr. Lauren Redhead ‘The Beautiful and the Political as Commitment and Representation’ 14:30-15:00, RHB 167, Department of Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London, part of the ‘Compositional Aesthetics and the Political’ conference.
20th February 2015: Paper – Dr. Panos Ghikas ‘What music, what politics?: How corporate work and academia made me improvise more’ 15:00-15:30, RHB 167, Department of Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London, part of the ‘Compositional Aesthetics and the Political’ conference.
20th February 2015: Session chairing – Dr. Matthew Wright ‘Session 3: Staging Improvisation’ 16:00-17:30, RHB 167, Department of Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London, part of the ‘Compositional Aesthetics and the Political‘ conference.
26th February-1st March 2015: Dr. Maria Varvarigou: Paper Presentation: Promoting collaborative playful experimentation through group ear playing in Higher Education. Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Creativity and changing cultures (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
28th February 2015: Dr. Lauren Redhead: Performance of music for organ and electronics at St Laurence, Catford, 4.30pm – Automatronic Spring Festival 1 – with KE support from CCCU
March 2015: Fragkou, M. Book Review of Mireia Aragay and Eric Monforte’s Ethical Speculations in Contemporary British Theatre in Studies in Theatre and Performance, 35:1, 103-105.
2nd March 2015: Dr. Lauren Redhead: Performance of music for organ and electronics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, 7.30pm – Automatronic Spring Festival 2 – with KE support from CCCU
3rd-14th March 2015: Dr. Lauren Redhead: Drawing Towards Sound exhibition, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, curated by David Ryan. Including her graphic scores ‘vertical features’ and graphic notation performance videos of ‘[untitled]’ by Caroline Lucas and ‘Image, Music, text’ by Adam Fergler
7th March 2015 onwards: Composition: ‘Single Combat‘ by Dr. Matthew Wright + Roger Redgate released on the WIRE Tapper with the April edition of the WIRE magazine.
12th March 2015: In Dialogue with.. all Performing Arts Staff. 1pm lunch/refreshments, 1.30-3pm seminar. Each member of Performing Arts staff shares their current research and activity in 5 minutes with 5 minutes questions. Canterbury Christ Church University
12th March 2015: Dr. Maria Varvarigou: ‘Informal learning practices of popular musicians within music classroom and in one to one tuition. Royal College of Music, as part of the Masters Programme in Performance Science
12th March 2015: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Robert Rawson – Professor Nicola Dibben (University of Sheffield) ‘Bjork’s Biophilia‘ 17:00-18:00, Lg16, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
14th March 2015: Dr. Lauren Redhead: world premiere of ‘parergons’ for piano trio, 840 concert series, St James, Islington, London, 7.30pm
14th March 2015: Chris Price: performances of catches and glees, The Parrot, Canterbury
31st March 2015: Performance lecture: Dr. Lauren Redhead: ‘music for semionauts’, Sidney Cooper Gallery, 6pm
April 2015: Installation/Composition: ‘Inside Outside’ by Dr. Matthew Wright + The Six Tones @ Hoi An, Vietnam
11th April 2015: Dr. Lauren Redhead: Performance of music for organ and electronics at St Laurence, Catford – Automatronic Spring Festival 4 – with KE support from CCCU, 4.30pm
11th April 2015: Composition: ‘English Landscape Painting‘ by Dr. Matthew Wright performed by Pablo Moreno @ DePaul University, Chicago, USA
14th-18th April 2015: Paper Presentation as part of symposium on ‘Strategies for increasing motivation during instrumental learning’: Encouraging collective experimentation and improvisation through Group Ear Playing in Higher Education. 9th International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter
14th-16th April 2015: Workshop/Performance: The Battle Of Boat, Anselm Studios, Canterbury. Cut Feather Theatre in association with Gateways To WW1 and Dr Emma Hanna (University of Greenwich) workshop the latest work by Ethan Lewis Maltby and Jenna Donnelly – with KE support from CCCU. www.thebattleofboat.com
25th April 2015: Composition: ‘Totem for Gobi-New York’ by Dr. Matthew Wright, performed by Evan Parker + Matthew Wright @ Anselm Studio 1, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus, UK
11th May 2015: Performance Lecture: ‘Afroacousmatic’ by Dr. Matthew Wright, Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University
7 May 2015: Research Seminar on Polish theatre in the context of English-language tradition as 2015 marks 250th anniversary of Polish public theatre. Speakers: Prof Paul Allain (University of Kent) ‘To the Poles! – the reception of Polish theatre in the UK’ and Dr Kasia Lech (CCCU) ‘Let’s foreignize! English language and its culture in recent stagings of Polish national dramas’
May 2015: Fragkou, M. Entry on the ‘Ethics of Voting’ in Acts of Voting: A Lexicon in Contemporary Theatre Review’s Interventions online section: More info
May 2015: Dr. Marissia Fragkou: Book contract for monograph secured with Bloomsbury Methuen (Drama Engage Series) entitled Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Politics, Affect, Responsibility. The monograph will offer a critical investigation of the reinvigoration of the political in contemporary British theatre. By focusing on the spiralling of uncertainty in the new millennium, the study will make a case for reading precarity as a political theatrical trope which carries the potential to re-animate our understanding of the ‘human’ and communal responsibility for the lives of Others.
20th May 2015: Guest Performance Lecture: ‘Afroacousmatic’ by Dr. Matthew Wright, City University, London
21st May 2015: One-day Symposium: On the New Technical Literacies at Play Within Contemporary Live Performance, featuring Dr Nic Hunt (Rose Bruford College), Jamie Griffiths (Digital Artist, Film Director, Performer), Dr Scott Palmer (University of Leeds). Canterbury Christ Church University, Anselm Studio 1, 9.30am-4pm.
4th June 2015: Research Seminar in Music organised by Dr. Erica Buurman – Dr. Jennifer Walshe (Brunel University) ‘Composing in the Extended Field’, 5pm-6.30pm, Mdf04, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus
4th June 2015: Chris Price: The Folly of the Farce is Done – Death and Grief in Convivial Song Durham University Centre for 19th-Century Studies
10 June 2015: Research Seminar. Speaker: Professor David Owen Norris (University of Southampton) ‘The Reverend Thomas Oldfeld Bartlett, the composing Vicar of Swanage (1788-1841)’ and Chris Price (CCCU) ‘”Unsung Singers”: the musicians of Canterbury 1770-1865’. MDf08 5pm.
29th June 2015: MPA Research Festival (DAY 1): Broadstairs Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University: Cg47 + Cg48, 10.30am-5pm
July 2015: Dr. Marissia Fragkou: Book chapter ‘Precarious Citizenship in Rimini Protokoll’s Prometheus in Athens’ in Hager, P. and Zaroulia, M. (eds.) Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 171-192.
July-August 2015: Performance: Yangalang Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Cut Feather Theatre co-produce Yangalang Theatre’s 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance – with KE support from CCCU. More info
1 July 2015: ‘Performance, Ecology, Responsibility’ symposium organized by Dr Marissia Fragkou and Dr Kasia Lech in partnership with the Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts (CCCU) and ETRN (Kent). (Powell Building). The symposium is followed by a round-table discussion on ‘Future Ecologies’ with guest speakers (St Greg’s). More Info
2nd July 2015: MPA Research Festival (DAY 2): North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University: Mdg01, 10.30am-5pm
9-11 July: Chris Price: “‘Not of Heroic Build’: The Literate Glee” 10th conference on Music in 19th-Century Britain, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.
James Dean has been in the studio recording tracks for his new album ‘Here and Now’. The album features James Dean (guitars), Paul Booth (saxophones), Steve Hamilton (piano), Dave Whitford (bass) and Andrew Bain (drums). The band will be performing music from the album at the launch gig on Saturday 24th October, in the Anselm Studio, Canterbury Campus.