Performing Indeterminacy: An International Conference

Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017

School of Music, University of Leeds

With invited contributions from

Catherine Laws (Pianist and Senior Lecturer, University of York)

Benjamin Piekut (Associate Professor, Cornell University)

Christian Wolff (Composer, Professor of Music and Classics, Emeritus, Dartmouth College)

Organised by the AHRC-funded project, ‘John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra, this international conference addresses the performance of indeterminate and experimental musics as its central theme, and is intended as a forum for the exchange of perspectives from musicologists (in the broadest sense), performers, composers, and a wider audience. Including a performance of John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957–58) and the world premiere of Resistance by Christian Wolff performed by Apartment House, the conference comprises papers, practice-based contributions, installations, and musical performances.

By fostering dialogue and debate about the performance of indeterminate music in its many manifestations, we aim to broaden understandings of a music which remains at the margins of performance studies, and to ask challenging questions about where the limits of performance lie.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds!

Philip Thomas, Martin Iddon, Christopher Melen, and Emily Payne

Conference Committee

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