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.
A provisional programme is available here (last updated 31 May).
The programme includes:
As well as installations, papers, lecture-recitals, and performances, addressing themes including:
- Critical approaches
- David Tudor and the Solo for Piano
- Extending indeterminacy
- Games and play
- (Re)examining indeterminacy