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Breaking the Sound Barrier: New Paths in Extended Techniques

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START DATE 23 June 2015
START TIME 09:30am
END DATE 23 June 2015
END TIME 08:30pm

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Middlesex University's School of Media and Performing Arts is delighted to present this one-day symposium on extended techniques in contemporary music performance and composition.

What are the roles that extended techniques play in the creation of new music? In what ways do such techniques expand performance, compositional and listening practices? Do such extended techniques represent a new semiotics, a new grammar of creative thought? What is the role of technology in this area and how might it mediate between performer, composer and audience? To what extent do extended techniques place new meaning and function on notation? What is the role of embodied performance, and by extension, the role of the physical and virtual spaces within which we encounter music?

This one-day symposium brings together some of the leading composers and performers from the UK and Europe working with extended techniques in their composition and performance practices in a wide expanse of contemporary and free jazz genres. These include:

Lucas Niggi (percussion), University of Arts Zürich
Diamanda Dramm (violin), Royal Conservatory in The Hague
Garth Knox (viola), Middlesex University
Luk Vaes (piano), Orpheus Institute (Ghent)
Brian Inglis (composer), Middlesex University
Benjamin Dwyer (guitar), Middlesex University
Simon Limbrick (percussion), Middlesex University
Nick Roth (saxophone), Yurodny Ensemble (Dublin)
Richard Craig (flutes), Middlesex University
Jonathan Impett (trumpet), Middlesex University & Orpheus Institute

Following the symposium there will be a concert featuring Lucas Niggli, Garth Knox, Simon Limbrick Nick Roth, Jonathan Impett, Diamanda Dramm, Richard Craig and Benjamin Dwyer.


Symposium: Breaking the Sound Barrier – New Paths in Extended Techniques

Date: June 23, 2015
Time: 09.30 – 18.00
Venue: Concert Room, Grove Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London


Concert: Breaking the Sound Barrier

Date: June 23, 2015
Time: 19.00 – 20.30
Venue: MDX Television Studio, Grove Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London


Seats to the symposium and concert are limited and require prior booking via Eventbrite.

Information about transport to Middlesex's Hendon campus can be found here.

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