Call for Papers – Utopian Listening: the Late Electroacoustic Music of Luigi Nono

June 23, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Performers by newmusicscotland

Call for Papers

Utopian Listening: the Late Electroacoustic Music of Luigi Nono
Technologies, Aesthetics, Histories, Futures

International Conference/Workshop at Tufts University, March 23-26, 2016

Utopian Listening will bring together scholars, sound engineers, composers, and musicians to engage with the practical and aesthetic challenges of performing Luigi Nono’s works with live electronics, considered within their historical and political contexts as well as their contemporary ramifications and potentialities. This interdisciplinary conference/workshop is open to participants with long involvement with this remarkable body of works as well as those coming to Nono’s music for the first time.

The format will combine roundtables, paper sessions, four concerts, and workshops for technicians, musicians, and scholars focusing on the specific issues raised by the works to be performed in the concerts.

> We invite papers exploring musical, technical, aesthetic, analytical, and political aspects of Nono’s late electroacoustic works.

Scheduled pieces to be performed include: ‘Con Luigi Dallapiccola’ for percussion and ring modulator (1979), ‘Das atmende Klarsein’ for chorus, bass flute, live electronics, and tape (1981), ‘A Pierre, dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum’ for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet, and live electronics (1985), ‘Post-Prae-Ludium per Donau’ for tuba and live electronics (1987), ‘La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura’ for solo violin and 8 tapes (1988-89). The concerts will also include some of Nono’s fixed media works such as ‘La fabbrica illuminata’ (1964) for soprano and four channel tape.

> Paper sessions and roundtables will consider such topics as:
> Nono’s creative process
> Performance practice of Nono’s late works
> Electronics and the idea of the work
> Sound and the sonic articulation of space and place in Nono’s music
> The role of the score and the creation of performing editions
> Questions of historical performance practice in electroacoustic music
> Analytical issues in Nono’s late music

Special guests: Nuria Schoenberg Nono (President, Archivio Luigi Nono)
> Alvise Vidolin (Centro di Sonologia Computazionale, University of Padua)

> Keynote speakers: Gianmario Borio (University of Pavia, Cremona)
> Veniero Rizzardi (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice)

Planning committee: Joseph Auner (Tufts University), Angela Ida De
> Benedictis (Paul Sacher Stiftung, Archivio Luigi Nono), Friedemann Sallis
> (University of Calgary), and Anne Shreffler (Harvard University), who will be co-editing a book growing out of the event.

Other participants will include: Ian Burleigh, Christopher Burns, Miranda Cuckson, Joshua Fineberg, Jamie Kirsch, Paul Lehrman, Stacey Mastrian, Jeffrey Means, Carola Nielinger-Vakil, Greg Surges, Hans Tutschku, Laura Zattra, Evan Ziporyn.

Please send an abstract of not more than 350 words as well as a short(maximum 50-word) biography to Joseph Auner ( and Anne Shreffler ( by August 15, 2015.

> The conference language will be English. This conference/workshop is co-sponsored by Tufts and Harvard Universities.