The Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music

March 24, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Performers by newmusicscotland

September 24–27, 2015
University of Turku & Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland

In this conference we will encourage new debates about the sounds and cultural meanings of minimalist music.

We especially welcome work which
– extends our understanding of minimalism as a sonic, social and cultural practice in the 21st century
– offers new perspectives on the core minimalist repertory
– opens new pathways to understanding minimalism as a musical and cross-arts phenomenon, especially how the style has migrated between genres, media and forms
– offers new perspectives on the different traditions and influences on the style, including precursors of minimalism
– sheds new light on minimalism in the Nordic region
– discusses examples of postminimalism which have taken the style in new directions, including drone music and music that draws on alternative tuning systems
– addresses the rich terrain of intersections of minimalism with popular music and culture, ranging from pop art to IDM.

Keynote speakers (details to be posted later)
Robert Fink
Jelena Novak

Guest composer (details to be posted later)
Kyle Gann

Proposals for individual papers, sessions and workshops should be submitted using the online forms at the conference website:

Deadline for proposals: March 30th 2015.

The conference is organised jointly by the Department of Musicology at the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, in Helsinki, Finland. It is supported by the Society for Minimalist Music ( ) and the International Institute for Popular Culture at the University of Turku (

Contact email: minimalism(at)​​​​​​​