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Deadline: 15 November 2016


The Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017, Traditions-Transitions, will explore how different modes of relationships between past and present affect musical performance practice and composition. Further, practitioners and researchers from the fields of music and social sciences will draw on Eric Hobsbawm’s notion of “invented traditions”, examining how traditions are forged, broken or interrupted and how they might be used as sources of renewal.

The conference will feature lectures by Richard Taruskin, Joanna Dudley, Sigiswald Kuijken and Esteban Buch as well as a musical gallery in which performances and installations addressing the conference topics will be interspersed with moderated discussions between artists and our guest speakers.

We invite researchers, practitioners, artist researchers and doctoral students within related fields to submit proposals that address the broad range of issues involved in the conference topics. Submissions should include, but are not limited to, themes that place strong emphasis on the interplay between social practices and musical performance. We welcome contributions in the form of theoretical papers, performances or a combination of the two.

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Orpheus Instituut 20 years

Rethinking the Practices of Music

13 - 15 November 2016

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2016-2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Orpheus Institute – a leading centre for artistic research in music. We will celebrate this occasion with forty-eight hours of music, discussion and festivity to take place in Ghent from the afternoon of Sunday 13 November to the morning of Tuesday 15, 2016.

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Day of Artistic Research

Thursday 27 October 2016, deSingel (Antwerp)

On the 'Day of Artistic Research' the four Flemish conservatories and the Orpheus Institute reflect on the state of affairs in artistic research in music in Flanders. Research coordinators of the five participating institutes shortly present the research strands and latest developments in their institution, followed by Alessandro Cervino (LUCA) and Anna Scott (Orpheus Institute) presenting thier project: The Reflective Piano Class. 

Organized by the MAO-partnership (Module Artistiek Onderzoek): Orpheus Instituut (Ghent), LUCA School of Arts, campus Lemmens (Leuven), Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (AP University College), Royal Conservatory of Brussel and Royal Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent.
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Sound Work - Composition as Critical Technical Practice

ORCiM Seminar 2016

21-23 November 2016


The 10th Orpheus Research Seminar offers the opportunity for contributors from around the world to gather and explore the theme of composition as critical technical practice.

Keynote speakers:

Nicolas Collins, Professor of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Alan Blackwell, Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge

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