Orpheus Research Festival 2015


The Orpheus Research Festival is our annual showcase event of research, music and ideas, now in its seventh edition.

The Festival is now established as a beacon for artistic research in music and has drawn the attention of artistic researchers from all over the world. The Festival presents the full range of research at the Orpheus Institute into the processes and contexts of music making—work that addresses questions at the heart of the artist’s musical practice. Whether imagining the future or re-imagining the past, the diversity of artistic research at Orpheus sheds new light on our shared musical present.

Curated by Director of Research Jonathan Impett and theatre director Johan Petri, these concerts, presentations and lectures form a framework around which guests are encouraged to participate, to respond, provoke and discuss. The Orpheus Institute is pleased to welcome composer Christian Wolff as artist-in-residence at this year’s Festival.


Tue, 29th of September 2015

The Pre-Festival Concert  
19:30 DOORS
20:00-22:00 Deleuzabelli Variations3
  Paulo de Assis with ME21 and HERMESensemble

Wed, 30th of September 2015

13:00-13:30 REGISTRATION
13:30-14:00 WELCOME
  Peter Dejans
The contemporary musician: practice, research and ethics
  Jonathan Impett
14:00-15:00 Topic 1: Output -> documentation -> simulacra
  If the knowledge produced through the reflective practice of music is embodied in musical experience itself, what is the status of other modes of representation or exploration of that practice? Cluster leaders present their strategies. Open discussion.
  Paulo de Assis, Tom Beghin, Luk Vaes and Catherine Laws. Chair: Jonathan Impett
15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30-17:30 Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation
  Cluster presentation / lecture-performance
  Catherine Laws with Stefan Östersjö, David Gorton, Dirk Moelants, Esther Coorevits and Edward Jessen
17:30-18:00 COFFEE BREAK
18:00-19:00 Beethoven and his Foreign Pianos
  Tom Beghin, Michel Bernays and Chris Maene
19:00-20:30 DINNER BREAK
20:30-21:30 Elegance, Difficulty, Monstrosity
  Tom Beghin with Andrew Willis

Thu, 1st of October 2015

09:30-10.00 Christian Wolff directs a tutti-performance
10:00-10:30 From Musical Works to Multiplicities
  Paulo de Assis
10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK


New compositions from the Orpheus Institute

  solo meno uno [SdI]
  Lucia D’Errico
  Hyperion (after Bruno Maderna)
  Juan Parra with Hanne Roos, Riccardo Fazzi and Claudia Sorace (Muta Imago)
  Jonathan Impett with Nico Couck, Lucia D’Errico and Tom Verney
  Tiziano Manca with Jan Michiels
13:00-14:00 LUNCH
14:00-14:30 Topic 2: Invention and composition as research
  One might imagine the activity of composition to be at the forefront of artistic research in music, and yet there is little consensus as to how this is to be understood. How do we identify and communicate the ‘knowledge’ developed through the practice of composition?
Round-table / open discussion
  Christian Wolff and John Croft with Tiziano Manca, Juan Parra, Jonathan Impett and Lucia D’Errico. Chair: Luk Vaes
14:30-15:00 The Research Catalogue and the Journal for Artistic Research: New Modes of Presenting Artistic Research
  Dialogue between Paulo de Assis and Michael Schwab
15:00-15.30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30-17:30 Schönberg Memory Wheel
  Concert performance
17:30-18:00 COFFEE BREAK
18:00-19:00 Experimental Music Then and Now

Keynote talk/Dialogue

Christian Wolff

19:00–20.00 The Music of the New York School
  Music by Wolff, Cage and Feldman
  Ensemble TWO - Aisha Orazbayeva and Joe Houston

Fri, 2nd of October 2015

Unfolding the Sensorial
 Lecture/Live artwork  
 Kathleen Coessens and Donald Urquhart  
10:00-10:30 Music After Sound Art: Teaching Music in Art School
  Nicolas Collins
10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-13:00 Experimental Legacy
  Group presentation
  Luk Vaes with Nico Couck, Sarah Saviet, Godfried-Willem Raes and Primoz Sukic
13:00-13:30 Truth, Reverie, or Ruse? Speculation and the Heart of Artistic Research
  Valentin Gloor and Anna Scott




Related researchers

comming soon

Dirk Moelants