Christian Wolff at Orpheus Institute

ORCiM Study Day with Research Festival guest Christian Wolff

The Orpheus Institute announces “Christian Wolff at Orpheus,” two study days September 28 and 29, 2015, with the composer in attendance. Included is a keynote talk by Philip Thomas (University of Huddersfield) and an open rehearsal by TWO (Joseph Houston, Aisha Orazbayeva) of American experimental works, including a new composition by Wolff.

A performers’ workshop will be held on Tuesday afternoon (29th) at which appropriate repertoire can be presented and coached by Thomas and Wolff.

Call for proposals

Proposals for papers and presentations are also invited for sessions on Monday (28th).

Interested performers or presenters should contact William Brooks ( for further details.


Monday, September 28

10.30: Coffee and registration
11.00: Welcome
11.15: Papers and discussion

  • Ann Warde: “My God! What has sound got to do with music?”Gesture and relationship as compositional materials in two pieces by Christian Wolff
  • Virginia Anderson: Christian Wolff in Interview
  • Luc Vaes: title tba   

12.30: Lunch
13:30: Keynote address by Philip Thomas: Fingers, Fragility and Freedom.
14:45: Break
15.00: Open rehearsal: TWO and Christian Wolff (works by Wolff, Feldman, Cage)
17.00: Break
17.30: Wine reception
18.00: Dinner

Tuesday, September 29

9.30: Coffee and registration
10.00: Performers’ workshop with Christian Wolff and Philip Thomas

  • Hannah Reardon-Smith: 13 Changes (Pauline Oliveros)
  • Jerry Wigens: Who and When (indeed!)

12.30: Lunch
13.30: Round-table: Music for Whom? (Thomas, Wolff, Brooks, Houston, Orazbayeva)
15.00: Close of study days