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Sunday, October 19, 2014 (All day) - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (All day) Conference - Gérard Grisey, the spectral moment, and its legacy

The premature death of French composer Gérard Grisey (1946–98) cut short one of the most productive and creative musical careers of the twentieth century. Starting in the 1970s, Grisey and other musicians associated with the ensemble l’Itinéraire developed a radically new musical approach that took the physical characteristics of sounds (their acoustical spectra) as a source of inspiration. This new aesthetic, later dubbed “spectral music,” grew from the intersection of science and art, combining the enhanced understanding of sound made possible by technological advances with an aesthetic exploration of the phenomenological experience of musical time and sound colour. Through immersion in the scientific disciplines of acoustics and psychoacoustics, spectralist composers learned to create chords that melted into timbres, illusory combination tones and interference effects, and complex orchestral hybrids blurring the boundary between acoustic and electronic sounds. As the late composer Jonathan Harvey remarked, “spectralism is a moment of fundamental shift after which thinking about music can never be quite the same again.”

This event features an international colloquium and three concerts dedicated to exploring the contemporary legacy of Grisey’s music and compositional thought. The colloquium will take place over three days (19–21 October 2014), with presentations at both the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and the Faculté de Musique of the Université de Montréal. Invited speakers include scholars from the fields of composition (Jean-Luc Hervé, Philippe Hurel, Philippe Leroux), musicology (François-Xavier Féron, Bob Gilmore, Jonathan Goldman, Robert Hasegawa), and music psychology (Stephen McAdams).

The concerts, featuring three prominent Montreal new music ensembles—the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Lorraine Vaillancourt, dir.), Sixtrum, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (Guillaume Bourgogne, dir.)—will explore Grisey’s creative legacy through live performance. In addition to major works by Grisey (Vortex temporum, Le temps et l’écume and Tempus ex machina) the concerts will feature works by composers associated with the legacy of spectral music including Jean-Luc Hervé, Philippe Hurel, and Philippe Leroux.

For more details, please visit the Grisey Conference website

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 15:30 Ladies Morning Muical Club (LMMC): Trio Pasquier Pollack Hall
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 19:30 Schulich Golden Violin Competition Tanna Schulich Hall
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 19:30 live@CIRMMT: McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble: Guillaume Bourgogne, artistic director Music Multimedia Room

Presented in part of the Grisey Conference 

Le temps et l'écume

Anna Bond, mezzo-soprano

Grisey: Le temps et l'écume

Rea: Accident - Tombeau de Gérard Grisey

Saariaho: Message pour Gérard

Goddard: Janus Turns

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, AT THE SCHULICH SCHOOL OF MUSIC BOX OFFICE BY PHONE (514-398-4547) OR IN PERSON : MON TO FRI 12:00 TO 6:OO P.M. (555 SHERBROOKE ST. WEST)

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 20:00 McGill Rhythm Section Ensemble: Bill Mahar, director
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:00 McGill Chamber Jazz Ensemble Tanna Schulich Hall

Jean-Nicolas Trottier, coordinator

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 18:00 McGill Student Soloists Pollack Hall

Marina Mdivani, coordinator

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 19:30 McGill Jazz Orchestras I and II Tanna Schulich Hall

Joe Sullivan and Ron DiLauro, directors

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, AT THE SCHULICH SCHOOL OF MUSIC BOX OFFICE BY PHONE (514-398-4547) OR IN PERSON : MON TO FRI 12:00 TO 6:OO P.M. (555 SHERBROOKE ST. WEST)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:30 2014 Beaverbrook Annual Lecture: Glenn Greenwald Pollack Hall
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 19:30 Ensemble de flûtes Alizé Tanna Schulich Hall
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 19:30 McGill Baroque Orchestra and Cappella Antica Pollack Hall

Hank Knox, director, Baroque Orchestra

Valerie Kinslow, director, Cappella Antica

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 19:30 Orchestre Symphonique de l'Agora: Nicolas Ellis, artistic director Pollack Hall
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00 - 16:00 Schulich School of Music Open House New Music Building
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 20:00 McGill Early Music Student Soloists and Harpsichord Class Concert Tanna Schulich Hall

Lena Weman, coordinator

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 17:00 Schulich Masterclass / Rencontres jazz Masterclass : François Théberge, saxophone Tanna Schulich Hall

This event was made possible by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada