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Friday–Sunday, 22–24 September 2023
Schulich School of Music, McGill University

All sessions in Tanna Schulich Hall, Wirth Music Building, unless otherwise noted.
* indicates keynotes and special features


Friday 22 September (pre-conference, open to all conference registrants)

2:00–4:00 pm Jazz Forum featuring Miles Okazaki


Friday 22 September

4:15-5:45 pm Rhythm, Timbre, and Pedagogy

chair: Lisa Lorenzino (McGill University)

4:15 |  Teaching and learning traditional rhythms and improvisation today: the case of the practice of Gwoka in Guadeloupe
Catherine Grivet Bonzon and Claude Bonzon (Université de Genève)

4:45 | The Role of Timbre in Rhythm
Joshua Rosner, Michael Wagner, and Stephen McAdams (McGill University)

*5:15 | Rhythm is Dangerous: A Conversation with Jacqueline Leclair
Jacqueline Leclair (Associate Professor of Oboe, McGill University)


5:45-7:45 pm dinner on own


*7:45-9:00 pm Fabrice Marandola (Associate Professor of Percussion and Contemporary Music, McGill University)
                        McGill Percussion Ensemble

Paradigms and Drums: Analyzing and Performing the Music of Iannis Xenakis for Percussion

chair: Ben Duinker (McGill University)


Saturday 23 September

8:15 am registration, coffee

8:50 am Welcome: Sean Ferguson (Dean, Schulich School of Music, McGill University)

9:00-10:45 am Finland, France, and Switzerland

chair: Christoph Neidhöfer (McGill University)

9:00 | A Puzzle in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto [lecture-recital]
Daphne Leong (University of Colorado Boulder) and Jinjoo Cho (McGill University)

9:45 | A Century of Rhythm: Revisiting the “Premier Congrès du Rythme” (Geneva, 1926)
Peter Asimov (University of Cambridge)

10:15 | Kaija Saariaho's Rhythmic Practice, 1976-1995
Nathan Cobb (University of California, Santa Barbara)


*11:00-12:15 pm Jason Yust (Associate Professor of Music Theory, Boston University)

Rhythmic Regularity beyond Meter and Isochrony

chair: Christoph Neidhöfer (McGill University)


12:15 – 1:30 pm conference lunch, room 832


1:30 – 3:00 pm Rock, Popular Song, and Hip Hop

chair: Nicole Biamonte (McGill University)

1:30 | The Evolution of Syncopation in 20th-Century Popular Music
Joseph VanderStel (Artusi) and David Temperley (Eastman School of Music)

2:00 | Measuring the Myth: Tempo and (Micro-)Timing in the Music of the Rolling Stones
Ralf von Appen (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna) and David Carter (Loyola Marymount University)

2:30 | Producing Meter in Sample-Based Hip Hop
Jeremy Tatar (McGill University)


*3:15-4:30 pm Nicole Lizée (composer, performer, and video artist; Montréal)

Post-Quantization Music

chair: Jonathan Goldman (Université de Montréal)


*4:30–5:00 pm performance: Lizée’s Katana of Choice and The Filthy Fifteen

Ben Reimer (drumkit and percussion, Winnipeg)
soundtrack and film

chair: Jonathan Goldman (Université de Montréal)


5:45 – 7:45 pm conference dinner, Lola Rosa restaurant (276 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest)


*7:45 – 9:00 pm Miles Okazaki (guitarist and composer, Princeton University)

Teaching rhythmic embodiment

[This session will be held at Lola Rosa restaurant.
It is open to all conference registrants, independent of dinner attendance.]

chair: Daphne Leong (University of Colorado Boulder)


Sunday 24 September

9:00 – 10:30 am Insiders, Jazz, and Metal

chair: David Brackett (McGill University)

9:00 | Expressive Timing, Thematic Transformation, or Both? Onset Displacement and Ontology in Performances of Jazz Standard Melodies
Sean Smither (The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music)

9:30 | Rhythmic Complexity in Jazz: Expert Practitioners' Views and the Scholarly Literature
Andres Orco (University of Colorado Boulder)

10:00 | Contextual Counting: An Insider Approach to Metal Analysis
Calder Hannan (Columbia University)


*10:45 – 11:15 am John Hollenbeck (composer/percussionist, Professor, McGill University)

Concentration exercise (AKA “the quarter note exercise”)
You are invited to bring your instruments!

chair: Joshua Rosner (McGill University)


11:15–12:30 am P'ungmul Drumming and Shakuhachi Honkyoku

chair: Jonathan Wild (McGill University)

11:15 | Pressing Rhythms, Povel-Essens Reductions, and Applications to P’ungmul Drumming
Richard Cohn (Yale University)

11:45 | Under the Basket Weaved Hat - Metric and Chronometric Time in Kinko Ryū Shakuhachi Honkyoku
Devon Osamu Tipp (University of Pittsburgh)


12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch on own


2:00 – 3:45 pm Hypermeter, Rhythmic Figures, and Polyrhythm

[This session will be held in Clara Lichtenstein Hall, Strathcona Music Building, just across the walkway from Tanna Schulich Hall.]

chair: Robert Hasegawa (McGill University)

2:00 | “Dream Away the Time”: Analyzing Hypermeter in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1960)
Aidan McGartland (McGill University)

2:30 | Interpreting Rhythmic Variations in Non-Isochronous Rhythmic Figures in Danses et Interludes by Ana Sokolovic
Mitra Khodadadi (McGill University)

3:00 | Cognitive constraints on polyrhythm : a compositional approach [lecture-recital]
Louis-Michel Tougas (McGill University), with Rosane Lajoie, keyboard; Vincent Lachambre, guitar; Thierry Clouette, bass; Louis-Michel Tougas, drums


*4:00 – 5:15 pm John Hollenbeck (composer/percussionist, Professor, McGill University)

performance: with Jeanne Laforest, voice; Sarah Rossy, voice; Roman Munoz, guitar;
special guest Miles Okazaki, guitar

"...what rhythm is..."

chair: Jean-Michel Pilc (McGill University)


5:15 pm Farewell

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