Nono conference March 23-26

I am delighted to participate in a conference next March 23-26 on the music of Luigi Nono. Presented by Tufts and Harvard Universities, it will involve notable scholars and performers. Chris Burns and I will be performing Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura”. ┬áThe call for papers has apparently drawn strong submissions – meanwhile the deadline is extended until Sept 1. Info is below.

Also regarding Nono: we are also excited to perform “La lontananza” at the new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust next February 17. Illuminating the vocal element of the piece and Nono’s longtime interest in Renaissance polyphony, our performance will be preceded by the vocal group Ekmeles performing music by Nono, Ockeghem, Josquin, Scelsi and Sciarrino. This pair of shows are among the six events that I have planned as a guest curator at National Sawdust – I’m excited and honored to have been asked to do so. More info on concerts there soon.

Utopian Listening: the Late Electroacoustic Music of Luigi Nono
Technologies, Aesthetics, Histories, Futures

International Conference/Workshop at Tufts University, March 23-26, 2016 (Co-sponsored by Tufts and Harvard Universities)

March 23-26, 2016

Tufts University, Medford, MA

Conference website:

Deadline: *September 1, 2015* (deadline extended from August 15).

Abstract of not more than 350 words plus 50-word biography to Joseph Auner ( and Anne Shreffler (

Utopian Listening will bring together scholars, sound engineers, composers, and musicians to engage with the practical and aesthetic challenges of performing Luigi Nono’s works with live electronics, considered within their historical and political contexts as well as their contemporary ramifications and potentialities. This interdisciplinary conference/workshop is open to participants with long involvement with this remarkable body of works as well as those coming to Nono’s music for the first time. The format will combine roundtables, paper sessions, four concerts, and workshops for technicians, musicians, and scholars focusing on the specific issues raised by the works to be performed in the concerts.

We invite papers exploring musical, technical, aesthetic, analytical, and political aspects of Nono’s late electroacoustic works. Scheduled pieces to be performed include: ‘Con Luigi Dallapiccola’ for percussion and ring modulator (1979), ‘Das atmende Klarsein’ for chorus, bass flute, live electronics, and tape (1981), ‘A Pierre, dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum’ for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet, and live electronics (1985), ‘Post-Prae-Ludium per Donau’ for tuba and live electronics (1987), ‘La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura’ for solo violin and 8 tapes (1988-89). The concerts will also include some of Nono’s fixed media works such as ‘La fabbrica illuminata’ (1964) for soprano and four channel tape.

Paper sessions and roundtables will consider such topics as: Nono’s creative process; Performance practice of Nono’s late works; Electronics and the idea of the work; Sound and the sonic articulation of space and place in Nono’s music; The role of the score and the creation of performing editions; Questions of historical performance practice in electroacoustic music; Analytical issues in Nono’s late music

Special guests: Nuria Schoenberg Nono (President, Archivio Luigi Nono); Alvise Vidolin (Centro di Sonologia Computazionale, University of Padua)

Keynote speakers: Gianmario Borio (University of Pavia, Cremona); Veniero Rizzardi (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice)

Planning committee: Joseph Auner (Tufts University), Angela Ida De Benedictis (Paul Sacher Stiftung, Archivio Luigi Nono), Friedemann Sallis (University of Calgary), and Anne Shreffler (Harvard University), who will be co-editing a book growing out of the event.

Other participants will include: Ian Burleigh, Christopher Burns, Miranda Cuckson, Joshua Fineberg, Jamie Kirsch, Paul Lehrman, Stacey Mastrian, Jeffrey Means, Max Murray, Carola Nielinger-Vakil, Veniero Rizzardi, Margaret Schedel, Greg Surges, Hans Tutschku, Claudia Vincis, Laura Zattra, and Evan Ziporyn.

The conference language will be English.