the Late Electroacoustic Music of Luigi Nono
Technologies, Aesthetics, Histories, Futures
March 23-26, 2016
Tufts University, in Partnership with Harvard University
About the conference
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.
The conference takes place March 23-26, 2016 on the Tufts University campus.
The Italian composer Luigi Nono (1924-90) was one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Active at Darmstadt in the 1950s, Nono took part in the debates among the young composers including Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, Bruno Maderna. Nono's personal musical voice combined rigor and improvisation in a sound world of great subtlety and beauty. His music was informed by his wide-ranging interests in philosophy, art, and literature as well as by his deeply held left-wing political beliefs. He married Nuria Schoenberg, a daughter of Arnold Schoenberg and Gertrude Kolisch Schoenberg, in 1955. Nuria Schoenberg Nono, currently the director of the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono in Venice, will be a guest of honor at the conference.