[Event] Sonorities: The Body’s Music

Good news for readers of this blog; there are a number of exciting body & sound-focussed events coming up. Among them is the Sonorities Festival in Belfast, which takes ‘The Body’s Music’ as its theme for 2012. The festival is set to feature some intriguing performances (including works from Atau Tanaka and Evan Parker) and fascinating papers (including keynotes from Susan Kozel and Benjamin Knapp).

The Sonorities Festival is the longest-running new music festival in Ireland and is one of the cornerstone Festivals in Europe presenting innovative new music.   Run by the School of Creative Arts and the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, the Festival has always brought to Northern Ireland innovative ideas and sounds from across the world and the 2012 Festival is no exception in this regard. We are  hosting a special event which has at its core the theme of The Body’s Music.

As digital technologies permeate and often dominate our daily lives, creative disciplines likewise become influenced, shaped and altered by those technological advances. The body’s relations to musical instruments, its connection and dis-connections with technological devices as well as the ways in which our bodies are being made audible (as well as visual) is a heightened concern for sonic arts practitioners. The grounding of music in / within the body can provide a familiar touchstone for listeners, and represents one of the strategies for engaging a broad spectrum of audience members with contemporary music. Practitioners continue to define and critically examine the threshold conditions between body and instrument and challenge continuities and discontinuities of body, as well as the changing role of the instrument itself.

The international symposia series, Two Thousand +, which has been running alongside the festival since 2006, will be dedicated to theme of The Body’s Music. For the symposium, we seek paper proposals from diverse performance practitioners (from music, dance, theatre and new media) and theorists that put the human body at the centre of their practices.

We are proud to announce dancer, choreographer and philosopher Susan Kozel and BioMuse System creator Ben Knapp as keynote speakers for the symposium.

The festival runs from 22nd – 27th March 2012. The deadline for paper and music proposals is 4th December 2011. For further information check out the Sonorities website.

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