My research on Ligeti’s Piano Etude no 15, White on White, will be featured at the International Festival for Artistic Innovation at Leeds College of Music (UK) in March 2014. The festival emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary and collaborative practices in music and the arts. It will feature concerts, presentations, interactive workshops and masterclasses that involve music production, jazz, contemporary classical music and popular music (composition, performance, production and pedagogy in both their ‘distinct’ forms and as part of interdisciplinary arts practice). The goal of IFAI is to highlight themes of innovation, creativity, and collaboration as the related to the festival’s mission and outreach statement. The participants will share their contributions in the fields of music composition, performance, and interdisciplinary practices, analysis, critical theory, musicology, and pedagogy. The analytical paper entitled “Ligeti’s White on White: Embodied Cognition of the Compositional Precess” was featured at Ligeti Symposium and Festival at Florida State University (October 10-13, 2013). Celebrating the musical legacy of György Ligeti, the conference gathered scholars, performers, and composers inspired by Ligeti’s music and writings. Daytime lectures featured presenters from the United States and Europe. The evening concerts included the complete performances of Ligeti’s complete Piano Etudes, Musica Ricercata, Piano Concerto, and Horn Trio, among others. The conference schedule provides a more detailed list of all events. ABSTRACT “Ligeti’s White on White: Embodied Cognition of the Compositional Process” While there are numerous theoretical aspects to his compositional process, Ligeti’s compositional output ultimately reveals his pragmatic nature, closely related to the composer’s unique attitude toward the composition and performance of his works. This paper places Ligeti’s compositional practices […]
I am happy to announce that Alia Music Ensemble from Pittsburgh has commissioned a new work for their second annual Conductors Festival. The new piece will see its world premiere on September 13, 2013, directed by Cliff Colnot, a Chicago-based conductor and specialist in contemporary music repertoire. The performance will take place at PNC Recital Hall at Duquesne University campus. The work entitled Angel Antiphons is scored for large instrumental ensemble. It is written in honor of the British composer Benjamin Britten’s birth centenary (1913-2013.) You can read more about the new work here.
As a recipient of the award, I completed a preparation of a manuscript for publication as an article, The Apperception of Musical Creativity: Performance as Ritual, Composition as Prayer. The original paper was presented under at The Chant and Improvisation in the Liturgy Symposium during the Aesthetics and Pedagogy of Charles Tournemire music conference, which was organized by the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in October 2012. The manuscript is currently submitted for publication review. The article’s intellectual and musicological significance to humanities scholars, performers, composers and general audiences is of great importance as it not only offers a comprehensive overview of musical creativity, but it further highlights the notion of spirituality in musical arts. I wish to thank the music faculty at the Mary Pappert School of Music for their encouragement and support. ABSTRACT (2013) A musical performance can be described in terms of symbolic and stylized acts or actions and musical creation that is understood as the mind’s enactment of contemplation or prayer. The article defines musical invention as a creative spiritual process. It draws on the relationship between the two attributes of musical creation: the cognitive and performative ones controlled and sustained by the cognitive nervous system, and the emotional and spiritual attributes that may be understood as musical self-realization or prayer. The discussion unfolds around the physicality and psychology of musical creativity, as well as its spiritual ramifications in performance and composition. Along with present-day research in psychology and religious studies, the project brings forth a direct link between musical creativity and spirituality. It develops the theory of the apperception of musical creativity in the performing arts using the notions of ritual and prayer as mutually inclusive idiosyncrasies of […]