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Philosophy of Improvisation: The Aesthetics of Imperfection BSA Workshop

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5th-6th October 2019, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Two days of talks and demonstrations exploring contrasts between process and product, the unfinished and finished work, spontaneity and structure.
Stellar lineup of guest presenters: improvising musicians, interpreters and researchers from jazz and beyond.

All are welcome – free entry on the door.
Organised by Andy Hamilton and Samuel Horlor for Durham University Department of Philosophy. Supported by Durham University and British Society of Aesthetics, with the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.
Full information: https://www.andyhamilton.org/aesthetics-of-imperfection
For enquiries contact Samuel Horlor: s.p.horlor@durham.ac.uk


Saturday 5th October: Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, NE1 1SE 

09.45-10.00:    Introduction by Andy Hamilton(Philosophy Dept, Durham University)​

10.00-10.30:    Lara Pearson (music researcher)                          ‘The Aesthetics of the Musical Challenge: Games and Play in Karnatak Music’​

10.30-11.00:    Shelly Knotts (data musician and researcher) ‘Live Coding and Failure’ 

11.15-12.00:  Brodie West & Evan Cartwright (saxophone and drums improv duo)’How to Play out of Tune’​

12.00-12.30:    Guy Dammann (music journalist and researcher) ‘Imperfection and the Sense of Necessity’

13.30-14.30:    Achim Kaufmann (improvising pianist)                          Performance and Q&A​

14.30-15.00:    Liila Taruffi (music psychology and aesthetics researcher)                          ‘The Benefits of Spontaneous Thought for the Creative Brain’

Sunday 6th October: Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, NE1 1SE 

10.00-10.30:    Nina Kümin (music researcher)                          ‘Reintroducing the Improvised Cadenza: A Case Study in Vivaldi’s Violin Concertos

‘​10.30-11.00:    Pablo Seoane (aesthetics researcher)                          ‘Naturalness and Artifice: Notes on Authorship and Musical Improvisation’​

11.00-11.30:    Márcio Steuernagel (music researcher)                          ‘Imperfect Becomings: The Praxis of Musical Imperfection in Notated Composition’

11.45-12.15:    Evan Parker (improvising saxophonist)                          ‘Solo Improvisation – A Special Case?’​

12.15-12.45:    Raymond MacDonald (music psychology and improvisation researcher) ‘This Is Not Improvised But That Is: False Dichotomies and Imperfection’​

12.45-13.15:    Alex Hawkins (improvising pianist)                    Q&A  

14.15-14.45:    Katherine Hambridge (music researcher) TBC​

14.45-15.15:    Tony Buck (improvising percussionist)                          Interview with Andy Hamilton

​15.15-15.45:    Laura Leante (music researcher)                          ‘Aesthetics of Imperfection: Responses’