New Music at Oxford: Tristan Murail and Spectralisms

Between Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 March, the Faculty of Music is delighted to be welcoming composer Tristan Murail, and celebrating his 70th birthday.

On Tuesday 14 March, the New Music Forum takes place at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, where Murail will be participating in a composers’ workshop. The day finishes with a concert given by the Faculty’s own Ensemble ISIS concert, starting at 19.30, and including a performance of Murail’s classics Mémoire/Erosion and Cloches d’adieu in the presence of the composer.

On Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March, the ‘Spectralisms‘ international conference takes place in the Faculty, with speakers from 11 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. Tristan Murail gives the keynote lecture, and composer Julian Anderson will give the invited guest lecture. The conference concludes with a panel discussing ‘Repositioning spectralism’, including musicologists Amy Bauer, Jonathan Cross and Nicolas Donin, and composer Patricia Alessandrini.

Also on Wednesday 15 March beginning at 19.30 in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, the London Sinfonietta performs a programme of spectral music by Murail, Grisey, Saariaho and Koskelin. Murail will introduce his pieces from the platform. If you cannot make the concert in person, you can watch it virtually.

You will able to follow events on twitter using the hashtag #spectralisms2017