Archived posts from 2011
December 31, 2011: A very Happy New Year to everyone and the very best wishes for a healthy and rewarding 2012!
January is examination month at Danish universities and the spring term officially begins on February 1. Please watch the website for updates regarding activities during 2012.
December 12, 2011 update:
Concert: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12 noon - 1 p.m. in Cafeteria 4, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Nu er det jul with Nikolaj Nottlemann, tenor, and Cynthia M. Grund, piano. Concert poster available HERE. Concert program available HERE. From both of us to all of you. . . .
.. . and after the concert on December 15, please stay on at SDU for
The final seminar for the fall semester 2011 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound, Thursday, December 15, 2011, 2:15 -4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55. 5230 Odense M. Sigrún Lilja Einarsdóttir, PhD student in Sociology – University of Exeter, England; Part time lecturer – Bifröst University, Iceland. Presentation via Skype: Bach in Everyday Life: ´Choral Capital´As Well-Being and the Socio-Musical Identities of Amateur Choristers Who Perform Art Music. Abstract available HERE.
Poster for the seminar available HERE.
Last but not least, thanks to the hosts of and participants in
ArtsIT-Second International ICST Conference on Arts and Technology last week, December 7-8, Esbjerg, Denmark. http://artsit.org/show/home It was a most enjoyable and productive conference in which I thoroughly enjoyed participating!
November 27, 2011: Seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound, Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55. 5230 Odense M. David Clowney, Associate Professor, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA presents a talk entitled Limits, Risks and Accomplishment in Musical Performance. Via Skype. Abstract availableHERE. Poster for the seminar available HERE. Audience participation via Skype is welcome! Please contact me in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.
November 20, 2011. . . and the beat goes on!
New Directions in Musical Performance. Workshop and seminar in the Concert Hall, Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark/Syddansk Musikkonservatorium og Skuespillerskole (AMDA/SMKS), Islandsgade 2, Odense, Denmark. 9:30 -14:00, November 21, 2011. For details, please see HERE.
Concert: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12 noon - 1 p.m. in Cafeteria 4, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Pianist and Professor William Westney plays a program of Bach, Scriabin, Albeniz and Brahms..Concert poster available HERE. Concert program availableHERE.
November 18, 2011:Seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound, Thursday, November 24, 2011, 2:15 -4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55. 5230 Odense M. William Westney (Texas Tech U) and Cynthia M. Grund (SDU) present a talk entitled David Hume's Theories of Beauty and Utility Applied to Issues of Musical Performance – A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue. Abstract available HERE. Poster for the seminar available HERE.
November 14, 2011: This coming Thursday two important events will be taking place in Odense, one at SDU and one at The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark (AMDA).
Seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound, Thursday,November 17, 2011, 2:15 -4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55. 5230 Odense M. We welcome Catherine Z. Elgin, Professor of the Philosophy of Education, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, who will present a talk entitled Two Dogmas and the Arts via Skype. Abstract available HERE. Poster for the seminar available HERE. Please remember that audience participation via SKype is also welcome.
At 7:30 p.m. on November 17, 2011, William Westney will be giving a concert
in the Concert Hall at the The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark (AMDA), Islandsgade 2, 5000 Odense C. William Westney is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and Browning Artist-in-Residence, School of Music, Texas Tech University and was appointed H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow at The University of Southern Denmark during the 2009-2010 academic year, affiliated with The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. Dr. Westney's program will include works by Bach, Albeniz, Brahms and Scriabin. For detailed program, please seeHERE. For more information on Dr. Westney, please see HERE.
November 10, 2011: Today is a filled with activities related to music research at SDU, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.
Lunchtime Conert: 12 noon - 1 p.m. in Cafeteria 4. Pianist Morten Heide plays a program of character pieces, the titles of which suggest that they have been inspired by the song of birds or the sounds of flowing water..Concert poster available HERE. Concert program available HERE. The Lunchtime Concert Series continues to explore the implications of staging live concert performance of primarily classical music for an audience that is not the traditional one in a venue not traditionally employed for these purposes: A university cafeteria at the busiest hour of the day.
The concert will be filmed for television broadcast and is followed by a seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound entitled: The Cognitive Semantics of Musical Tension with Jens Hjortkjær, PhD, Research Assistant, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. The seminar will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in U73,Poster for the seminar available HERE. Audience participation via Skype also welcome.
Our seminar in Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound last week on November 3 was Romantic Ballet: Features, Conventions and Narratives with Dr. Astrid Bernkopf, Programme Leader Dance Studies, Dept. of Performing Arts, Middlesex U., Trent Park Campus, London. Presentation via Skype. Poster for seminar available HERE.
The degree of international participation on Skype was particularly remarkable during this seminar: Our speaker presented from London while our audience members not only were present onsite in Odense, but also via Skype in Pittsburgh and Chicago in the US as well as in Kolding, Denmark.
I had recently returned from a lecture and research trip throughout the southern US October 14- 30, working together with my colleague William Westney from Texas Tech U in Lubbock, Texas. We lectured at Texas Tech, University of Texas -Austin and the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Tampa, Florida. Please see the calendar HERE for details.
October 7, 2011: Remember, you are welcome to participate as an audience member via Skype in the seminars in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. Yesterday we had success with a seminar where both our speaker and an audience member were present via Skype. We thus had attendees physically present in Odense and virtually present in Odense while physically residing in West Yorkshire, UK and Ohio, USA. So, wherever you are, do join us for Musicianship, Musical Interpretation, and Cultural Identity: Challenges for Philosophy and the Social Sciences with David G. Hebert, PhD, Professor of Music, Grieg Academy, Faculty of Education, Bergen University College. Presentation via Skype. Thursday, October 13, 2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Poster for seminar available HERE.
If you would would like to join us via Skype, just contact me in advance by e-mail so that we can check that everything is configured properly on your machine. Please make sure that you have the latest version of Skype installed.
Goals for Cross-Disciplinary Research and Education in Music and IT with Dr. Barry Eaglestone,Senior Lecturer, U of Sheffield, UK (RetiredI). Presentation via Skype.Thursday, October 6, 2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Poster for seminar available HERE.
. . . and remember, attendance via Skype is possible. Just contact me a few days in advance by e-mail as to how to get set up.
September 26, 2011: A TV-documentary in English about a Lunchtime Concert with pianist Gustav Krogh Hansen Piekut earlier this year at The University of Southern Denmark, SDU, at Odense airs throughout the week of September 26 - October 2, 2011 on ALT, Aabenraa Lokal TV on the TV Sønderjylland (TV-SDJ) network. The program will be permanently available HERE and during the broadcast week also HERE. In addition to concert clips, the program features interviews in which Gustav Krogh Hansen Piekut, Assoc. Prof. Cynthia M. Grund and Søren R. Frimodt-Møller, PhD participate.
Next week is the occasion of a double feature:
September 24, 2011: Seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound - Norms of the Performance Context with Søren R. Frimodt-Møller, PhD. Thursday, September 29 2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Poster for seminar available HERE.
Public lecture in fulfillment of the requirements for the magister degree. Stud.mag. Daniel Frandsen holds a public lecture addressing the following topic: Discuss the role played by authenticity in analysis of musical meaning and of musical value, taking into account considerations involving the connection between aesthetic value and ethical value. The lecture will be given in English and takes place on Friday, September 30 at 1:15 p.m. in U150, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.
September 20, 2011:
Musikkens og lydens æstetik: en tværvidenskabelig tilgang til nutidens Parnassus/The Aesthetics of Music and Sound: A Cross-Discliplinary Approach to a Present-Day Parnassus. I am looking forward to holding the opening lecture for the fall 2011 semester in Netværk for Kvinder i Filosofiske Fag (KIFF), Friday, September 23, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m, Room 1467-517, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, followed by a reception. Poster available HERE.
September 17, 2011: Thanks to all who made the seminar Markerless Motion Capture with Alex Czarowicz, Vice President of Sales for Organic Motion, on Thursday, September 15 such a success (please see below). It was a presentation in the seminar series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound; please see HERE for the program for all 13 seminars this fall.
The next seminar in the series is entitlted. Immanuel Kant and Eighteenth-Century Musical Thought with Tomas McAuley, PhD Candidate, Department of Music, King's College, London (via Skype). Thursday, September 22 2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Poster for seminar available HERE.
With all that has been going on as the fall semester gets off to a start, I've neglected to include this important update: The website for JMM10, the tenth issue of The Journal of Music and Meaning www.musicandmeaning.net was launched on July 20, 2011. From this issue and onwards, JMM will publish articles as they become camera-ready - a publication strategy we call ”rolling publication”. Two articles are already online and more are on their way.
I am also delighted to announce that the Danish Council for Independent Research| Humanities (FKK) has recently renewed its support for JMM with a grant of 90,000 Danish crowns (ca. 17,000 US dollars at current rates of exchange) for 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014. All of us at JMM are very grateful to FKK for its continuing support.
In May, I enjoyed an extended trip to the United States, visting Texas, Lousiana and Tennessee. The trip provided possibilities for both work and vacation. Much was accomplished while visiting Texas and working with my colleague WIlliam Westney, and there was an opportunity for a day of fruitful discussion with NNIMIPA-colleague David Hebert in New Orleans. There was also time for vacationing in Texas and New Orleans, as well as in Nashville - where aesthetic contrast was provided by a visit to a nearly true-to-scale model of the Parthenon and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry.
June 30-July 3 was the occasion of a four-day multi-event in London combining the Inaugural Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group with a Nordic Network for the Integration of Music Informatics, Philosophy and Aesthetics (NNIMIPA)-sponsored meeting. NNIMIPA members from all five Nordic countries attended. By all accounts it was a great success. Please see HERE for detailed information.
Work and pleasure were then once again combined during a visit to beautiful Yorkshire; I had the chance to enjoy both vacating there as well as some time to work together with colleague Barry Eaglestone.
Now as the fall term gains traction, we have already begun the 13-seminar series on Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound at the University of Southern Denmark at Odense, which started on September 8, 2011. The series will include presenters affiliated with several NNIMIPA member institutions. Audience participation by Skype is most also welcome! Please see HERE for details.
We began the series in grand style with a tango day at SDU on September 8, where the tango quintet Rabo del Gato played a marvelous lunchtime concert in Cafeteria 4, performing a program of Astor Piazzolla's tango compositions. The Concert poster is available HERE, and a flyer introducing RABO DEL GATO (in Danish) may be found HERE.
The concert, which was filmed for television boradcast, was followed by the topical and most enjoyable first seminar in the series - Lyric and Meaning in Tango’s Poetry with Claudio Cifuentes-Aldunate, Associate Professor of Spanish at The University of Southern Denmark. Poster for the seminar available HERE.
The next Seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound - Markerless Motion Capture with Alex Czarowicz, Vice President of Sales for Organic Motion, takes place on Thursday, September 15 2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in U73 at the University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. The poster for the seminar is available HERE. The abstract for the presentation is available HERE.
As always, please keen an eye on www.soundmusicresearch.org/Events.html in order to stay abreast of all events and activities sponsored by/affiliated with the research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound, Cross-Discliplinary Interplay Between the Humanities, Technology and Musical Practice, and on www.nnimipa.org in order to stay up-to-date with what is going on in NNIMIPA: Nordic Network for the Integration of Music Information, Performance and Aesthetics.
April 26, 2011: Back from Spring Break. Please see below for the 10th concert in our Lunchtime Concert Series in Cafeteria 4 at SDU since the series made its debut on April 29, 2010, This will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011 with Jan Beck Eriksson as the featured pianist, who will also give a seminar after the concert. Please see below for details.
For information as to the participation of the research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound in Forskningens Døgn, the Danish Day of Research, April 28-30, 2011, please see below.
April 15, 2011: Many thanks to all who made the celebration of Music Day/Musikkens Dag at SDU yesterday such a pleasure! Both the Lunchtime Concert and the seminar "Music, Logic and Language" were successes (please see www.soundmusicresearch.org). Next week will be Spring Break (April 19-25) here in Denmark.
Much will be happening during the week after, when we return. April 28 will mark the 10th concert in our Lunchtime Concert Series in Cafeteria 4 at SDU since the series made its debut on April 29, 2010. As our guest artist on April 28. 2011 we welcome Jan Beck Eriksson, who will be offering A Musical Buffet at the Piano: Featuring Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Sinding, Grieg and Gershwin from 12 noon to 1.p.m. Jan will also be giving the last seminar for the spring in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound, entitled "The Cultural, Aesthetic and Historical Significance of the Piano" April 28, 2:15-4:00 p.m. in U70. This seminar is co-organized with NTSMB: Netværk for Tværvidenskabelige Studier af Musik og Betydning/ Network for Cross-Disciplinary Studies of Music and Meaning: www.ntsmb.dk.
Please see www.soundmusicresearch.org for more details regarding both the concert and the seminar. Downloadable poster/program for the seminar in pdf-format here.
. . . and the Danish Festival of Research (Forskningens Døgn http://www.forskningensdoegn.dk/) takes place April 28-30, 2011. Both yours truly and Søren R. Frimodt-Møller will be representing the IFPR-SDU research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound at venues around Denmark during the days of the festival. Please see the calendar onhttp://soundmusicresearch.org/Events.html for details.
April 12, 2011: Soon it will be Music Day (Musikkens Dag, http://musikkensdag.dk) on April 14, and, of course, we're celebrating! I look forward to seeing all who can come to the the following two events at SDU in Odense, Thursday, April 14:
Lunchtime Concert with pianist Janus Araghipour and friends, Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Cafeteria 4, SDU, Odense 12 noon-1 p.m. For program and poster please see HERE. . . . and. the seminar which is part of the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound and is entitled ”Music, Logic and Language" will take place after the lunchtime concert on April 14, 14:15-16:00 in U70. Theseminar will feature (via Skype from Texas) Daniel Bonevac, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and author of The Art and Science of Logic, the text used for the first-year course Theory of Argumentation in the Philosophy Dept. at SDU. Please see HERE for more information about the seminar.
All are welcome!
Last week my colleague William Westney from Texas Tech University (www.williamwestney.com) and I were notified that our paper, "'You Make It Look So Easy': Negotiating Utility and Beauty in the Practice Room," has been accepted for presentation at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics which will take place in October 2011 in Tampa, Florida. We look forward to presenting it. Meanwhile, "Narrative and Music: A Flexible Partnership on the Performing Stage and in the Rehearsal Studio," the keynote address I recently delivered at the The 2nd Conference of the ENN: The European Narratology Network at The University of Southern Denmark at Kolding (see below), and to which both William Westney and I contributed, will soon be appearing online as part of the ENN's digital conference proceedings.
Also last week: on Tuesday, April 5, was the kick-off of a four-lecture series sponsored by Folkeuniversitet i Odense and entitled Kunst, Filosofi og Populærkultur (Art, Philosophy and Popular Culture) - see here. I was the first speaker in the series, and enjoyed giving a presentation about diagetic and non-diagetic uses of music in television and film, a favorite topic of mine.
. . .and something which should have been mentioned back in February (so much has been going on!) was the launch of JMM9, the ninth issue of The Journal of Music and Meaning www.musicandmeaning.net on February 12, 2011. This issue showcases a new, updated website format.
I hope to see as many as possible at the following two events at SDU in Odense tomorrow, Thursday, March 17:
Lunchtime Concert with Nordphone Sax Quartet, Thursday, March 17, 2011, 2011 in Cafeteria 4, SDU, Odense 12 noon-1 p.m. For program and poster please see HERE.
. . . and. in the afternoon there will be a seminar in series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound entitled ”Soul from Plato to Motown." The seminar will take place after the lunchtime concert on March 17 14:15-16:00 in U70. The seminar will feature philosopher Joel Rudinow - with us via Skype from California - who will talk about his new book Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown (2010, The University of Michigan Press) Please see HERE for more information about the seminar.
All are welcome!
Last week on March 10 and 11 was the The 2nd Conference of the ENN: The European Narratology Network at The University of Southern Denmark at Kolding. The theme was "Working with Stories: Narrative as a Meeting Place for Theory, Analysis and Practice." I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote presentation entitled: "Narrative and Music: A Flexible Partnership on the Performing Stage and in the Rehearsal Studio," prepared in cooperation with William Westney and reporting on our ongoing practice-based research. See HERE for more on the conference.
February 15, 2011:
Book a researcher from The Aesthetics of Music and Sound (www.soundmusicresearch.org) as a speaker at your event during the Danish Festival of Research (Forskningens Døgn) April 28-30, 2011. For Søren R. Frimodt Møller, see HERE. For Cynthia M. Grund, see HERE. Booking is open February 15, 2011-April 1, 2011.
February 11, 2011:
Yesterday was the first Lunchtime Concert at SDU for the spring semester of 2011.
Lunchtime Concert with pianist Gustav Krogh Hansen Piekut, Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Cafeteria 4, SDU, Odense 12 noon-1 p.m. For program and poster please see HERE, also for information about upcoming Lunchtime Concerts during the spring.
It was followed by the seminar which kicked off the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the sp ring of 2011 and which was entitled ”Aspects of the Philosophy of Musical Performance” 14:15-16:00 in U70. The seminar featured a panel discussion with Gustav Piekut, William Westney (HCA Academy Guest Professorial Fellow SDU 2009-10, pianist – via Skype from Texas); Søren R. Frimodt-Møller (PhD Philosophy SDU 2010) and Cynthia M. Grund. Please see HERE for more information about the seminar and about upcoming seminars during the spring All are welcome!
January 21, 2011: Here's hoping that all who visit this site have had a pleasant holiday season and a good beginning of the new year. It's now time to direct our gaze towards the spring semester of 2011, which begins on February 1 here in Denmark. Updates to www.soundmusicresearch.org and www.nnimipa.org are in progress, and you are very welcome to stop by for a visit!
For archived posts from 2010, please see here.
Websites & Webpages:
Selective CV (including contact information and selected publications)»
The Aesthetics of Music and Sound -
Cross-Disciplinary Interplay Between the Humanities, Technology and Musical Practice»
Nordic Network for the Integration
of Music Informatics, Performance and Aesthetics»
JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning»
NTSMB: The Cross-Disciplinary Network for Studies of Music and Meaning»
The Philosophy Meets Popular
Wikipedia article (in Danish)»
- Episode in the documentary television program series about the Lunchtime Concert Series at SDU, University of Southern Denmark at Odense. The nearly half-hour long (23:46) episode features concert clips from the February 10, 2011 Lunchtime Concert at SDU as well as interviews in which Gustav Krogh Hansen Piekut, Assoc. Prof. Cynthia M. Grund and Søren R. Frimodt-Møller, PhD participate. Aabenraa, ALT: Aabenraa Lokal TV. Grund, C.M. and Daniel Tosovic, producers» http://vimeo.com/channels/musikmedalt.
TV-documentary "Musik for folket!" (in Danish) on SDU's lunchtime concert series airs November 22-29, 2010 on ALTV and is permanently available from November 22, 2010 at »
"Music and Meaning: Duets and Dialogues. TV broadcast (in English after a short voiceover in Danish)»
Guided tour of Percipitopia and interview in the person of avatar Gunhild Soderstrom»