Natural Living & Education Center in Asheville NC

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Ecomusics & Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues

Date(s) - 10/02/2014 - 10/06/2014
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This event is sponsored in part by OM Sanctuary.

2-6 October 2014

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Dialogues—verbal, musical and ecological—are the keys to our interconnected world, offering up new meanings while infusing life with reciprocity. In the spirit of dialogue, Ecomusics and Ecomusicologies 2014 invites scholars, musicians and activists to trade ideas and disciplinary perspectives on the campus of UNC Asheville, at the heart of a musically and politically vibrant, environmentally conscious community. Asheville’s unique natural beauty and rich history makes it an ideal gathering spot for this conference: it is where Béla Bartók composed the sounds of local birds in his Piano Concerto No. 3, where John Cage conducted happenings, where sonic engineer Bob Moog pioneered new technologies, and where Buckminster Fuller created his geodesic dome. The multi-day event will include panel discussions, concerts, soundwalks, workshops, and outings.

Six internationally renowned keynote speakers, representing a range of interests and expertise, will convene panels responding to musical collaboration, improvisation, green industry practices, acoustic ecology, ecopoetics, soundscapes, sustainability, contemporary composition, musical activism and other fields. Exciting concerts, sound installations, and alternative format performances both on- and off-campus will round out the program. These include an appearance by seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter; a performance of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams’s “outdoor” composition Inuksuit; the Chicago-based Fry Street String Quartet’s multimedia Crossroads Project; a workshop led by Moog associate Dr. Wayne Kirby and Grammy® winning performer Roy “Futureman” Wooten; an installation by Greensboro’s Invisible; a performance by New York’s electronic duo The Mast; and a screening of the critically acclaimed film Musicwood.

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Three Keynote panels

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Keynote Panel 1

Titon-portraitBarclay-portraitLeah Barclay and Jeff Todd Titon

“Sound-Centered Being, Knowing, and Acting to
Empower Communities”

When: Friday, October 3rd, 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Lipinsky Auditorium

Keynote Panel 2

RothenbergPedelty-portaitMark Pedelty and David Rothenberg

“Making Music with, for and at Animals”

When: Saturday, October 4th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Lipinsky Auditorium

Keynote Panel 3

Paine-portraitCecchetto-portraitDavid Cecchetto and Garth Paine

“Ecology and Aural Technoculture”

When: Sunday, October 5th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Humanities Lecture Hall


Ticketed Events

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Fry Street Quartet with Dr. Robert Davies

t_River_with_Rob_034-Edit21_1Crossroads Project: Rising Tide

When: Thursday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm
Where: Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville



Paul Winter

paul_winter“In Celebration of the Earth”

When: Friday, October 3rd, 8:00 pm
Where: Isis Restaurant and Music Hall



Ecomusics Showcase 1

7eccd4994cd072e58dc3f7f5599089e5When: Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 pm
Where: The Mothlight, West Asheville




Ecomusics Showcase 2

The-MastUNCA Ecomusic Ensemble and UNCA Percussion Ensemble
The Mast – Electronica Meets Ecomusic

When: Sunday, October 5th, 7:30pm
Where: Isis Restaurant and Music Hall