2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium
Narratives of Memory: Musical Innovation and Intercultural Dialogue

Victoria, BC Canada
August 18-25, 2017

This year the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium will happen in conjunction with the course Narratives of Memory in Hungary, Germany, France and Canada.

Narratives of Memory is a travelling field school from July 16 – August 25, 2017. The course explores the formation of European Memory in historical sites in France, Germany, Hungary and Canada. The course examines cultural memory and narrative in Europe and Canada, inviting international students of music to explore the creation and performance of new music in contemporary political and social contexts.

The project presents newly commissioned works from composition mentors Zaid Jabri (Syria), Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary) and Dániel Péter Biró (Canada) composed for three historical sites: Camp des Milles, Aix-en-Provence, France, the Ravensbrück Memorial Site, Ravensbrück Germany and the Budapest Keleti Train Station, Budapest Hungary. Site-specific music compositions created by the composition mentors and music students will then be presented in Canada at the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg and at the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium in Victoria, BC. By recognizing the impact of pre-European Union memories on the present, the field school serves to help strengthen a larger sense of contemporary culture in Europe and Canada in a time of upheaval, thereby allowing new music to engage international students and new audiences, placing contemporary music within the context of the pressing social issues of our time. The new compositions were first performed in the European sites of memory by violist Ralf Ehlers (England, Arditti Quartet), soprano Márta Murányi (Hungary), and pianist Ermis Theodorakis (Germany). These compositions will be performed at the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium in Victoria, BC, Canada by Joanna Hood (Canada), Jessica Wagner, (Canada) and Ermis Theodorakis (Germany). This project has received funding from the Jean Monnet Projects of the European Commission, the Social Science and Research Council of Canada and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

Integrating musical, historical and social-science research, the course focuses on how narratives of the past inform the present context of migration and xenophobia, in particular the Syrian refugee crisis. Researchers will examine how the current crisis requires a response from artists. Social scientists will contextualize the artistic endeavors, as they discuss how each of four countries under study is responding through its own conception of multiculturalism and refugee settlement policies. Narratives of the past come in many forms: oral testimony, literary texts, artistic creations, memorials and musical compositions. Through interactions with guest composers, musicians and scholars, international students and audience members will come into contact with many types of narratives at each of the sites. These will allow for a larger contextualization of the musical performances and how they respond to the historical and contemporary realities of the selected locations.The final concerts will occur during the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium at the University of Victoria and at Open Space, an artist-run centre in Victoria, BC.

More about the field school in Hungary, Germany, France and Canada can be read here.

The 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium will be at the University of Victoria School of Music and Open Space in Victoria, BC, Canada from August 18 -25, 2017. The 2017 Festival’s host ensemble the Tsilumos Ensemble (Victoria, BC) is pleased to collaborate with the internationally acclaimed composers and interpreters of contemporary music.

During the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium new works by Zaid Jabri (Syria), Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary), Dániel Péter Biró (Canada), Örjan Sandred (Canada), Philippe Leroux (Canada), Detlef Heusinger (Germany), Ajtony Csaba (Canada), Max Murray (Canada), Rebecca Saunders (UK), and many other composers will be performed by the Tsilumos Ensemble (Canada),  Liam Hockley (Canada), the Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Québec), pianist Ermis Theodorakis (Germany), the Experimentalstudio (Germany) and David Shively (Canada).

Students of composition, contemporary music interpretation, music technology, conducting and musicology have been invited to apply to the symposium. In addition to the concerts, workshops, masterclasses, private lessons and lectures will be provided by the invited artists. Students accepted to the symposium will be able to receive lessons in composition and music technology with Zaid Jabri (Syria), Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary), Dániel Péter Biró (Canada), Kirk McNally, Canada, Örjan Sandred (Canada), Detlef Heusinger (Germany), members of the Experimentalstudio (Germany), conducting with Ajtony Csaba (Canada), Detlef Heusinger (Germany), contemporary music performance practice with members of the Tsilumos Ensemble (Canada), clarinetist  Liam Hockley (Canada), the Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Québec), pianist Ermis Theodorakis (Germany), and David Shively (Canada). In addition, students will be able to attend the Narratives of Memory Symposium on August 24-25, 2017 at the University of Victoria.

The 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium has received generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, SOCAN, the Jean Monnet Projects of the European Commission, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the University of Victoria Office of Research Services, the University of Victoria Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the University of Victoria Office of the the Dean of Fine Arts, the University of Victoria School of Music and the University of Victoria Alumni Association.We are grateful for this generous support.

The application to the 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium is available here:

SALT New Music Festival and Symposium Application Form.

Application Deadline: July 19, 2017.

SALT New Music Festival and Symposium Schedule of Events 

FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 2017

4:00PM: Opening of Festival – Arrival of Participants and Welcoming Reception, University of Victoria, School of Music Lobby, MacLaurin Building

8:00PM: Concert 1 at Open Space, 510 Fort St. (Downtown Victoria)
Tsilumos Ensemble with Guests, David Shively and Michael Dias
EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO, Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, Robert Pond, Electronics

Clair / Obscur Jean-Marc Bouchard
Version for six improvisers

Ice Fog Örjan Sandred
For alto saxophone, piano, and live electronics

Refractions IV Örjan Sandred
for alto saxophone and piano

Gossamaer** Ajtony Csaba
for Ensemble

Kilkul (Breakdown) Dániel Péter Biró
for alto saxophone

Intermission

Cracks and Corrosion II Örjan Sandred
for guitar and electronics

Four Crossroads, Version II*  Detlef Heusinger
For ensemble and live-electronics

** World premiere
* Commissioned by the Tsilumos Ensemble/SALT New Music Festival and Symposium

SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2017

10:00AM -12PM: Masterclass with Detlef Heusinger (Germany) and Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary), University of Victoria, Library, Music Seminar Room (051)

12:00PM: Lunch

1:30 PM: Pre-concert talk with Max Murray, Kimberley Manerikar and Dániel Péter Biró

2:00PM: Concert 2 at Open Space, 510 Fort St.
Liam Hockley, Clarinet
Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, Robert Pond, Electronics 

Narratives Ray Evanoff
for solo E-flat clarinet

twine* Kimberley Manerikar
for solo B-flat clarinet

Um allein zu kämpfen Wolf Edwards
for amplified solo bass clarinet

Intermission
thicket ii Stefan Maier
for prepared clarinet and electronics

Ad Marginem des Versuchs Max Murray
for bass clarinet and fixed media

UVERSA for basset horn and electronic music** Karlheinz Stockhausen

*World Premiere, 2017 SALT New Music Festival and Symposium Commission
**First Canadian performance

5:45PM- 8:00PM – Dinner and explore Downtown Victoria

8:00PM: Concert 3 at Open Space, 510 Fort St.
David Shively, Percussion
Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, Electronics

Resonance Alloy* Keeril Makan

North Star Boogaloo George Lewis 

Intermission

Cradle Song* Andrew Byrne

Koan: Having never written a note for percussion
in memoriam Ana-Maria Avram, 9/12/61-8/1/17 James Tenney

*Canadian Premieres

SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2017

10:00PM – 12:00PM: Conducting Masterclass with Ajtony Csaba (Canada), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin BO37

12:00PM: Lunch

1:00PM-5:45PM: Masterclass: Zaid Jabri (Syria) and Örjan Sandred (Canada), University of Victoria, Library, Music Seminar Room (051)

5:45PM: Explore Downtown and Dinner

8:00 PM: Concert 4 – Open Space, 510 Fort St.
Ermis Theodorakis, Piano
EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO, Electronics

Le rêve d’ange nouveau* Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf

Klavierwerk I* Detlef Heusinger

…sofferte onde serene… Luigi Nono
for piano and electronics

Intermission

Blue Notes – Study No. 2 for piano* Manolis Vlitakis

Sequenza IV Luciano Berry

Mists Iannis Xenakis

* Canadian Premieres

MONDAY AUGUST 21, 2017

10:00AM: Lecture: Detlef Heusinger (Germany), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

11:15AM: Lecture: Adam Scime (Canada), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

12:15PM – 2:00PM: Lunch Break

2:00PM: Lecture: Marie-Chantal Leclair (Canada), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

3:15PM: Lecture: Örjan Sandred (Canada), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

4:30PM: Reading Session, Quasar Quartet, University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin B037

5:30PM: Dinner

7:30: Pre-Concert Talk with Prof. Lincoln Shlensky, University of Victoria, Zaid Jabri, Andrea Szigetvári and Dániel Péter Biró

8:00PM: Concert 5: Open Space, 510 Fort. St.
Narratives of Memory
Pieces Commissioned for Performance at Historical Sites of Memory
Keleti Train Station, Budapest Hungary
Ravensbrück Memorial Site, Ravensbrück, Germany
Site–Mémorial du Camp des Milles, Aix-en-Provence, France

Beef Kohlrabi Cantata** Andrea Szigetvári
electroacoustic cantata for soprano and electronics
Jessica Wagner, soprano
Andrea Szigetvári, Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, electronics

30 Articles** Zaid Jabri

for Viola and Electronics
Johanna Hood, viola
Zaid Jabri, Robert Pond, electronics

Void* Adam Scime

Emily MacCallum, violin
Adam Scime, Robert Pond, Colin Malloy, electronics

Engrenages: for solo violin and electronics* Kimberley Farris-Manning
Emily MacCallum, violin
Kimberley Farris-Manning, Adam Scime, Robert Pond, electronics

Intermission

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat Major, D.960 Franz Schubert
1. Molto moderato

Gvul (Border)** Dániel Péter Biró
For piano and electronics
Ermis Theodorakis, piano
Dániel Péter Biró, Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, Colin Malloy, electronics

* World Premiere
** Canadian Premiere

TUESDAY AUGUST 22, 2017

10:00 AM: Lecture: Zaid Jabri (Syria), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

11:15 AM: Lecture: Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168, Uvic

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 PM– 4:00 PM: Conducting Colloquium, University of Victoria, School of Music, Philip T. Young Recital Hall

Composition Lessons (TBA)

4:00 PM: Break

4:30 PM: Reading Session, Ermis Theodorakis and Matthieu Leclair (Greece), University of Victoria, School of Music, Philip T. Young Recital Hall

5:30 PM: Reading Session, David Shively (Percussion), University of Victoria, School of Music, Philip T. Young Recital Hall

6:30 PM: Dinner and Explore Downtown Victoria

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23, 2017

10:00 AM: Lecture: Dániel Péter Biró (Canada), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

11:15 AM: Lecture about Complex Rhythms: Ermis Theodorakis (Greece); University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin A168

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch Break

1:30 PM– 3:30 PM: Conducting Colloquium, University of Victoria, School of Music, Philip T. Young Recital Hall

Composition Lessons, (TBA)

3:30 PM: Panel on the Sudio: Örjan Sandred, Andrea Szigetvári and Detlef Heusinger. Kirk McNalley, Moderator. MacLaurin A168.

4:30 PM: Reading Session, Tsilumos Ensemble, Liam Hockley (Clarinet), University of Victoria, School of Music, MacLaurin B037

7:00 PM: Festival Reception; Location TBA

THURSDAY AUGUST 24, 2017

9:00AM-12PM: Symposium, Narratives of Memory, Migration, and Xenophobia: Intercultural Dialogues, University of Victoria, MacLaurin A144 

The recent resurgence of nationalist and xenophobic movements in North America and Europe has in part been powered by the deployment of particular narratives of the past, especially narratives about migration, settlement, and belonging. Yet, Europe’s experience in the post-war period shows that narratives of the past can also be used to foster inclusion and new readings of citizenship. Similarly, the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada may also show a way forward through how rethinking past historical narratives can forge a pathway towards a meaningful politics of inclusion.

This conference brings together scholars, students, and artists from Canada and Europe,
to participate in an intercultural dialogue about how narratives of the past – or the politics of memory – can influence current political choices and policy decisions, and how we can talk more effectively about the past – as scholars, teachers, and citizens – in ways to foster more inclusive readings of the present.

This conference is free and open to the public and includes academic presentations, facilitated discussions and artistic performances. The aim of the conference is to use scholarly discussion, pedagogical insight, and musical creation to stimulate public discussion. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and to engage appropriately throughout with input and insight into the central research themes of the conference.

Location: David Strong Building C108, University of Victoria

Thursday, August 24David Strong Building (DSB) C108

9:00 – 9:30 – Arrival/coffee

9:30 – 9:45Welcome

9:45 – 10:15Opening remarks

Dr. Helga Thorson, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVIC
“Present Pasts: Landscapes, Timescapes, and Memory Work.”

10:15– 11:45Session 1: Multiculturalism and Memory Politics: European perspectives

Chair: Dr. Helga K. Hallgrimsdottir, School of Public Administration, UVIC

Presenters:

Dr. Charlotte Schallie, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVIC
“The Challenges of Multiculturalism in Europe.”

Maja Bitterer, Faculty of Social Science, Universitat Osnabrück
“Holocaust Learning (and Human Rights Education) –
Theoretical aspects and examples of realization on campus – and in school.”

Dr. Ildiko Barna, Faculty of Social Science, Eötvös Loránd University
“Memory politics and its long-lasting impact in Hungary.”

11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch break

1:00 -2:30Session 2: Multiculturalism and Memory Politics: Canadian perspectives

Chair: Dr. Charlotte Schallie, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVIC

Presenters:

Moussa Magassa, Office of Equity and Human Rights, UVIC
”Resolving Intercultural conflicts with Immigrants and Refugees in Canada.”

Dr. Sabine Lehr, Manager, Private Sponsorship of Refugees,
Inter-Cultural Association of         Greater Victoria
“What constitutes a ‘good refugee’?
Discourses of legitimacy and illegitimacy in the global refugee crisis.”

Dawn Smith, EdD candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy program, University of British Columbia
“Canadian First Nations: Migration, Residential Schools, and Survival.”

2:30-2:45 – Refreshment break

2:45-4:15 – Session 3: Narrating Memory in Sound: Music Composition as Historical and Contemporary Reflection

Chair:  Dr. Suzanne Snizek, Assistant Professor, School of Music, UVIC

Discussant:

Liam Hockley, UVIC School of Music Alumnus, DMA Candidate, UBC

Presenters:

Dr. Dániel Péter Biró, Department of Music, UVIC

Zaid Jabri, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim

Andrea Szigetvári, Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest Hungary

Concert 6: Phillip T Young Recital Hall, B-Wing, MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria
Quasar Saxophone Quartet with guest Joanna HoodArtist-in-Residence, University of Victoria.
Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, Robert Pond, Colin Malloy, Electronics

7:30 PM – Pre-concert Talk with Dániel Péter Biró and Marie-Chantal Leclair

8:00 PM – Concert

Outer Planes—Predator Drone MQ-1 Wolf Edwards
For saxophone quartet and electronics

La robe du temps David Adamcyk
For saxophone quartet

Saxophonquartett Georg Friedrich Haas
For saxophone quartet

Intermission

De l’imitation Philippe Leroux
For saxophone quartet

Crosswind Georges Aperghis
For viola and saxophone quartet

* Premiere of the acoustic version (2017)

Friday, August 25 David Strong Building (DSB) C108

8:30- 9:00 – Arrival/Coffee

9:00 – 10:00 – Session 4: Reflections from an Intercultural Field School I – Musical Experiences

Students of music describe the process of creating compositions that deal explicitly with the sites of memory visited during the field-school in the summer of 2017.

Chair: Dr. Dániel P. Biró, Department of Music, UVIC

Discussants:
Zaid Jabri, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim
Andrea Szigetvári, Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest Hungary

Presenters:

Kimberley Farris-Manning, undergraduate music student, UVIC
“Engrenages: interrupting a spiral of fear?”
Adam Scime, composer and graduate student, University of Toronto
“Sonic Cathedral: Building a Psuedo-Space with Sound”

Emily MacCullum, undergraduate student, UVIC

“The importance of individual action in moments of crisis”

10:00-10:15 – Refreshment break

10:15 – 11:45 – Session 5: The Politics of Memory: European and Canadian perspectives I

Chair:  Dr. Ildiko Barna

Presenters:

Dr. Helga K. Hallgrimsdottir, School of Public Administration, UVIC
“The politics of memory: xenophobia, economic austerity,
and the European citizen.”

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, School of Public Administration, UVIC
“Borders in the European historical and political imagination.”

Lena Casiez, Camp des Milles Memorial site, Aix Marseille University,
UNESCO Chair Education for Citizenship, Human Sciences and Shared Memories
“From the breeding ground of social tensions to genocide: a resistible spiral”

11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch break

1:00 – 2:15 – Session 6: Reflections from an Intercultural Field School II

Chair: Dr. Helga Thorson, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVIC

Presenters:
Graduate student participants in the intercultural field school
Habib Toure, Emily MacCallum, Orsolya Jenei, Zsofia Kelemen
“Memories: working with difficult memories
for prevention of traumatic events.”
Orsolya Udvari, Paige Thombs, Kim Farris-Manning
“Borders and Body Politics.”
Julia Bozso, Adam Scime, Ethan Calof, Lorraine Dumont
“Xenophobia in the EU and Canada.” 

2:15- 3:15Session 7: The Politics of Memory: European and Canadian perspectives II – Student Research

Chair: Dr. Charlotte Schallie, UVIC

Presenters:
Julia Bozso, graduate student, Hungary
“The Hearing of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers in present day Hungary”
Habib Toure, PhD student, France
“International Law and the Challenges of International Migration”
Tamara Amoroso Gonsalves, PhD student, UVIC
“Remembering to Forget: Echoes from Brazil”
Ethan Calof, graduate student, UVIC
Title: TBA
Orsolya Jenei, graduate student, Hungary
Title: TBA

3:153:30 – Refreshment break

3:30– 4:30 – Session 8: The Politics of Memory: European and Canadian perspectives III – Student Research

Chair: Dr. Charlotte Schallie, UVIC

Presenters:
Lorraine Dumont, graduate student, France
“Interaction of the public with memorial sites”

Zsofia Kelemen, graduate student Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
“Memories of the Holocaust through individual narratives.”

Orsolya Udvari, graduate student, Hungary
“Segregation in the Hungarian education system:
the idea of ‘caring segregation’”

Paige Thombs, graduate student, UVIC
Title: TBA

Friday, August 25: Concert 7: Phillip T Young Recital Hall, B-Wing, MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria
8:00 PM
Narratives of Memory
Pieces Commissioned for Performance at Historical Sites of Memory
Keleti Train Station, Budapest Hungary
Ravensbrück Memorial Site, Ravensbrück, Germany
Site–Mémorial du Camp des Milles, Aix-en-Provence, France

Beef Kohlrabi Cantata** Andrea Szigetvári
electroacoustic cantata for soprano and electronics
Jessica Wagner, soprano
Andrea Szigetvári, Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, electronics

30 Articles** Zaid Jabri
for Viola and Electronics
Johanna Hood, viola
Zaid Jabri, Robert Pond, electronics

Void* Adam Scime
Emily MacCallum, violin
Adam Scime, Robert Pond, Colin Malloy, electronics

Engrenages: for solo violin and electronics* Kimberley Farris-Manning
Emily MacCallum, violin
Kimberley Farris-Manning, Adam Scime, Robert Pond, electronics

Intermission

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat Major, D.960 Franz Schubert
1. Molto moderato

Gvul (Border)** Dániel Péter Biró
For piano and electronics
Ermis Theodorakis, piano
Dániel Péter Biró, Kirk McNally, Jordie Shier, Colin Malloy, electronics

Conference Closing Remarks