A music conference at the University of Chester will delve into the work of one of Australia’s edgiest and most interesting musical exports – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Organised by MA student Luz Alegre, the Close to the Edge conference will explore the gulf between contemporary art music and mainstream popular music in a bid to bridge what many academics deem to be a chasm between the two.
The conference, at the Univeristy’s Kingsway campus, will open with The Distance Between Contemporary Music and Pop Music Might Be Less Than You Think When it Comes to Organising Sounds , a keynote speech by composer Dr Leigh Landy, Director of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University.
Composer Dr Dale Perkins, from Leeds College of Music, will analyse different compositional techniques while Dr Robert Wilsmore, from York St John University, will present The Ancient Art of Remixing: Intertextuality and the Use of Existing Music in New Work from 12th Century Organum to Modern Pop.
Professor David Pattie, Reader of Performing Arts at the University of Chester, will then explore the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, establishing a connection between the concepts of melody and noise in popular music.
The conference closes with a concert including pieces composed by Prof Darren Sproston, Head of Performing Arts at the University of Chester, Dr Landy, Dr Dale Perkins and Dr Robert Wilsmore.
Luz explained: “Since the second half of the 20 th -century, there has been an increasing chasm between ‘art’ music and popular music. The conference will seek to explore and establish bridges of comparison between contemporary music.”
Originally from Madrid, Luz is currently studying Creative and Cultural Management at the University of Chester, focussing her work on different cultural organisations and this conference forms the final part of her degree.
The 26-year-old bassoonist’s career started at the age of eight and in 2003 she began to study with Prof Guillermo Salcedo at Spain’s Salamanca Conservatory.
She has performed with the Madrid Youth Orchestra, Presjovem, Osmum, Pablo Sarasate, Orquesta Sinfónica Superior del Conservatorio Superior de música de Salamanca, Orquesta Sinfónica de Burgos and Orquesta de Camara Sotomesa.
While studying at Birmingham Conservatoire she performed the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra and took part in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra scheme where she was invited to play in a chamber concert with CBSO players.
Close to the Edge takes place between 9am and 5pm on Friday, May 14 at the University’s Kingsway buildings.
Tickets are priced £20, or £10 concessions, and refreshments are included.
For more information contact Luz Torres on 07772 944492 or email email@example.com