Swiss-born Jan Schacher is an artist-researcher, instrumentalist, composer and digital artist who, among other things, studies how a musician’s body functions as a resonator and focal site for sound and presence. Schacher is interested in the spaces, structures, and processes of sound experience. In addition to practicing art, he has worked as a researcher at the University of the Arts Zurich and led research projects that address, among other things, musical gesture, immersive media, environmental and surround sound from an art and research perspective.
In 2014 Argentinean pianist and researcher specialized in tango music, Bárbara Varassi Pega, obtained her PhD degree on the thesis titled 'Creating and Re-creating Tangos: Artistic processes and innovations in Music by Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann'. The Art of Tango is the re-work of her dissertation, published at Routledge.
Marco Fusi's new album "Giacinto Scelsi - works for violin and for viola", published by KAIROS, presents listeners with the results of a newly elaborated performance practice of these works, based on archival research, in-depth audio analysis, computer-generated animated scores and extensive exploration of instrumental improvisatory techniques. The liner notes accompanying the album offer detailed insights into the research process leading up to the recording.
This publication is the result of Marco Fusi's PhD research at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen and the UAntwerpen (docARTES programme), with the support of KCA's research cluster CREATIE and Orpheus Instituut.
We welcome four new doctoral students who will start the docARTES programme. They were selected out of 51 applicants.
The organising committee of the Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2020 decided to postpone the conference until autumn 2020 due to the ongoing global public health crisis.
Upon discussing the most equitable path forward in this largely unprecedented scenario, the committee has decided upon the following course of action. New dates will be announced as soon as possible, after which we will re-open the call to additional proposals through late June. All current proposals will be automatically rolled over into the new pool to be reviewed over the summer alongside any new proposals. Everyone involved has been contacted personally. Any applicants from the first round who are unable to participate on the new dates should contact us to withdraw their proposals. We will then announce our decisions on final presenters at the end of the summer.
The annual Orpheus Doctoral Conference, organised by the second year docARTES PhD students, will take place on 28 and 29 May 2020. The call for proposals is now open. Proposals for presentations of any kind are welcomed: from scholarly papers to performances.
The Orpheus Institute has launched its first MOOC on Artistic Research in Music. A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a free online course available for anyone to enroll. The first MOOC on Artistic Research in Music offers an introduction to the most relevant research tools, techniques and methodologies as well as the key concepts of artistic research in music. The course is available on edX, which is the leading platform for online learning and education.
Music, Humans, and Machines
We invite to send proposals that critically explore the relationship between musicians and their musical instruments, tools, and utensils by multiple perspectives, covering an extended range of artistic experiences, from historically informed performance to contemporary and electroacoustic music creation.
docARTES graduate Nicoleta Paraschivescu (Leiden University, 2015) recently released a new CD which is the artistic outcome of her research on Paisiello's Partimenti. The recording is meant to be the musical complement to the book Paisiellos Partimenti: Wege zu einem praxisbezogenen Verständnis (SCBS 6) soon to be published by Schwabe Verlag in Basel.
We welcome 11 new doctoral students who will start the docARTES programme. They were selected out of 42 applicants. The group is again very international with nine different nationalities. The topics are ranging from interpretation and composition over phrasing to the cello in late-nineteenth-century France.