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Friday, 16 April 2010, 10:30AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Erik Satie: Part Two - Composers' Forum, Satie in performance and 'The only musician with eyes' Erik Satie and Visual Art

Grace Cheung, Professor Simon Shaw-Miller, Professor Robert Orledge, Howard Skempton, Michael Parsons, James Nye, Paul Archbold

STUDY DAY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL RESEARCH, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON AND KINGSTON UNIVERSITY

In addition to his music, Satie left a remarkable set of writings, including Le Piégede Méduse (1913) featuring music for prepared piano.  Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde.  He was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.

This study day will include material on French cinema, lecture/recitals and a performance.

This part of the study day included the following talks:

Composers' Forum: The Impact of Satie on music today by Howard Skempton, Michael Parsons and James Nye. Chaired by Paul Archbold

Satie in performance by Grace Cheung

Erik Satie and Visual Art by Simon Shaw-Miller

 

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Professor Simon Shaw-Miller is currently Head of the Department of History of Art and Screen Media at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is an Honorary Associate and Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

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Robert Orledge became Professor of Music at Liverpool University in 1991, specialising as a historical musicologist in the way composers composed, and publishing numerous books and articles on Fauré, Debussy, Koechlin and Satie. Since taking early retirement in 2004, he has become a ‘creative musicologist’, concentrating on completing and orchestrating Debussy’s unfinished works. His completion of The Fall of the House of Usher was successfully premiered at the Bregenz Opera Festival in 2006, alongside the Chinese ballet No-ja-li in Los Angeles. His Nocturne pour violon et orchestre was broadcast from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in November 2011 with Isabelle Faust as soloist and Heinz Holliger conducting, and his most recent completion is Le Diable dans le beffroi. His volume of Debussy's orchestrations is due to be published in the Durand Oeuvres completes (V/11) later this year.

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Howard Skempton is a British composer and accordionist. 

Skempton has been working as a music editor, performer (of his own compositions, on piano and accordion) and teacher since 1971. In 1974 he and Michael Parsons formed a duo to perform their own works. Lento, an orchestral work composed in late 1991, became one of Skempton's most recognized and widely known pieces.
Howard Skempton currently teaches composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Recently, Skempton was the winner of the Chamber Scale Composition category at the 2005 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards for his string quartet Tendrils (2004).
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Michael Parsons is an British composer. He was born in Bolton and studied at St John's College, Oxford before taking up composition lessons under Peter Rancine Fricker at the Royal College of Music in London in 1961. Since the early 1960s Parsons has also been active as a writer on music; his writings include a number of important articles on contemporary English composers.

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James Nye is a writer and composer based on the Isle of Wight. He studied music at the University of Surrey, completing dissertations on the music of Thelonious Monk (1987), and Vic Hoyland (1989), and becoming a Master of Music in Analytical Musicology in 1989. 

His work transcribing and analysing the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk was recognised when he became the first recipient of the Peter Whittingham Award.

As a composer and performer, he has been active in many fields. His 1990 composition Always Know was selected by the Society for the Promotion of New Music for workshop performance at Music Nova where he was befriended by John Cage. He co-wrote and performed on a couple of tracks for the Mercury Prize nominated album Sunshine Hit Me by the Bees, and has written music for theatre productions at the National Theatre and Almeida.

As a writer, he has contributed articles to Fortean Times, Gneurosis, the Wire and other magazines and websites.

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Paul Archbold is a composer of works featuring acoustic instruments and live electronics. His compositions have been performed by several of the leading exponents of contemporary music in the United Kingdom including the Kreutzer String Quartet, Gemini and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and have been broadcast in Australia, Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Mexico, Germany and Great Britain. He has held lectureships at the universities of Huddersfield and Durham and was Chairman and Artistic Advisor of the Musicon concert series in Durham. 

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Transcript

16 April 2010

Erik Satie: Part Two - Composers' Forum, Satie in performance and 'The only musician with eyes' Erik Satie and Visual Art
Grace Cheung
Professor Simon Shaw-Miller
Professor Robert Orledge
Howard Skempton
Michael Parsons
James Nye
Paul Archbold

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