SOUND FESTIVAL 2017 ‐Sounding the North Talks, 27‐29 October
Venue: all talks takes place in the MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen
A weekend of discussion and performance featuring artists and composers from Canada, Iceland,
Scandinavia and Scotland. Presented by sound in association with the University of Aberdeen.
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER
10‐11am: The Day After with music journalist Kate Molleson
Reflections and discussion on the previous day’s talks and performances.
11.15am‐12noon: Geoff Palmer (Composer, Scotland) & Alasdair Nicolson (Composer & Artistic
Director, St Magnus International Festival, Scotland)
Geoff and Alasdair discuss inspiration from the landscapes and culture of the north prior to their
works being performed by the Edinburgh Quartet at 1pm.
2‐2.45pm: Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson (Composer, Iceland)
Extreme variety due to lack of history? Is there a unifying factor in Icelandic contemporary music? Is
“inspired by nature”a trademark created by music publishers?
2.45‐3.30pm: Gunnar Karel Másson (Composer & Artistic Director, Dark Music Days Festival,
Minimising gesture; the stark soundscape of contemporary art music in the Nordic countries.
4‐4.30pm: Cole Bendall (University of Edinburgh)
Sounding North ‐A cosmopolitanism consideration of Veljo Tormis (Estonia).
4.30‐5pm: Tom Michie (University of Aberdeen)
The Stillness Speaks: Manifestations of Finnish Nature in the Shadow of Sibelius.
5‐5.30pm: Dr Rose Dodd (Composer/writer/reviewer, NW England)
Composing under northern skies, within living traditions. Northern European contemporary
composition; is the blank sheet of paper different under a northern sky than in, for example, Berlin?