Sounding the North Talks-SAT Something Different

Sounding the North Talks-SAT

  • Date

    Saturday 28 October 2017

  • venue


  • time

    Various talks starting from 10 am-5.30pm

  • age

    Adults, Teens

  • price

    £10 each day, Ticket allows access to all talks per day (Full Weekend pass available via box office)

  • genre

    Something Different

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.



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?

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