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Creative Dissonances and the Illusion of Consonance

Press Release No. 1/2009
23 06 2009
Four public lectures by Sandeep Bhagwati on intercultural composition
As of 24 June 2009 the renowned composer Sandeep Bhagwati will be giving four public lectures on aspects of intercultural composition and also offering a workshop on the subject. At present he is living and working in Heidelberg as composer in residence at the invitation of Heidelberg University’s “Asia and Europe” research cluster.

Trans-, inter-, cross-, multi- + -cultural and –traditional. Sandeep Bhagwati’s research on intercultural composition (he prefers to call it “intertraditional”) revolves around a multiplicity of interconnected phenomena. Born in India and bred in Germany, he has an acute awareness of the acoustic disparities that exist in different life-worlds, for example the noisy, dynamic co-existence of a whole plethora of human, technical and natural sounds in India over and against the muted sound world and taciturn rural population encountered in provincial areas of Germany. This awareness, and the attendant desire to play off disparate intercultural sounds against one another, is a characteristic feature of his compositions.

But during his sojourn as composer in residence in Heidelberg at the invitation of the “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” cluster, his pre-eminent concern will be with more theoretical issues. “During my stay it is my intention to map out some conceptual approaches to an aesthetic theory of intercultural composition,” he says. In this endeavour he is working closely with the scholars involved in the B2 part-project of the cluster entitled “Creative Dissonances: Music in the Global Context”.

In four public lectures and a two-day workshop Sandeep Bhagwati will be analysing aesthetic, societal, cultural and practical limitations, preconditions and ideologies that have a bearing on intercultural composition both past and present. The lectures are in English.

24 June 2009, 5.15-6.45 p.m.
Trans-, Inter-, Multi- + -Cultural, -Traditional Illusions
Terms and Techniques of Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition

25 June 2009, 6.30-8 p.m.
Gentrification, Authenticity, Creative Mis-Listenings
Perils and Chances of Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition

2 July 2009, 6.30-8 p.m.
Contingency, Profundity, and the Manipulation of Desire
Depth and Deception in Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition

8 July 2009, 6.15-7.45 p.m.
Errance, Mouvance, and the Poetics of Relation in the Totality-World
The Future of Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition

Venue: Karl Jaspers Zentrum, Voßstr. 2, Building 4400, Room 212

Sandeep Bhagwati
The versatile artist and scholar Sandeep Bhagwati was born in Bombay, India in 1963. He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. He has received a number of distinctions for his work, including the European Composition Prize awarded by the Berlin Academy of Arts. He has been guest composer at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, the Institute of Electronic Music in Graz, the Californian Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He was professor of composition and multi-media at the University of Music in Karlsruhe and since 2006 has held the Chair for Inter-X Arts at the Concordia University in Montreal, where he is in charge of Matralab, a research centre for intercultural and interdisciplinary art. Alongside his work as a composer he investigates and devises new, multi-medial forms of music and theatre. In various theoretical publications he has engaged with topical issues in aesthetics, art production and globalisation, with special reference to the musical cultures of Asia.

More information can be found in the programme brochure and on the website of the Cluster.

Iris Mucha
Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”
Heidelberg University
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