the Late Electroacoustic Music of Luigi Nono
Technologies, Aesthetics, Histories, Futures

International Conference/Workshop/Concerts
March 23-26, 2016
Tufts University, Medford, MA

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About the conference
Utopian Listening will bring together scholars, sound engineers, composers, and musicians to engage with the practical and aesthetic challenges of performing Luigi Nono's works with live electronics, considered within their historical and political contexts as well as their contemporary ramifications and potentialities. This interdisciplinary conference/workshop is open to participants with long involvement with this remarkable body of works as well as those coming to Nono’s music for the first time. The format will combine roundtables, paper sessions, four concerts, and workshops for technicians, musicians, and scholars focusing on the specific issues raised by the works to be performed in the concerts.

The conference takes place March 23-26, 2016 on the Tufts University campus.

All performances made possible with the friendly support of

The Italian composer Luigi Nono (1924-90) was one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Active at Darmstadt in the 1950s, Nono took part in the debates among the young composers including Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, Bruno Maderna. Nono's personal musical voice combined rigor and improvisation in a sound world of great subtlety and beauty. His music was informed by his wide-ranging interests in philosophy, art, and literature as well as by his deeply held left-wing political beliefs. He married Nuria Schoenberg, a daughter of Arnold Schoenberg and Gertrude Kolisch Schoenberg, in 1955. Nuria Schoenberg Nono, currently the director of the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono in Venice, will be a guest of honor at the conference.

Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono






We have put together a list of suggested accommodations that are located near both
the Tufts University and Harvard University campuses. 

The Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge
is most centrally positioned, but would require any guest to come with a car.

The Medford Hyatt is the closest to Tufts University
and provides a shuttle service. The location of the hotel is away from public transportation,
and is in a less lively part of the city.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge-Arlington
is located near the Tufts University campus, and would require any guest to come with a car.

Morrison Bed and Breakfast
is a fifteen-minute walk from the Tufts University campus, and allows for a more home away from home feel.





Two parking lots at Tufts University are designated areas for conference attendees:

Jackson Lot (http://artgallery.tufts.edu/plan/directionsparking.htm)
Behind the Aidekman Arts Center, close to the Art Gallery

Cohen Lot (http://as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter/visit/directions.htm)
Next to the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center


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