THE SPACE BETWEEN: A CALL FOR POSTERS AND PERFORMANCES
Although traditional music curricula offer ample training in music performance, research skills receive comparatively little coverage. Yet the changing nature of musical careers makes the ability to explore artistically inspired questions crucial for future success. This event will advance ongoing efforts towards building a nationwide network of percussionists by bringing together perspectives from both research creation (i.e., new works for percussion, different approaches to performance) and percussion-focused research (i.e., examining percussionists’ eye movements, analyzing percussion acoustics). Exploring the “space between” these typically siloed efforts will make new connections and begin to benefit from a wider range of perspectives and expertise.
The in-person conference will take place at McMaster University (ON) on April 29–30, 2022, and will feature lecture/demonstrations, performances, and research posters. Guest presenters include: Mark Adam, Associate professor, Acting director of Acadia University's School of Music, NS; Nadia Azar, Associate Professor of biomechanics and ergonomics at the University of Windsor, ON. Founder and director of the DRUMMER (Drummer Mechanics & Ergonomics Research) Lab; Darrell Bueckert, Principal Timpanist with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Instructor for the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan, SK; Mark Duggan, Freelance performer and composer, ON; Fabrice Marandola, Associate Professor of Percussion and Contemporary Music, Schulich School of McGill University, Director of CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in music, Media and Technology), QC; Ben Reimer, Percussion and contemporary drum set specialist, Percussion instructor at University of Manitoba, MB; Gina Ryan, Professor of Percussion and Music Education at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), QC; Michael Schutz, Associate Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion at McMaster University in Canada, Director of the MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception, and LEarning) Lab.
CALL FOR POSTERS AND PERFORMANCES
This event is inviting applications for posters and performances that exploring “the space between” artistic creation and research involving percussion, broadly defined. All creative endeavors related to percussion will be considered, with priority given to those offering insight of relevance to percussion performance and pedagogy. The following topic areas offer examples of some potential topics: percussion and technology (performance and research); instrument acoustics and the creation of new instruments; health, well-being, and injury prevention; using gestures and movements to enhance performance; identity and mental health for percussion students.
Abstracts should include a title as well as name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s). The total abstract length should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted through the official submission portal.
Applications for performance should articulate their link with a research topic, and parallel submissions of posters on that topic are encouraged (but not required). Proposed performances should not exceed 15 minutes, including a brief oral introduction of the performance and their link to research. You will be asked to provide a detailed description of the work to be performed, including the instrumentation, as well as audio/video examples.
Deadlines and Additional Information
The submission deadline for abstracts (posters and performances) is February 1, 2022. On March 1st, 2022, notifications sent to applicants, and on March 15, 2022, the registration portal opens. The early registration deadline is April 1, 2022.
For more information, please feel free to contact Michael Schutz (email@example.com) and/or Fabrice Marandola (firstname.lastname@example.org). Visit the MAPLE Lab at maplelab.net/the-space-between for updates and information.