Forces in Music - Music Masterclasses 2019

An opportunity to hear from and listen to some of the most experienced local and international music practitioners and thinkers.

In many cases the masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances from members of the UNSW student cohort.
At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion.

The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact: Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence,

The Forces in Music masterclasses will take place on Fridays from 3 to 5pm in the Robert Webster Building, Studio 334

Week 1 - Friday 22 February 2019

From sound, to energy, to music: a deeper ecology

If John Cage argued that all sound can be music, and if sound is but one form of energy among others, then what of energies and music

Douglas Kahn (UNSW Art & Design), with performance by Peter Blame

Interviewer: Dr Alister Spence, Lecturer at UNSW, School of Arts & Media, improviser and composer.

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Week 5 - Friday 22 March 2019

Elena Kats-Chernin (composer)

Composing in the 21st century: a conversation with Elena Kats-Chernin

A lecture demonstration, conversation, and masterclass by/with one of Australia’s leading composers. Interviewed by John Peterson. Including performances of compositions by UNSW music students.

Interviewer: Dr John Peterson, Senior Lecturer at UNSW, School of Arts & Media, composer.

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Week 10 - Friday 26 April 2019

Lisa Moore (New York based Australian pianist)

‘She’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas’ (Pitchfork Magazine)

A performance, conversation, and masterclass by/with acclaimed Australian piano player Lisa Moore.

Interviewed by Sonya Lifschitz. Including performances by UNSW music students.

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