To celebrate the work of composer Michael Finnissy in his 70th birthday year, The Music Department of City, University of London presents a two-day conference devoted to the composer’s work held on 19 and 20 January 2017. Alongside lectures and performances, the two-day event will feature Ian Pace performing Michael Finnissy’s five-and-a-half hour magnum opus, The History of Photography in Sound (1995-2002). This will be the first complete performance in London for over 15 years as well as the culmination of Ian Pace’s eleven-concert series of Finnissy’s complete piano works.
Two further concerts will feature Finnissy’s complete works for two pianos or four hands, played by the composer, Ian Pace, and City Alumnus Ben Smith, and a diverse cross-section of Finnissy’s oeuvre, performed by Nancy Ruffer (bass flute), Christopher Redgate (oboe), the composer and City University Experimental Ensemble, among others.
Papers will consider Finnissy’s work in the context of issues of marginality, sexuality, cinema, folklore, other composers, and performance. Keynote speakers will be Roddy Hawkins (University of Manchester), Gregory Woods (Nottingham Trent University, author of Homintern) and Ian Pace (City, University of London). The composer will be present for the whole event, and will perform and be interviewed by Christopher Fox (Brunel University) on his work and the History in particular.
The composer and artist (and one-time student of Finnissy) Patrícia Suçena de Almeida has created a special photographic exhibit to accompany the event, inspired by The History of Photography in Sound. This will be shown continuously on screens in the building.
Registration fee is £42 for the whole event, £25 for each day separately, and lower prices for those just attending the concerts (£5 – £20). Bookings can be made via the EventBrite form via this link.
Michael Finnissy’s work available through Composers Edition can be viewed on this link.