8-10 June, 2006
Guelph/Waterloo/Toronto, Canada

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) is a unique figure in contemporary music, not only for the iconoclastic nature of his music but also for the scientific attitude he brought to his work. His training as a civil engineer, his experience as an architect, as well as his immersion in ancient Greek philosophy, have all shaped his approach to developing a new theoretical foundation of music and a style built from a unique set of compositional techniques. His music and thought have proven highly influential, although his work has been studied in detail by only a few. At the same time, some have gone on to develop extensions to his theories and techniques.

The aim of this international symposium is to gather researchers and artists/composers who consider their work to form part of Xenakis’s legacy, either creative or scientific. In addition, joint sessions are planned to bring together researchers from the music field with those in science (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) and mathematics (Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences).

This Symposium is being held in conjunction with soundaXis (1-11 June, 2006), a festival where, among much else, a number of compositions by Iannis Xenakis will be performed at various venues in and around Toronto by the leading new music ensembles of the region. [see for details]

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Organizing Committee:
James Harley, University of Guelph
Michael Duschenes, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Thomas Salisbury, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

Scientific Committee:
Richard Barrett (independent musician/researcher, UK)
Benoît Gibson (Universidade de Évora/Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal)
James Harley (University of Guelph/Computer Music Journal, Canada)
Peter Hoffmann (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
Sharon Kanach (independent musician/researcher, France/USA)
Raymond Laflamme (Institute for Quantum Computing/Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada)
Gérard Pape (CCMIX, France)
Curtis Roads (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
John Rahn (University of Washington/Perspectives of New Music, USA)
Makis Solomos (Université de Montpellier 3/Institut Universitaire de France/Filigrane, France)

James Harley
tel: +1 (519) 824-4120 x52989