VU SYMPOSIUM on Experimental, Improvised and Electronic Music in Park City, Utah

July 5-7, 2016

VU Symposium, Park City, Utah


We put together a symposium!!  THE VU SYMPOSIUM

This is our first annual symposium, graciously hosted by the Park City Library.  We are putting on 15 concerts in the Jim Santy Auditorium, and have performers and composers coming from all over the US, a few countries, but certainly very representative of the western half of the US and the Rocky Mountain region.

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The first annual Vu Symposium on experimental, electronic, and improvised music, will be held in Park City, Utah on July 5-7, 2016.
The theme for our first symposium is quite broad. We invite scholars, performers, ensembles, composers, critics, and anyone and everyone interested in experimental, improvised, and/or electronic music to present papers, pieces, curated concerts, ideas, half-ideas, lectures, performance pieces, improvisations, or installations that ask, answer, or critique the following question:
“What happened, what’s happening now, and what could happen?”
Our goal is to provide a forum in which any thinker and/or practitioner who is writing about, performing, presenting, or otherwise championingexperimental, improvised and electronic music can freely engage in discourse. The format of the symposium will vary each year based on the nature and the number of submissions but will include: concerts, roundtables, paper presentations, and longer lectures. This symposium does not focus on keynotes, featured ensembles, or featured composers, it is focused on the free exchange of ideas of its participants. Because of this, our symposium is free of charge. Participants are highly encouraged to attend all three days of the symposium.
The Vu Symposium is sponsored by Listen/Space, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Print and electronic conference proceedings will be published by Listen/Space, so any participant that would like to publish their paper, presentation, or performance may do so.
Park City, Utah is a small mountain town that also happens to host many conferences and festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival. Free public transportation, convenient accommodations, outdoor activities, and great restaurants are literally steps away from our symposium’s home base at the Park City Library.

Thank you to our committee:

Alex Waterman, Stephanie Richards, Greg Stuart, Brian Harnetty and G Douglas Barrett.  And our symposium chair, Devin Maxwell.

Thank you to our volunteers and organizers:

Kristin Olson, Jonathan Marmor, Andrew Munsey, Kevin Farrell

Thank you to the 40+ artists who came to Park City!!!!

Nathan Asman, Ted Apel, Lynn Baker, Scott Barton, Carey Campbell, Clay Chaplin, Daniel Corral, Ron Coulter, Antonio D’Amato, Miguel Chuaqui, Joseph Davancens, Carlo Dean, Kevin Farrell, Chris Foss, David Gedosh, Emily Hay, The Hay-Liebig Duo, Robert Jedrzewjewski, Steuart Liebig, Hannah Johnson McLaughlin, Noriko Kishi, Benjamin JM Klein, Amy Knoles, Thomas Levine, Ben Levinson, Christopher Mandel, ON STRUCTURE, Natacha Diels, Jessie Marino, Bryan Jacobs, Celeste Oram, Sean Peuquet, Jesse Quebbeman-Turley, Jacob Richards, Jake Rosenzweig, Morris Rosenzweig, Benjamin Safran, The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, Ryan Seward, Matt Smiley, Sophia Shen, Emma Sherman, Andrew C. Smith, Dennis K. Sullivan, Pedro Vazquez, Byron Westbrook, Michael Winter, Zhaoyu Zhang


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