Conference Announcement: Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco

Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco

 An international conference to be held in New York at
the Graduate Center, CUNY, by The Foundation of Iberian Music
October 18 – 19, 2018

Celebrating the publication of Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco (Oxford University Press, 2018) by K. Meira Goldberg, The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center is organizing an international conference on flamenco as embodying narratives of difference and Otherness. The conference details will be announced by spring, 2018.


Conference Announcement: Transatlantic Rhythms in Music, Song, and Dance

The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, partnering with the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California Riverside, and the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura in Veracruz will convene an international conference on the circulation of transatlantic rhythms. We encourage all scholars in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, dance, theater, gender, race and ethnicity, diaspora, and immigration studies to submit proposals by spring of 2018. We will issue a formal call for papers in January.


Civilizing the Monster: Romantic Longings in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel began as a late-night parlor game with her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, her stepsister Claire Clairmont, the poet Lord Byron, and Byron’s doctor John Polidori, centering on who could write the best horror tale. Since then, Shelley’s novel has been adapted to stage and film and has generated innumerable interpretations. The story of the scientist Victor Frankenstein and his ill-conceived effort to create a human-like monster has been read as a parable of science gone awry, a critique of Romanticism, a contribution to the tradition of “female gothic,” an autobiographical narrative of tormented creation…


Newly Rediscovered Quintets: A Concert

February 21 in 2018, Fundación Juan March will hold a concert at their Madrid location as a part of this season’s Aula de (Re)estrenos’s series, to re-premiere some recently rediscovered works by Tomás Bretón and Conrado del Campo. 


CFP: “Iberian Musical Crossroads Through the Ages” (Barcelona)

The Brook Center’s Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI) is putting on a conference at Barcelona’s Societat Catalana de Musicologia in October of 2018. The conference, Iberian Musical Crossroads Through the Ages: Images of Music Making in their Trans-cultural Exchange “will examine visual sources documenting transborder and transcultural transmission of musical ideas between the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of the world.” Spain’s many historical “explorations and migrations created a fertile framework for a rich exchange of musical ideas, sounds, forms, rhythms, dances, and instruments.”

Paper proposals will be accepted through April 2, 2018.


Conference: Music Criticism 1950-2000 (Barcelona)

There is an upcoming conference that may be of interest to our friends and colleagues in Spain. Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini is holding a conference on Music Criticism since 1950. The conference is October 9–11 at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. 


Recent and Upcoming Literes Events

Antonio Literes was one of the most popular composers of the Baroque period in Spain. His name waned with the passage of time, but fortunately, he is enjoying something of a revival in the 21st century.

As we previously announced, the New York City Opera performed Literes’s opera Los Elementos this year. The production was advised by the Foundation for Iberian Music’s director, Antoni Pizà, who is the author of the only monograph available on Literes. Los Elementos  was also performed this spring at Paschaliskerk in the Hague (Netherlands), by La Academia de los Nocturnos.