Conlon Nancarrow
Life and Music
ONLINE Symposium
September 27 - October 27, 2012


Conlon NancarroW
Life and Music
Online Symposium
September 27 - October 27, 2012


Keynote Presentations

Kyle Gann: Outside the Feedback Loop: A Nancarrow Keynote Address

The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo: Interview, and Performances of Study No. 4 and Study No. 15 for Player Piano


Clifton Callender:  Performing the Irrational: Paul Usher’s Arrangement of Nancarrow’s Study No. 33, Canon 2:√2

Felix Meyer: Conlon Nancarrow Was Never in Gurs

Dominic Murcott: Tomorrow’s Music on Yesterday’s Machines: In Search of an “Authentic” Nancarrow Performance.

Julie A. Nemire:  Convergence Points in Nancarrow’s Tempo Canons

Julie A. Nemire:  Structural Significance of Convergence Points in Nancarrow’s Study No. 27 (Canon 5%/6%/ 8%/11%)

David Suisman:  A Critical History of Player-Pianos and Mechanical Automation

Margaret Thomas:  Conlon Nancarrow, “Hot” Jazz, and the Principle of Collective Improvisation

Robert Willey:  The Editing and Arrangement of Conlon Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano for Disklavier and Synthesizer


Clarence Barlow: Study No. 7, arranged for two Disklaviers, James Tenney’s Spectral Canon, and six player piano pieces

Scott McGill: Conlon Nancarrow’s Third Study for Player Piano as a Vehicle for Improvisation, and Perpetuum Mobile

Jeff Morris: A Treatise on the Aesthetic of Effort for Breath-Powered Disklavier and Live Coding

Nick Collins: Works Inspired by Conlon Nancarrow

Robert Willey: Studies Nos. 37 and 11 for Player Piano, arranged for synthesizers and Five Pieces for conloninpurple and 12-channel sound system

Martin Schlumpf: Study No 48c, arranged for synthesizers, from Die Kunst des Tempokanons


Christopher Dobrian: University of California, Irvine

Robert Willey: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Clarence Barlow: University of California, Santa Barbara

Jan Tro: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Dragana Stojanovic Novicic: Americana Hall of the Youth Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo: Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington

New York University: Yamaha Artists Services, New York City

Mary Scott Goode: Texarkana, Arkansas

David Suisman: University of Delaware, Newark

Julie Nemire: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo


Robert Willey: Jürgen Hocker, in Memoriam

Robert Willey: Review of “Encounters With Nancarrow”, by Jürgen Hocker

Robert Willey: Timeline


Chair: Robert Willey

Program Committee Chair: Daphne Leong

Papers Committee: Daphne Leong, Clifton Callender, Dora Hanninen, Timothy Labor

Performances Committee: Robert Thompson, Eric Lyon, Christopher Dobrian