Rei plays Bach in back of a van.

Photo: Anja Limbrunner

Back to the Future!

A two-day symposium about interpretation. How did we end up performing historical music works the way we do today? Can what we know about new music and art today help us find alternative ways of approaching older artworks? And what should we call a concert?

The research group behind the symposium consists of the musicians George Kentros and Rei Nakamura and the composer/musicians Mattias Petersson and Ida Lundén.

When: 28-29 March, 2023

Where: KMH, Royal College of Music in Stockholm
How to get here

This symposium invites internationally known researchers and musicians to discuss questions about interpretation and will also include two lecture-performances where new ways of approaching older artworks will be performed.

Featured speakers:

  • Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, professor emeritus, King's College London
  • Chris Cutler, musician and writer
  • Anna Lindal, musician and professor
  • Stefan Östersjö, musician and professor

The symposium will be held in English.


Day 1, March 28

Seminar room: Lilla salen

12.00-13.00 Registration in the large foyer/entrance hall (Foajén)

13.00-14.00 Project intro, ”Back to the future!”

14.00-14.45 Daniel Leech-Wilkinson "What must a performance achieve?"

14.45-15.15 Coffee break (outside Lilla salen)

15.15-16.00 Chris Cutler: "Whose music: interpretation and memory"

16.15-17.15 Panel 1 "Are we even allowed to do this?"

Evening performance
19.30 Lecture performance with partial results from Back to the Future, Lilla salen

Day 2, March 29

Seminar rooms: Lilla salen and 1E207

10.00-11.00 Stefan Östersjö, ”Negotiating voice with dead and living composers (and performers)”

11.00-11.45 Anna Lindal, ”Poetics of Unlearning”

11.45-12.00 Coffee break (outside Lilla salen)

Lunch performance
12.00-13.00 Rei Nakamura "Menu,” lecture performance

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Panel 2, "Interpretation, Transcription, Arrangement, Recomposition, Music: What do we call it?" (Seminarierum 1E207)

15.00-15.30 Coffee break (outside seminar room 1E207)

15.30-16.30 Summation, ”Did we learn anything?”

Registration form

The symposium is free of charge. Coffee (Swedish fika) is included for free.

You can buy lunch at our restaurant Oktav.

You cannot register any longer. Registration closed on 20 March at 23.30.
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