Press Release

UMF explores the world of sound

FARMINGTON, Maine — The University of Maine at Farmington explores the world of music, sound, noise and silence with a two-month long sound conference this fall.

“Sonitus: A Sound Studies University Forum” features a wide-range of presentations by scholars, artists and performers as they investigate sound’s unbounded nature.

All events are free and open to the public and take place at various venues on the UMF campus.

• Sept. 20-Nov. 4: Exhibit by Pioneer in Sound Art Liz Phillips. Opening Reception 5-8 p.m., Sept. 20. Daily interactive performances 2:30-3 p.m.

UMF Art Gallery.

• Sept. 21, 11:45 a.m.: Discussion—The Sounds and Ideas of John Cage

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.: Performance—The Music of John Cage Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Oct. 24, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Lecture—James Joyce and the Use of Music in the Sirens Episode of “Ulysses” Room C23, Roberts Learning Center.

• Oct. 31, 12-1 p.m.: Presentation by Liz Phillips: “The Resonance of Weather”

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Performance—“Granular Modality: A Live Sound Exploration with Earl Howard” Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Nov. 2, 12-1:30 p.m.: Discussion—“Sound, Place and Identity” featuring Josh Kun, Liz Phillips and Omar Tamez. Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.: Keynote—Josh Kun. Performance—“Landing on a Sense of Place”: A Concert Featuring the Sanchez/Tamez/Aguilar Trio. Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Nov. 3, 3-5 p.m.: Performance—“Farmington Resounding” Room 223, Nordica, and Fourth Floor in Merrill Hall.

• Nov. 3, 7 p.m.: Performance Reading—“James Joyce, The Sound of Bloom’s Sirens”. Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center.

• Nov. 11, 3 p.m.: Performance—“Sonic Counterpoints: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Lewis, Vinko Globakar. Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

“Sonitus” is part of the UMF University Forum,  made possible by the generous support of the University Culture Committee; the Office of the Provost; the Office of the Assistant Provos;, Mantor Library; and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

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