The meeting will include presentations, workshops, musical performances, and discussions begin Monday afternoon, August 9th and will end on Wednesday afternoon, August 11th. On Tuesday, talks will be held in the morning with an interactive workshop in the afternoon. There will be a musical performance followed by music-making on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning there will be talks, followed by lunch and departures.
- Dr. Edward Large, Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University, USA
'Musical Neurodynamics: Dynamic Patterns and the Experience of Music'
- Prof. Brian Foster, Physics, University of Oxford, England
- Dr. Margaret Walker, Music, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
'Calculations and Chakkradars: Mathematics in Indian Rhythm'
- Prof. Kevin Jones, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, England
- Prof. Mark Steedman, Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
'Computing Grammar-based Musical Analysis'
- Chris Greive, Edinburgh, Scotland
Music and Mathematics Education Workshop
- Prof. Murray Campbell, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
'The Significance of Harmonic Frequency Ratios in Functioning Wind Instruments'
- Prof. Peter Nelson, Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
'Rhythm as Social Counting'
- Prof. Nigel Osborne, Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
- Dr. Alan Smaill, Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
'Musical Analogies and Blends'
- Dr. Katie Overy, Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
'Patterns in Space and Time: Musical and Mathematical Abstraction'
- Dr. Shelley Katz, Musician in Residence, ISC at Herstmonceux Castle, England
'Blending Air-Disturbance Patterns of Reproduced Sound to Emulate the Characteristics of Natural Sound in Superior Acoustic Spaces'
- Diana Gilchrist-Katz, Musician in Residence, ISC at Herstmonceux Castle, England
Murray Campbell is Professor of Musical Acoustics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His main research activity is concerned with different aspects of the acoustical and musical behaviour of wind instruments. Work is also in progress on acoustical studies of historic wind instruments, making use of the rich resources of the University of Edinburgh's Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. Prof. Campbell is Co-ordinator of the UK Musical Acoustics Network, Co-chair of the Technical Committee for Musical Acoustics of the European Acoustics Association, and Associate Editor for Acta Acustica united with Acustica. He is Musical Director of the Edinburgh Renaissance Band, the Scottish Gabrieli Ensemble and the Linton Singers.
Brian Foster is Professor of Physics at Oxford University. Albert Einstein was not only, arguably, the world's greatest scientist - he was also a committed and enthusiastic musician who would have preferred to organise a chamber music group than attend a conference. The talk outlines Einstein's life, both in science and in music, and discusses the relationship between them.
Diana Gilchrist-Katz received a music degree from Carleton University and spent four years as the founding Artistic Director of Opera Lyra Ottawa, then studied in New York and London. She has an impressive operatic career throughout Europe and also performs with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the Brandenburg Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony. She serves as a Musician in Residence at the Queen's University ISC at Herstmonceux Castle.
Chris Greive moved to Edinburgh 8 years ago and has performed with numerous bands including the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (lead trombone and composer/arranger), Salsa Celtica and Haftor Medboe Group. His education experience is broad, including West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (1995-99), Lecturer in Arranging and Ensemble at West Australian Conservatorium of Music (1996-2000) and National Youth Jazz Orchestra Scotland (2004-05). He wrote a concert of Big Band music for Scottish Blues legend Tam White (and the SNJO in February 2007) and performed with his co-led trio, NeWt, and Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2007.
Kevin Jones is Emeritus Professor of Music at Kingston University and a composer, researcher, teacher and performer (pianist, accompanist, conductor, organist) with a special interest in music in interdisciplinary contexts, particularly in relation to science and mathematics, taking in contemporary and historical, western and non-western perspectives. Much of his composition and research relates music to natural forms such as landscape, star patterns and geological phenomena. He also has a keen interest in musical codes and cryptography, particularly in relation to the music of Elgar. Widely published and performed, he regularly contributes to radio and TV programmes.
Shelley Katz was born in Montreal and holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York and a multi-disciplinary PhD from England. He has worked as a conductor, soloist and chamber musician with some of the world's leading singers. He also serves as a Musician in Residence at the Queen's University ISC at Herstmonceux Castle.
Edward Large is Associate Professor of Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Large is an NSF CAREER awardee and a Fulbright scholar, and he currently serves on the executive committee of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. His research areas include music psychology, auditory neuroscience, and dynamical systems theory, and his work combines behavioral experimentation, neurophysiology, and neuroimaging with nonlinear dynamical systems modeling, to gain a deeper understanding of the neural underpinnings of musical experience.
Peter Nelson is Professor in Music and has worked closely with the composer Iannis Xenakis and his UPIC computer music system, composing a number of works for the UPIC. He also founded Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust (ECAT), with his colleague Geoffrey King, presenting a regular season of new music concerts in Edinburgh, bringing most of the leading international performers, composers and ensembles to Scotland. Professor Nelson is editor of the international journal, Contemporary Music Review published by Routledge. Recent compositions include a concerto for cello/electric cello, for Frances-Marie Uitti and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and MerzMusic for soprano and ensemble, on texts by Kurt Schwitters, commissioned by Paragon Ensemble for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival.
Nigel Osborne is Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh. He studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, his predecessor as Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh, with Egon Wellesz, the first pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, and with Witold Rudzinski. Prof. Osborne also studied at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Warsaw. His works have been featured in most major international festivals and performed by many leading orchestras and ensembles around the world, winning numerous awards. He has also pioneered the use of music in therapy and rehabilitation for children who are victims of conflict.
Katie Overy is a Senior Lecturer in Music Psychology, Programme Co-Director of the MSc in Music in the Community, and Co-Director of the IMHSD at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Overy graduated from the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Music in 1995 and went on to study the psychology of music with Eric Clarke at the University of Sheffield, examining dyslexic children's difficulties with musical timing and the potential of rhythm-based music lessons to support dyslexic children's language and literacy skills. She spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher with Gottfried Schlaug at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, learning fMRI techniques and collaborating on various neuroimaging studies of musical processing.
Alan Smaill's studies were in Pure Mathematics, and Mathematical Logic, with singing, playing and conducting on the side. Dr. Smaill has been involved in teaching aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Edinburgh since 1988, mostly in the area of automated reasoning. Along with others, this has involved collaborations between Music and AI (now Informatics) in Edinburgh. We have organised a couple of international conferences on Music and AI, and seminars that encourage work involving computational aspects of musical understanding, performance and composition.
Mark Steedman is Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics, working in Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Science, on Generation of Meaningful Intonation for Speech by Artificial Agents, Animated Conversation, The Communicative Use of Gesture, Tense and Aspect, and Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG). He is also interested in Computational Musical Analysis and Combinatory Logic.
Margaret Walker is currently serving as the Director of the School of Music, Queen's University, Canada. She teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, Western music history, and various aspects of World Music. Dr. Walker graduated from the University of Toronto (Musicology/ Ethnomusicology) and the Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School (Piano Performance and Pedagogy). Her PhD thesis, Kathak Dance: A Critical History, examined and deconstructed the revised history of the North Indian classical dance form, Kathak.