Sounding Philosophy

Grieg Academy Composition Research Group

Dániel Péter Biró: Research Group Leader

The project Sounding Philosophy integrates the fields of music composition, philosophy and science to understand how theories of reason and the mind can be approached from creative, metaphysical and scientific perspectives. This project builds on artistic research initiated by a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017-2018, presentations at the interdisciplinary annual conference of the Swiss Philosophical Society in September 2018 and discussions undertaken in the context of the Grieg Academy Composition Research Group in 2019-2020.

The conference Sounding Philosophy was held at the Grieg Academy – Department of Music, University of Bergen from 1-2 November 2019.

Concerts and performances, in coordination with the conference, occured on Nov. 6 and Nov. 9, 2019 at Atelier of Kjell Pahr-Iversen, Stavanger and at the Peer Gynt-salen, Grieghallen, Bergen.

Conference Events

November 1, 2019 , Grieg Academy, Prøvesalen, Lars Hilles gate 3

Christopher Senf, Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Session Moderator

15:00 Prof. Elhanan Yakira, Hebrew University Jerusalem: “Spinoza’s Ontology of the Intellect”

16:00 Prof. Dániel Péter Biró, Grieg Academy: “Parametric Composition in the Ethica Composition Cycle.”

17:00 Coffee Break

17:30 Dr. Grit Schwarzkopf, University of Heidelberg, “Was ist Teleologie?”

November 2 Grieg Academy, Gunnar Sævigs Sal, Lars Hilles gate 3

Dániel Péter Biró, Grieg Academy, Session Moderator

10:00 Prof. Gunnar Hindrichs: On Hanslick’s proposition: “Composition is spiritual work on spiritually capable material.”

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Prof. Arnulf Mattes, Grieg Academy: “Intoxicating Oscillations: Ernst Mach and Arnold Schoenberg”

Concerts and Performances

November 6, 2019

Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival

Atelier of Kjell Pahr-Iversen, Stavanger

Ethica, after Baruch Spinoza Composition by Dániel Péter Biró, Professor for Composition, Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

Choreography by Hagit Yakira, Associate Professor for Dance, University of Stavanger

Paintings of Kjell Pahr-Iversen, Stavanger

Introductory lecture by Elhanan Yakira, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

November 9, 2019 15.30

Peer Gynt-salen, Grieghallen

Dániel Péter Biró: _Ethica, _after Baruch Spinoza

Works by Grieg Academy composition students Gunhild Seim, Lisa Braathen, Anders Hannevold and Bendik Savstad, involved in the Sounding Philosophy Worksop and other works by Knut Vaage.

BIT 20 Ensemble

Dániel Péter Biró, Trond Madsen, conductors

Generous funding for this project came from the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, the Global Chalenges Initiative, University of Bergen and an Innovation Project Grant from the Center for Excellence in Music Performance (CEMPE).