Halldorophone Workshop
June 29-June 30th in Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Day 1 and 2 of the Live Interfaces Conference: www.liveinterfaces.org

Halldoropohones (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo4Jq-_tysc) are electro acoustic string instruments developed by Halldór Úlfarsson. The instrument is cello-like in its configuration but with unique features that define the method of playing and facilitate its unusal timbre. Over the last decade a growing number of composers haved composed by solo and ensemble works for the halldorophone. A seminar on conventions in composing for halldorophone was recently held at the Icelandic Academy of Arts, Music department with a panel of composers who have worked with the instrument in recent years.

We invite composers, performers and improvisers to come and explore and create new works for novel electro-acoustic resonating instruments. The workshops are collaborative, focussing on knowledge exchange between instrument builders, composers and performers. The workshops will involve group work, composition and performance. The pieces created will be performed at ACCA at the end of the second day, after the opening keynote.

These two-day workshops will be structured such that in the morning of the first day, the inventor will present the instrument, its history and workings. Then participants will be able to explore the instrument. Discussions regarding performance, improvisation and new notation will be chaired by the instrument maker. After lunch, people will work solo or in pairs/groups (e.g., composer-performer duos) on a musical piece which could be notated or of improvisational nature. A regrouping in the evening offers an opportunity to discuss the experiments and successes/failures of the day, leading to a dinner in a restaurant. The next day the workshops will continue in the morning, focusing on practicing and finishing the pieces. In the evening the work will be performed in the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts Auditorium. The pieces will be recorded (audio and video) and published online (subject to approval).

Workshop leaders:
Halldor Ulfarsson (http://icelandicartcenter.is/people/artists/halldor-ulfarsson/)
Alice Eldridge (http://www.ecila.org)

Further info here: www.liveinterfaces.org/#workshops

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