4th International CHIME Conference
1-4 Oct. 1998
Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg
Update and Preliminary Programme
1. Our SponsorsFor generous contributions we would like to express our gratitude to:
2. General Information
Come and join us!
To our great pleasure, over seventy participants have so far agreed to attend the forthcoming conference and we are expecting many more registrations. If you are planning to come but have not made arrangements for your accommodation in Heidelberg yet, please do so at your earliest convenience (see the list of hotels below). Reduced fees and pre-registration for the meeting are possible until 10 September. (We have extended the deadline. For further information see below.)
This will easily become the most ambitious of our international meetings since 1991. It is going to be a very lively event, which hopefully prolongs the inspiring and homely atmosphere of the Geneva, Rotterdam and Leiden conferences, while offering a still wider range of musical and academic activities.
Our programme features some 40 papers, four concerts, an art exhibition, and a series of video presentations which includes unique footage of theatrical, ritual and shamanistic performances from local cultures in Tibet, and Qinghai. These recent materials have not been shown outside China before. Some document hitherto undescribed exorcist rituals and music practices.
Papers and Panel
In our paper sessions we will pay attention to phenomena of cross-cultural exchange, contacts between China and the West, tribal and regional music, changes in Chinese theatre and instrumental music, and the world of new Chinese music. We have also included a panel discussion on the significance of nationalism for the composition of Chinese music at the brink of the 21st century. We are proud to be assured of the full co-operation and personal presence of Chinese composers like Hsu Tsang-houei, Luo Zhongrong, Lam Bun-Ching and Qu Xiaosong.
Our concerts feature several guqin and pipa performances (with a mix of ancient and new pieces), while more traditional instruments and some free improvisations can be heard in the closing concert. New Chinese music is highlighted in two evening concerts with members of the Heidelberg Philharmonic and the Ensemble Plus Percussion. The concerts will include major works by Tan Dun, Guo Wenjing, Qian Nanzhang, Mo Wuping, Lam Bun-Ching, Qu Xiaosong and others. The concert of chamber music with the Heidelberg Philharmonic will include two world premiers especially commissioned for this occasion: a composition for voices, two guqin and Western instruments on poetry by Bo Juyi by German composer Stefan Hakenberg and an ensemble work by Chinese composer Lei Liang, currently based in Boston. Thomas Kalb, conductor of the Heidelberg Philharmonic and well-known for conceiving the 'Heidelberg Spring' music-festival has put together renowned soloists from his orchestra for a performance of music by the Chinese Avantgarde. The distinguished cellist Reimund Korupp will feature as the soloist in Qu Xiaosong's Motionless Water, and he will join the Ensemble Plus Percussion in Tan Dun's Snow in June. Soprano Brigitte Gellner will perform in Guo Wenjing's Elegy and Qu Xiaosong's Mist. Among the excellent Chinese musicians who will contribute to both the traditional and the new music concerts are Gao Hong (pipa), Dai Xiaolian and Cheng Gongliang (qin).
We look forward to the exhibition of musical paintings by Luo Zheng, the son of veteran composer Luo Zhongrong. While Luo Zheng is considered a mentally handicapped person, for whom it is very difficult to communicate with his environment, his musical paintings, in which he evokes masterpieces by Mahler, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Webern as well as by Chinese composers, demonstrates his extraordinary artistic talent and musical sensitivity. For a long period, many of his music paintings featured on the back covers of the journal People's Music (Renmin yinyue). We expect to be able to welcome Luo Zheng in person, as a guest of honour in our Heidelberg meeting!
If you have not registered yet, please save costs by registering now. We have extended pre-registration until 10 September 1998. This is the definitive deadline for reduced payments! Note that lunches and dinners are not included in the conference price. The pre-registration-fee does include free entrance to all the concerts and the exhibition. You can send a cheque made out to "Unikasse-Chime Konferenz-Sinologisches Seminar" to:
Dr. Barbara Mittler
Or send a transfer to the following account:
Unikasse Kto.nr. 21911
marking it "Chime-Sinologisches Seminar, Kap. 1412, Titel 11186, BA 1294".
Please note that all bank charges are your own responsibility. You can arrange this by indicating on your payment: "ohne Belastung für den Empfänger" (i.e. no bank charges for the recipient).
Note: CHIME Members are people who have subscribed to (and paid for) the CHIME Journal for 1998. Please note that nonmember rates automatically include a subscription to the CHIME journal for 1998, that is: if you are not a member yet, you will become one by participating in the conference.
Don't forget to fill in the pre-registration address slip below and send it to Barbara Mittler at Heidelberg University.
PREREGISTRATION 4TH CHIME: BARBARIAN PIPES AND STRINGS
4. Facts About Accommodation and Transport
(all prices given here are approximate prices):
The nearest airport to Heidelberg is Frankfurt. From the airport you can either take a train to Heidelberg (there is a train station on the lower level of the airport) or order a shuttle bus in advance (phone TLS service at 49 6221 770077 or fax at 49 6221 162780) which will pick you up upon arrival and bring you to your destination in Heidelberg. As the train is almost as expensive as the shuttle bus (ca. 50 DM) you may well prefer the shuttle bus, which saves you a lot of time (train ca. 2 1/2 - 3 1/2hrs., shuttle bus ca. 1 - 1 1/2 hrs).
All the hotels listed above are within walking distance (15 mins atmost) of the Wissenschaftsforum and concert venues. Hotels should be able to provide you with free maps of Heidelberg, but we also provide them for you at the Wissenschaftsforum upon registration.
If you come to Heidelberg by car be advised that parking within the Old City, where all our conference and concert activities take place, is fairly difficult and expensive. The city has numerous underground parking lots but prices are stiff. You might prefer to park outside the centre and take a bus to your hotel. We can point out free parking possibilities to those who are interested.
About HeidelbergHeidelberg, an ancient university town celebrated in song and poetry, is beautifully spread out along the Neckar river, against a backdrop of forested hills and castle ruins. The romantic home of one of Germany's oldest universities (founded in 1386), it is situated right in the hub of Germany, only one hour from Frankfurt, three from Munich, four from Hamburg and five from Berlin. The narrow streets and lanes of the old town centre have retained much of their historical flavour. The huge Heidelberg castle- in ruins since the 17th century - looms romantically over the city - and detracts much attention from equally fascinating but less readily visible remains of Celtic, Roman and medieval building sites. The city was spared the sad destruction of so many German cities towards the end of the Second World War, because the allied forces chose it as the headquarters of their military operations.
Today, Heidelberg makes the most out of its legendary past by careful maintenance of its old sites, and by honouring the places where famous men lived, or went by - from Homo Heidelbergiensis to Gadamer, from Goethe and Carl Maria von Weber to Hölderlin. Few visitors are likely to miss the Philosophenweg, a track up the mountain opposite the town, with asuperb view of the old bridge and the buildings below.
Heidelberg is the home of several major art museums. It can also boast of a bristling New Music scene. The city is an ideal starting point for long walks in the adjacent Odenwald, one of Germany's major natural resorts, a beautiful, densely wooded upland region along the east side of the Rhine plain, some 40 km wide, with a rich and varied wildlife and - in the village of Michelsbach - some of the oldest oak-beamed buildings in Germany.
5. Preliminary List of Participants (15/8/1998)
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