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CMRC Autumn Week 9 seminar: Mira Benjamin

Tuesday 23 November 2021, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Mira Benjamin

Why I’m once again ready to listen to more than intonation... (Research Narratives in the embodied practice of ‘microtonal' music)

In this talk I’ll trace a research narrative that began with the performance of notated microtonal music and has arrived at an altogether different focus on epistemologies of practice. Alongside discussion of some instances of my own practice research in music performance (violin), I’ll invite a broader discussion of practice research, its frameworks and values, as a foundation for creative life. 

Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist and practice-researcher living in London, UK, where she is Lecturer in Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. She plays new and old music with an experimental outlook, and performs with Apartment House, Plus Minus Ensemble and Decibel Ensemble. Mira’s academic research interests include pitch and tuning, embodiment, epistemologies of practice, practice-research, and person-centred pedagogy. Her PhD at the University of Huddersfield (supervised by Philip Thomas, 2019) explored a relational epistemology of musical pitch via various ways of practising, modelling, representing, and ultimately knowing pitch space. Mira was the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts – awarded annually to a Canadian musician in recognition of a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.

Please contact Catherine Laws for the Zoom link: catherine.laws@york.ac.uk

Location: Sally Baldwin Building, room D003 and online (via Zoom)