All the time that you have in Venice

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Unfortunately, I’m not get­ting any time at all in Venice, but this Sunday, 6 October, my All the time that you have what we have. / All the time that you have. will be part of a con­cert at the Biennale di Venezia cur­ated by Italian blogger-composer col­lective /nu/thing.

The per­formers are sop­rano Laura Catrani and vi­ol­in­ists Georgia Privitera & Laura Bertolino of Quartetto Maurice. The pro­gramme also in­cludes works by Kristian Ireland, Emanuele Casale, Valerio Murat, Simon Steen-Andersen, Aurélio Edler-Copes and Mario Diaz de León. Wish I could be there!

foot­note: I’m happy to be in­cluded, but I should note that it’s al­ways dis­ap­pointing to be in­volved in a con­cert of only male com­posers or­gan­ised by a col­lective of only male composers.

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  1. Posted Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Hi Chris. I have a mo­ment now to look at your in­ternet site. Gender ques­tion is THE ques­tion, I am totally with you. But I am more with Andrea Agostini saying that I am dis­ap­pointed for your foot­note, that, if I look at it cor­rectly, is the only one in your blog about a con­cert. I hope that you will be equally dis­ap­pointed for your con­cert next February, in which there are only male com­posers. See you. Eric

  2. Posted Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Dear Eric,

    You are right that this is the only such foot­note, though I just scanned through the con­certs in­cluding my works from the last two years, checking pro­grammes where pos­sible and oth­er­wise re­lying on memory, and I think there is just one where there were only male com­posers. In some sense it is an over­sight that I didn’t note this fact at the time, though it was a year and a half ago, so I think it’s also valid that my at­ten­tions have shifted since then. (Looking back, it might also be worth noting the con­sist­ently low per­centage of fe­male com­posers across the board, even when rep­res­ented, though I guess I have tried to do that from time to time.)

    Thank you for drawing my at­ten­tion to the pro­gramme for the con­cert in February — I hadn’t seen it yet. And yes, as I wrote in the post above, it is al­ways dis­ap­pointing. As I tried to make clear in my re­sponse on /nu/thing’s blog, this is not about ac­cus­a­tions, judge­ment or blame, but about re­cog­ni­tion, aware­ness and responsibility.

    Hope to see you soon!
    Best, Chris.

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