The last two years are now behind us. As our doors gradually reopen, we are contemplating a new reality and given the chance to reset and appreciate the world we had temporarily left behind. We also have the opportunity to re-adjust and perhaps even reinvent the world we live in. But what kind of world are we waking up to?
We live today in a now which includes all of our pasts - those remembered, recounted, or re-imagined. We also live in a now in which many possible futures are increasingly becoming materialized. The now in which we find ourselves contains a rich multiplicity of narratives, allowing us an opportunity to listen to new voices, raise awareness of new perspectives, and draw our attention to one another’s experiences. This has a significant impact on music, as musicians have access to a wealth of ideas through which to explore new paths for expression, and listeners of today are exposed to a wider range of aesthetics than were ever available before. Technology has enabled completely novel modes of music production and communication, bringing us to an age of streaming and instant availability, in which we can all choose which now to exist in or even navigate between multiple nows. As we appreciate yesterday’s sensibilities and the value of tomorrow’s directions, the musical landscape of the now has become as diverse as our collective imagination.
For this year’s Symposium at PGVIM, we would like to celebrate the multiplicity of expressions that characterize our time. We welcome presentations, workshops, and performances that investigate the musical landscape of today, looking at new creation paradigms, inventive distribution models, and the role of music education in promoting musical diversity and relevance.