Illusions and Expectations

Two new academic conference papers for summer 2011

Recent months have seen Jonathan Pitkin make appearances at two international conferences to give papers on ideas relating to his recent work.

‘Creating the illusion of improvisation: a composer’s perspective’, which took as its focus the piano/disklavier duo Con Spirito, formed part of the programme of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice’s (CMPCP) inaugural Performance Studies Network conference, held at the University of Cambridge in July. This is now available in digital form at

Jonathan also took part in the ‘Anatomy of Listening’ colloquium at the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology in Glasgow in September. His paper, which drew its examples from the orchestral piece Mesh, was entitled ‘Raising expectations: a composer’s perspective on the relationship between creative practice and music psychology’.