Joining the Zoom conference on December 16, the event was lead by Piyawat Louilarpprasert
(TNMAS artistic director, Cornell DMA), Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Anothai Nitibhon
(TNMAS co-curator, former dean of PGVIM), who were joined by Noppakorn Auesirinucroch (Tacet(i) co-director), Jean-Patrick Bedsingrand
(ICIT faculty, CUNY PhD candidate), Pamornpan Komolpamorn (conductor, Mahidol University), and Cornell Composing network team: Miles Jefferson Friday
, Han Xu
, John Eagle
, Joshua Biggs
, Charles White, and Laura Cetilia
Marianthi starts the conference off by explaining that the Composing Network seminar was centered around the question of what it means to be a composer today. "[We] also explored various ways of reflecting the conversation we had in the matter that we could even create pieces that are imaginary compositions," she says, describing how someone entering your mind in itself is already a collaboration.
Another focus of the seminar was experimentation with video, as the professor mentions that now composers face many challenges with the transition into a more visual world. The introduction was followed by a video demonstration of each of the musicians' works, and I recommend you listen to them before reading the rest of the article (video above).