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“From Multi- to Trans-disciplinarity: Alexander Schubert's Silent Posts or about creation as a collaborative enterprise”



Dr. Roberto Alonso Trillo

Dr. Roberto Alonso Trillo

DMA, University of Houston PhD, Birmingham City University


1000-1100, 25 Apr 2019


ASH 700, Music Rehearsal Hall, Au Shue Hung Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, HKBU

Speaker's bio:

Born in Spain in 1983. His professional career embraces three interconnected levels of activity: performance, pedagogy, and research. He is a violin and viola player with an intensive international career, covering a wide selection of music that ranges from the early baroque to the contemporary repertoire. He is an active member of various chamber music and new music ensembles. An important part of his performance activity involves interdisciplinary projects, projects that combine elements taken from diverse artistic disciplines.


After the completion of a PhD in 2012 Roberto has worked in various international institutions such as the Edward Said National Conservatory, the National Autonomous University in Honduras, the Young Orchestra and Choir of Central America, and the University of Houston. He has taught instrumental lessons, orchestral training and a variety of musicological courses. At present, following the completion of a DMA at the University of Houston in 2017 and besides his continuing international collaborations, he is a lecturer at the Universidad Alfonso X and the TAI University Arts Center in Madrid (Spain).


His areas of interest include string-related subjects, an interest in the work and ideas of Theodor W. Adorno, the Philosophy of Music, Contemporary Music, and a focus on Interdisciplinary Music Studies. Over the past few years he has published in different international magazines such as Perspectives of New Music, the Hispanic Research Journal or the IRASM magazine. In 2018, Routledge published his new book entitled Death and (Re)Birth of J. S. Bach.


This seminar will focus on the work and ideas of the German artist and composer Alexander Schubert, taking his concept work Silent Posts as a case study. The seminar broadly considers the difference between multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary creativity, arguing that Silent Posts is an example of the latter. It also examines the collaborative creative process proposed by Schubert and how, beyond its apparent trans-disciplinary uniqueness, Silent Posts adheres to the same creative paradigms that we associate with music from the classical tradition.