Glenn Gould Roundtable 2019: Japanese and Other Perspectives on the Canadian Icon of Music and Technology

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Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Friday, May 3, 20192:00PM - 4:30PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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A gathering of colleagues, friends, writers/artists and scholars of Glenn Gould (1932-1982) to develop new perspectives by sharing memories, recent news and achievements as well as forthcoming events and projects. The event will involve presentations and a film screening.

“Glenn Gould and Japan: A Two-Way Street”
Junichi Miyazawa
Junichi Miyazawa, Ph.D., is music/literary critic and award-winning professor of humanities at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. In 2018/19 he is Visiting Scholar at Massey College; Visiting Professor at Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He is one of the world’s leading Glenn Gould scholars. His major books are: Glenn Gould: A Perspective (Tokyo, 2004), McLuhan’s View (Tokyo, 2008), and Thinking Music (co-authored, Tokyo, 2017).

“Malleability and Machines: Glenn Gould and the Technological Self”
Edward Jones-Imhotep
Edward Jones-Imhotep is a cultural historian of science and technology and Associate Professor of History at York University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His book,The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War (MIT Press), won the 2018 Sidney Edelstein Prize for the best scholarly book in history of technology.

“Evolving Interpretative Approach in Glenn Gould’s Recordings of Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata”
Michael Thibodeau
Dr. Michael Thibodeau is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto. Equally at home in the library carrel as on the piano bench, Michael has spent unreasonable amounts of time researching the interpretative processes performers use to bring notation into sound. His dissertation is an ontological examination of concepts belonging to common practice—namely, musicality and authenticity.

“Matter of North: An Anthology”
Anthony Cushing
Anthony Cushing received his Ph.D. in musicology from Western University in 2013. He completed an undergraduate degree in music at Acadia University where he majored in composition and cello performance. In 2003, he had the distinction of being the first graduate student in music at the University of Southern Maine where he studied composition with J. Mark Scearce and Elliott Schwartz. His current research interest is in Glenn Gould’s Solitude Trilogy radio documentaries.

Radio as Music (1975)
A long-forgotten film in which Gould talks about composing radio documentaries with interviewer John Thompson and sound technician Donald Logan. (30 minutes)


Shannon Garden-Smith
(416) 946-5372


Caryl Clark
Professor, Music History & Culture, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Junichi Miyazawa
Visiting Scholar, Massey College, University of Toronto
Visiting Professor, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University and St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
Professor, School of Cultural & Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo

Anthony Cushing
Independent Scholar

Edward Jones-Imhotep
Associate Professor, Department of History, York University

Michael Thibodeau

Peter Goddard
Music Journalist

David Jaeger, C. M.
Music Producer, Composer & Broadcaster

Brian Levine
Executive Director, Glenn Gould Foundation

Donald Logan
Sound Technician

Faye Perkins
Representative for Glenn Gould Estate/Primary Wave

Lorne Tulk
Sound Technician

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Global Japan


Faculty of Music

Primary Wave

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