Vinko Globokar: SICPP Composer-in-Residence 2016

Vinko Globokar: SICPP Composer-in-Residence 2016

We are thrilled to announced that Vinko Globokar will be the Visiting Composer-in-Residence at SICPP 2016! Globokar is world-renowned both as a prolific composer of avant garde music and as a masterful trombonist. Globokar is a champion of extended performance techniques, unconventional notation, and spontaneity/improvisation in live performance. Additionally, the pianist Marilyn Nonken will be […]

Lee Hyla Tribute Concert on NewMusicBox

From “SICPP’s Love and Geometry” on NewMusicBox, by Matthew Guerrieri:   “Hyla’s Migración, one of his last pieces (it was premiered in February by the SICPP-affiliated Callithumpian Consort), seemed appropriately airy by comparison. The text is a long Pablo Neruda poem considering natural cycles, winter and spring, life and death. But a tension between the […]

Boston Globe on Nino Jvania at SICPP 2014

Boston Globe on Nino Jvania at SICPP 2014

Photo by Rebecca Kim.   Jvania invokes Stockhausen’s audible spectrum — Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe:   “…for one movement, Jvania played fast, repeated figures with bells on her fingers, kinesthetics transformed into jingling counterpoint; another combined tolling chords with the sound of struck Japanese meditation bowls. Jvania’s performance was consistently compelling, an ideal combination of precise […]

SICPP 2014: Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence

SICPP 2014: Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence

SICPP 2014: Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence John Tilbury and Nino Jvania, Guest Artists Stephen Drury, Artistic Director Daily evening concerts begin Sunday June 15th and go through Saturday June 21st.  Admission is free to all concerts. Sunday, June 15th at 8PM, Jordan Hall […]


And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  (time flies when you’re celebrating the Cage Centennial)  After a week of incredible evening concerts, inspiring masterclasses and colloquia, and probably more rehearsals than one typically juggles in a performance season, we end our time at SICPP this year in a 6hr+ marathon in Brown Hall […]

SICPP 2012 Begins!

It’s that time of year again, when SICPPies (pronounced: “sick puppies”) from all over congregate at the New England Conservatory for the annual SICK PUPPY festival: the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice.  This year we celebrate John Cage’s 100th birthday, feature world premieres by composer-in-residence Christian Wolff (as well as the rescheduled world premiere by […]

Sick Puppy, 2011

Yes, we will have T-shirts (original graphic by Aaron Dana) to purchase at this year’s SICPP festival, which is happening soon: June 18 – 25 at the New England Conservatory in Boston.  SICPP (also known as “Sick Puppy”) is an intensive performance seminar on music of the 20th & 21st centuries for advanced instrumentalists, vocalists, […]

Salkind-Pearl in SICPP spotlight: Autumn Voices

Yes, we still have more photos emerging from SICPP 2010! Check out our Flickr photostream to see new footage of the Callithumpian-commissioned work for this past Sick Puppy festival, featuring composer Mischa Salkind-Pearl.  Salkind-Pearl‘s Autumn Voices, scored for flute, clarinet, string quartet, percussion, and piano, was performed in a masterclass setting with the Callithumpian Consort […]

Globe Review of Iditarod

The Boston Globe’s Matthew Guerrieri reviews the SICPP Iditarod. “If music were candy, the SICPP Iditarod would be like a tour of the Wonka factory. The far-out and unexpected are the stock-in-trade of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (“Sick Puppy’’ for short), a weeklong student immersion directed by Stephen Drury that annually culminates […]


Congratulations, SICPP 2010!  We managed to finish the IDITAROD before midnight (saw a good number of iced coffees floating around) for a total of 7.5 hours of rad music — hope everyone slept in! Callithumpian is now on Flickr!  Take a look at the SICPP Iditarod set (other sets from the Thursday and Friday concerts […]

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