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Conference "Explaining universe – systems, humans and arts. Dedicated to 100th anniversary of Udo Kasemets"

November 16-17, 2019

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Organ Hall (A404)



Udo Kasemets (1919-2014) has been called jokingly the most famous least known composer of Estonia. There is an article about him in every respected music dictionary. In Canada, where Kasemets spent the main part of his creative life, he was named "probably the most uncompromising musician in history of Canadian music". His influence on music life especially in Toronto, in particular introducing thinking inspired by John Cage, Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller, played an utmost importance. His influence on the following generations is hard to overestimate. Yet in Estonia Kasemets's music has been played very little and the knowledge about Kasemets is not wide spread.

To fill this gap and to celebrate Udo Kasemets's 100th anniversary (he was born exactly on November 16, 2019), to introduce his music, ideas and background, ensemble U:  in collaboration with Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is organizing conference "Explaining universe – systems, humans and arts". Alongside the conference two concerts will take place in Kanuti Gildi SAAL and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Working language of the conference is English. Registration is open until November, 7. Please register HERE


Sa 16.11.19 (A404)

10.30 Greeting coffee

11.00 Immo Mihkelson – “Globally-thinking  musician and a human being with Estonian origin: Udo Kasemets as part of broader Estonian musicscape”

11.45–13.00 Jeremy Strachan – ““Whence Cometh He?”: Udo Kasemets and the Experimental Tradition in Toronto”


14.00 Theodore Parker – “Udo Kasemets in the Context of North American Experimental Music”

14.40 Tze Yeung Ho – “Tracing the Footsteps of a Diaspora Composer: Udo Kasemets in Canada”

15.20–16.00 Taavi Kerikmäe – “Problematics of interpreting open scores

19:30 Concert of  Ensemble U: in Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1526) “Tu es Petrus” a 6 (1572)

Udo Kasemets (1919-2014) “Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch, or How to Take a Trip Without LSD” (1965)

Udo Kasemets “4’33” Fractals” mistahes esitajatele (2000)

Udo Kasemets “Trigon” realisatsioon 9 esitajale (1963)

Udo Kasemets “Future is past … is …  now” neljale või enamale esitajale (1996)

Entrance: 5/3 €


Su 17.11.19 (A404)

10.30 Greeting coffee

11.00 Giovanni Albini – "A ‘mechanical duologue’: science and systems in the art of Udo Kasemets”

11.40–12.40 Ragne Kõuts-Klemm – “Humans and technology: Inspired by Marshall McLuhan”


13.00–13.40 Andres Kurg – On the reception of Buckminster Fuller's theories in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s.

14.00 -  Concert of New Music Ensemble of EAMT and Estonian Ensemble of Electronic Instruments (Chamber hall C-405)

Udo Kasemets "Primeku"  (2004)
Udo Kasemets "Tt - tribute to Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, John Cage" (1968)
Udo Kasemets "Lun(h)armonics" (1969)

Entrance: free


16.00 Mani Mazinani -  “Oracle: Udo Kasemets Speaking”

16.40–17.40 Round Table

This event is supported by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre EMTASTRA project (European Union, European Regional Development Fund, 2014-2020.4.01.16-0043).