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Jordi Savell, Catalan conductor, viol player, and composer with over forty years of experience, inaugurated the Eventalks series on the 29th of August 2015. The initiative was organized by the Organisatie Oudemuziek, in close collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University and the Residenties in Utrecht programme. The series of talks took place during the Early Music Festival 2015 at TivoliVredenburg. The Eventalks consisted of a short (15 minute) spoken intervention by a thinker, scholar or teacher, accompanied by music that strives to guide us, ever so gently, towards the coming of the darkness.

“A citation of Stendhal from 1809, in which he criticises the European music of anterior times in an ironic way, will be our starting point for a reflection on how to evaluate the history of our European music. Can we speak of progress? How to explain all those forgotten centuries of great music? How can we evaluate music of other times or from other cultures doing justice to its value?” – Jordi Savell