Carlo Diaz is a composer, conductor, and concert producer; Artistic Director of the international early+new music ensemble Stile Nu, Production Coordinator for the Chicago-based International Music Foundation, and PhD candidate on the docARTES trajectory at Leiden University and the Orpheus Institute. As composition, arrangement, curation, and historiography, his work explores the concept of music as rhetorical oration through the lenses of impossible originality, unattainable authenticity, and the creativity of performance.
As a fluid development from my concept of compositional practice as the either conscious or subconscious reuse and re-processing of pre-existing materials, and from the idea that all new music is necessarily embedded with the historical, I propose a new historical mode for Early Music wherein curation, editing, and performance are fundamentally creative activities. I propose the application of recent philosophy and historical theory by Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Roland Barthes, Niall Ferguson, Paul Ricoeur, Ann Laura Stoler, and others to the practice of Early Music. My objective is both to shed the Romanticism and Modernism inherent in recent research on and performance of music written before 1800 and to suggest a new paradigm in which history operates outside of empiricism and narrativity.