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Ca trù singing and dance at the Hanoi Opera House in 2006

Asian Music Unit

A hub for research into the diverse musical cultures of Asia

— Ca trù singing and dance at the Hanoi Opera House in 2006 Music
— Ca trù singing and dance at the Hanoi Opera House in 2006

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In line with Goldsmiths’ mission to develop its international focus, the Asian Music Unit (AsMU) is a hub for research into the diverse musical cultures of Asia and Asian diasporas in London and beyond.

AsMU brings together expertise within the Music Department and provides a platform for collaboration with other Departments and Centres at Goldsmiths that have research interests in Asian culture. Key aims of AsMU are to consolidate existing external partnerships with organizations that focus on Asian culture and develop new research collaborations and creative projects that will bring together theory, performance and creative practice.

Research projects, performances, talks, film screenings and symposia are particularly focused on the following areas: Safeguarding Heritage, Musical Revival and Cultural Policy; Diasporic and Transnational Music Cultures; Filmmaking and Music Research; Music, Politics and Censorship; Music and the Environment. 

The Unit hosts the MA in Music (Ethnomusicology) and showcases the research of leading academics, performers and composers and doctoral students. We welcome applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students.

Director: Dr Barley Norton

Forthcoming Events

8 March 2016 - Research Seminar, Professor Kevin Dawe, Current Directions in Ecomusicology

10 March 2016 - Seminar 2pm, RHB 274: filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi 'Experimentation in non-fiction filmmaking', followed by a film screening and Q&A at 5pm in RHB 309

The Asian Music Unit hosted a two day event on 'Music Learning and Performance in London's Tamil Diaspora' - an AHRC-funded research project at Goldsmiths in collaboration with the Asian Music Circuit, in May 2014, including a performance of South Indian music by three of London's Tamil musicians, who performed at Deptford Town Hall on the 8th May.

More information on the Events Calendar

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