Innovation and Creativity in Music Learning and Performance
This one-day symposium will bring together academics and musicians to discuss innovation and creativity in diasporic music learning and performance. Cutting across disciplinary boundaries and across sectors, Diaspora Sounds will address current musical practices in diasporic communities in the UK, with a focus on Asian diasporas. What issues are being experienced and expressed through experimental musical projects? How is diasporic learning and performance impacted by austerity and the reinforcement of national borders? The symposium will provide an opportunity for engagement and dialogue between academics and musicians involved in teaching and performance to develop new perspectives.
Although there will be a focus on music in Asian diasporas, papers and discussions will not be limited to this area. This is an interdisciplinary event and we particularly encourage PhD students and early career researchers from a variety of backgrounds to enter discussions with musicians and arts organisations.
This is a free event, please visit the following Eventbrite page to register your attendance:
9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
10:10 – 11:40 Session 1
Music and Gestures: Intercultural Music-making for the Korean Taegum Flute
Hyelim Kim (Bath Spa University/SOAS)
‘Undone’ by Tarang: A new hybrid genre for a global diaspora
Alok Nayak (University of Liverpool)
Becoming Subbulakshmi and Nagarathanammal’s Dream
Priya Srinivasan (University of Melbourne)
11:40 – 11:55 Break
11:55 – 12:40 Keynote by Prof Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of
12:40 – 13:40 Lunch (not provided)
13:40 – 15:40 Session 2
The King is back home! Music encounters between Africans from boths sides of the ocean
Eugenio Giorgianni (Royal Holloway, University of London)
The Sonic Intimacies of Jungle Pirate Radio
Malcolm James (University of Sussex)
Malagasy musicians in diasporic and transnational setting: Can researchers, film makers and musicians create a common narrative?
Ulrike Meinhof (University of Southampton)
East to East? South Indian classical music on the periphery of mainstream arts
Mithila Sarma (musician and artistic director of the zerOclassikal project)
15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break
16:10 – 17:30 Panel discussion: Diasporic Music, Cultural Diversity and Arts Funding
Introduction by panel chair Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Followed by presentations and discussions by:
Kiruthika Nadarajah (Raga Room)
An-Ting Chang (Chinese Art Now)
Errol Francis (Culture&)
17:30 – 17:40 Closing remarks
17:40 – 18:00 Drinks
18:00 – 18:30 Performance: A collaborative performance by artists-in-residence at Goldsmiths - Lili Suparli Rudi Mukhram from West Java, Indonesia - and South Indian Percussionists from Tarang.
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