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Colloquium: IICSI-MUN Colloquium, St. John’s NL
July 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 8, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Improvisation as Intercultural Contact and Dialogue is the title of an IICSI colloquium at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, July 6-8, 2016. The colloquium will explore and critique concepts of interculturality that, although forwarded as processes for peace (UNESCO) might also be seen as techniques for “cultural management.” Ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong, from the University of California Riverside, is confirmed as a keynote speaker.
Organizer Ellen Waterman hopes to bring together ethnomusicology and critical improvisation studies to look at the relationships between locally situated music cultures, and intercultural contact zones/dialogues. “With the recent establishment of a section on Improvisation (headed by Mark Laver) at the Society for Ethnomusicology,” she writes, “it seems like a very good time to bring the two fields into more explicit contact.”
The colloquium takes place during the 18th Sound Symposium festival of new music and sound (July 8-16), and there are plans to present gamelan master Ade Suparman in workshops, and discussing his own approach to interculturality in his compositions and performance group. Memorial’s Gamelan Sagara Asih will also premiere a new piece for improvisational flute and suling by Bill Brennan.