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19th CHIME, Geneva, 21-25 October 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Studebaker
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Tightly packed programmeat 19th CHIME, Geneva, 21-25 October 2015


Online registration for our upcoming CHIME meeting on 'The new face of Chinese music' in Geneva is now possible at http://www.chime2015.org Our call for papers has triggered an even bigger response than last year’s meeting in Aarhus (Denmark). Let’s hope that this edition will be equally inspiring and joyful. The dates are 21 to 25 October, 2015, the location is the Haute école de musique de Genève. The meeting will be hosted by the Haute école de musique in cooperation with the Confucius Institute of the University of Geneva.

We look forward to an instructive, tightly-packed conference with some 60 papers and panels, featuring prominent musicians as well as music scholars, music-educational specialists and general aficionados of Chinese music. We also expect to greet several prominent composers of new music currently active in the People's Republic or abroad. Rural and classical Chinese traditions will also be represented, from rowdy music for village weddings and funerals to high-brow refined southern balladry and solo music for zithers and lutes.

The conference is partly intended as an overall assessment of the current state of affairs in Chinese music, and it will address the entire spectrum of music in (or of) China, from rural traditional to conservatory styles, from avant-garde to pop and rock, from ethnic to import traditions. For more on the conference theme, and on practical arrangements, including accommodation, you can check http://www.chime2015.org

Participants will be treated to a welcome reception, a conference dinner and an afternoon excursion to the Confucius Institute, beautifully located on the shores of Lake Geneva, with a view of the distant Mont Blanc.

We expect to schedule a number of concerts, including one with nanyin (classical southern balladry) with Cai Yayi and her ensemble from Quanzhou, and an evening with The Shanghai Sinfonietta, with conservatory-style traditional as well as avant-garde compositions. Indoors or outdoors, depending on weather conditions, we will also offer a platform for rural ritual music and poppy sounds by the exhilarating and innovative shawm band Yi Jia Ren (from Henan and Shanbei). If synthesizers and shawms do not sound to you like a good combination, wait until you've heard them. At various moments in the programme we will offer qin and other classical solo music with Tse Chun Yan (Hong Kong), pipa player Yu Lingling (Geneva) and a host of other fine performers in both traditional and new pieces. Be prepared for the unexpected! The full programme is currently still under discussion. A preliminary conference schedule will be issued in the course of August. Join us in Geneva for a splendid event, and please consider to register early. This is especially important for any participants who depend on visas to enter Switzerland. For information concerning registration, you may also at all times contact Ms. Rhaissa Cerqueira at the conference office in Geneva via email:chime2015.hem@hesge.ch

The conference site (http://www.chime2015.org) and the homesite of Chime (www.chimemusic.nl) will include regular updates on the event.

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