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Diaspora Sounds: Innovation and Creativity in Music Learning and Performance

Tuesday, April 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Diaspora Sounds: Innovation and Creativity in Music Learning and Performance

Friday 1st June 2018, 9:30am to 6:30pm

Richard Hoggart Building 167, Goldsmiths, University of London

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. The symposium will provide an opportunity for engagement and dialogue between academics and musicians involved in teaching and performance to develop new perspectives.

The symposium is convened by Jasmine Hornabrook and sponsored by the Institute for Music Research (IMR) and the Asian Music Unit (AsMU) at Goldsmiths.


For more information, see https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=11448

The symposium is free to attend, but please register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diaspora-sounds-symposium-tickets-44884908971


Preliminary Schedule of the day:

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 both 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 trasnational setting: Can researchers, film makers and musicians create a common narrative?

Ulrike H. 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/Tea

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 discussion 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 collaboration between artists-in-residence at Goldsmiths

                             - Lili Suparli and Rudi Mukhram from West Java, Indonesia - and South

                             Indian percussionists from Tarang.

For more information, contact Jasmine Hornabrook - jasmine.hornabrook@gmail.com

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