Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Philip Gowman on 3 April, 2017

in Event Notices, Korean traditional music, Percussion, SOAS, Talks and seminars

Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues.

Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings
18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North Gower Street
19 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings
Attendance free and open to the public, but Registration required via SOAS website

Presence thru sound

“Place” holds an ongoing significance in East Asian music: from the maintenance of musical traditions and the recent highlighting of East Asian music in national and international systems of intangible cultural heritage, to the global interest in K-Pop and its equivalents in China and Japan.

Over two days, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese scholars and musicians – from East Asia, and from Europe and Australia – will come together to explore through talks and performances innovative ways of understanding how place and music are conceptualised, interconnected, expressed, refused and reinterpreted in music from or related to East Asia.

Tuesday 18 April, Room 116 (SOAS, Main Building)
09.30–09.45: Welcome, Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London)
09.45–10.15: Place and locality in Myōan shakuhachi, and the changing reality in modern Japan, Kiku Day (Aarhus University)
10.15–10.45: A Historical Overview of Succession and Modernization in Classical Gayageum Techniques, Yi Ji-Young (Seoul National University)
10.45–11.15: Ritual Diamonds: New rhythmic strategies for creative engagement with traditional Korean drumming, Chris Hale (Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne)
11.15–11.30: Tea break
11.30–12.00: Running chants: Microtiming through the use of Korean inspired rhythmic procedures, Simon Barker (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney) *by video link…
12.00–12.30: Discussion
12.30–13.45: Lunch break
13.45–14.15: ‘The radio channel which receives the wave’ – How Altai Urianghai tsuur melodies conflate spiritual and historical ‘space’ in Mongolia, Rebekah Plueckhahn (University College London)
14.15–14.45: A Pacific Oasis in the Orient: Seoul’s Walker Hill Shows, 1962–2012, Roald Maliangkay (Australian National University)
14.45–15.15: Lingering Across the Ocean, Rooted on the Island: Indigenous Music as the Beacon of Taiwan’s Identification, Teoh Yang Ming (National Taitung University/SOAS, University of London)
15.15–15.45 Discussion
15.45–16.15: Tea/Coffee break
16.15–16.45: The sonic habitus of silk and wood: Gugak’s 21st century terrain, Hilary Finchum-Sung (Seoul National University)
16.45–17.15: Developing a Sense of Place through Minorities’ Traditional Music in Contemporary China, Ning Ying (Xi’an Conservatory of Music)
17.15–17.45: The alphabetical order of things: The language of place and the place of language in Tibetan song, Gerald Roche (University of Melbourne)
17.45: Discussion
Tuesday 18 April, Club Inégales (180 North Gower Street, NW1 2NB)
19.00–22.00: Presence Through Sound: Elements of Asia, featuring Yi Ji-young (gayageum), Hyelim Kim (daegeum) and Kiku Day (shakuhachi), with Kim Jihye (janggo).
Doors open at 7pm, music from 8pm.
Wednesday 19 April, Room 116 (SOAS, Main Building)
09.30–10.00: Music-making in intercultural ensembles, Hyelim Kim (SOAS, University of London)
10.00–10.30: Centralizing creativity: Beijing in the contemporary pipa world, Lulu Liu (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney)
10.30–10.50: Discussion
10.50–11.10: Tea break
11.10–11.40: The place of performance and the social context of a festival: Kasuga wakamiya onmatsuri, from the manifestation of religious authority to a local expression of cultural identity, Terauchi Naoko (Kobe University)
11.40–12.10: Place as Brand: The Construction of Contemporary Traditional Music in South Korea, Hee-sun Kim (National Gugak Center, Seoul)
12.10–12.30: Discussion
12.30–12.45: Signing of ’Memorandum of Understanding’ between SOAS, University of London, and the National Gugak Center, Seoul
12.45–14.00: Lunch break
14.00–14.30: Bringing the Past to Life: Creating and Contesting Place in Kunqu Singing Practices, Min Yen Ong (SOAS, University of London)
14.30–15.00: The shifting strength of place in contemporary big song singing from southwestern China, Catherine Ingram (University of Sydney)
15.00–15.30: Embodying A Gendered Singing: Sheng musics and places in Chinese Local Operas, Huang Wan (Shanghai Conservatory of Music)
15.30–16.00: Discussion
16.00–16.15: Tea/Coffee break
16.15–16.45: Pure Land on Earth: Music and Place in Buddhist Ritual Expression in Taiwan, Sylvia Huang (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney)
16.45–17.15: Sounding Korea, Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London)
17.15–17.45: Discussion, and Brief reports on papers/book chapters by people unable to attend (Joseph Browning (University of Melbourne) Hugh de Ferranti (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Anne McLaren (University of Melbourne), Anna Yates-Lu (SOAS, University of London))
17.45–18.00: Closing Remarks, and the next steps…

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