Reports from ICTM Study Groups

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Reports from ICTM Study Groups


Applied Ethnomusicology

by Klisala Harrison, Study Group Chair

The fourth business meeting of ICTM's applied ethnomusicology study group (AESTG) was held on 18 July 2011 as part of the 41st ICTM World Conference in St. John's, Canada. It was hosted by outgoing Chair Svanibor Pettan together with outgoing Vice Chair Klisala Harrison, and was attended by more than forty ICTM members.

A review of scholarly accomplishments associated with the AESTG highlighted the volume of peer-reviewed articles Applied Ethnomusicology: Historical and Contemporary Approaches (2010, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) [Editor's Note: see page 53 for details.] edited by Klisala Harrison, Elizabeth Mackinlay and Svanibor Pettan. Forthcoming publications of the study group include a collection of essays, which is being edited by Eric Martin Usner and developed from the 2nd AESTG symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam in July 2010. Study group members provided synopses of recent applied ethnomusicology publications and projects including those of Manfred Bartmann, Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Kirsty Gillespie, Dan Bendrups and Aaron Corn.

Panikos Giorgoudes then presented the agenda for the 3rd AESTG symposium in Nicosia, Cyprus. The symposium will take place at the University of Nicosia on 18-22 April 2012. For further details, please see the Call for Papers in this Bulletin.

The meeting concluded with elections of a new study group executive. Klisala Harrison was elected as Chair while Samuel Araújo became Vice Chair and Britta Sweers, Secretary. Founding chair Svanibor Pettan was warmly thanked for his work on the AESTG and for his ongoing contributions to applied ethnomusicology.

Folk Musical Instruments

by Gisa Jähnichen, Study Group Chair

The 18th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Folk Musical Instruments took place in Stubicke Toplice, a small spa town 30 km north of Zagreb. About 60 participants from 15 countries gathered in the hotel Matija Gubec for the 2011 meeting, held during 13-17 April.

The main organiser was our Study Group member Irena Miholic, supported by the Institut za etnologiju I folkloristiku and other local institutions. The programme consisted of 35 paper presentations, an exhibition of musical instruments for educational purposes, a film screening session, two workshops, an excursion that included the opening of the exhibition 'The Skill of Making Traditional Instruments Today' in the Ethnological Museum Staro Selo (Old Village) Kumrovec and a detailed visit to the Krapina Neandertal Museum as well as performances in the castle Orsic (Gornja Stubica) and during dinner time. The meeting was professionally prepared. There were neither technical nor administrative problems so that all participants were able to enjoy the excellent facilities and the relaxed atmosphere of the spa hotel. Many thanks go to Irena Miholic, her colleagues and her friends.

Papers submitted fell into the two main topics announced in the foregoing call for papers: 'Instrumental Melodies and Voice Construction', and 'Rural Musical Instruments in the 21st Century'. Additionally, new researches were presented.

Topic I: Instrumental Melodies and Voice Construction

Lujza Tari opened the first session with a historical overview on this topic in her paper entitled 'Some effects of vocal and instrumental music on each other: identities and differences'. She was followed by Miroslav Stojislavjevic referring to 'Gusle - the sound of Serbian epic poetry - perspectives of the tradition in modern Serbian society'. Nana Zeh-talked about the Cuica, whereas Gisa Jähnichen's paper focused on Khmu flute songs and Rewadee Ungpho on 'Pi Nai and Saw Sam Sai: the Special Instruments Imitating the Vocal Solo'. The paper of Margaret Kartomi 'Interaction between Violin (Biola) and Vocal Melody in Malay Sea Songs along Sumatra's Coast' could not be held at the meeting' due to personal reasons, but it will be published in the next issue of Studia Instrumentorum Musicae Popularis II (New Series).

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