Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

National Committee Report - Austria

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

National Committee Report - Austria

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At the 2007 Annual Meeting of Austria's National Committee held on December 11, 2007 in Vienna a new board with Regine Allgayer-Kaufmann, Christiane Fennesz-Juhasz, Gerd Grupe, Gerlinde Haid, Ursula Hemetek, and Thomas Nußbaumer was elected. The term of office is scheduled for two years.

The 2008 Annual Meeting was held on June 3, 2008 in Vienna. It started with a colloquium (chaired by Gerd Grupe) on the history of ethnomusicology based on a (so far unpublished) manuscript by Bruno Nettl (provided by the author's courtesy) entitled: "Ethnomusikologie aus der Sicht des Jahres 2000. Zur Geschichte unsere Faches". Bruno Nettl, unfortunately, had to cancel his participation this time.

As far as the National Committee's future activities are concerned the members acclaimed the idea of a joint Annual Meeting with the National Committees of Austria's neighbouring countries - following the example of Denmark and Sweden. Thus, for 2009 the members agreed to invite our colleagues from Slovenia to the castle of Seggau, a place in the Austrian province of Styria (near the Slovenian border).

The members of the Austrian National Committee give account of the following activities:

The Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology has participated in the organization of two symposia:

1. "Echoes of Diversity: Music from Turkey in the Diaspora", Vienna, November 23-24, 2007. The focus was on music making of immigrants from Turkey in different parts of the world. The symposium dealt with the different styles and the mechanisms of "music making" as well as the social and political background. There were inputs from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, USA, and Canada. Thus, a comparative overview concerning the state of music making by immigrants from Turkey in different regions of the world, the different ways of musical expression as well as the political framework was gained. Ursula Hemetek and Hande Saglam, who organized the symposium, are also in charge of the forthcoming publication (available by November 2008).

2. "Birth and Ritual - On the 65th Birthday of Gerlinde Haid", Bad Aussee, April 18-19, 2008. This interdisciplinary symposium approached the topic from different perspectives, among them medicine, anthropology, religion and folk music research. There were practical as well as theoretical inputs. One of the results was that musicological research on lullabies definitely should be intensified on an international level.

The Austrian members have been active in participating in several ICTM Study Group meetings. Especially "Music and Minorities" has been very well attended by Austrian ICTM members. The meeting took place in Prague, May 24 - June 1, 2008, with Ursula Hemetek, the Study Group chair, being actively involved in the preparation.

The Institute of Musicology at the University of Vienna (Regine Allgayer-Kaufmann) in cooperation with the University of Wroclaw/Poland (Bozena Muszkalska) organized an international symposium on "MusicBodyEvent", held on May 30-31, 2008 in Wroclaw/Poland.

Based on the fact that performance theories since the 1990s have drawn considerable attention to the phenomenon of embodiment, i. e. the strong presence of the human body on stage, we raised the question whether embodiment plays an important role in the performance of music, too. …

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