31 March 2010

Ancient dance routines, a newly created instrument called the Hang, musicneverheard before in public in Australia - these are but three highlights of the inaugural Asian Symposium at The Con in April.

"The world is getting smaller, and this symposium reflects the rapidly developing economic, cultural and social links between Australia and East Asia," comments

Professor Keith Howard, a world authority on Asian music and sounds and Associate Dean, Research at The Con.

"It is a first in the sense that it will encourage understanding and offer space to exchange ideas as well as provide a platform for fruitful discussions between scholars and musicians from our different cultures."

The theme of the Symposium, from 8-10 April, is Preserving Tradition, Facing the Future in AsianMusical and Visual Cultures.

A key objective concerns generating insights into areas of research in the preservation, interpretation and translation of traditional arts forms in the face of globalization. There will be a major focus on the survival of traditional arts of China.

Highlight events will include:

• Lectures from prominent Australian and Asian composers, academics and musicians;

• Films on journeys from Bali and Korea through Siberia to the Sidis of Gujarat;

• A concert of Korean zither, flute and drum that will also feature a celebrated dancer recreating dances rooted in shamanism and Buddhism;

• Music from China, Vietnam and elsewhere - including one of the first appearances in Australia of the "hang", a newly created instrument;

• A calligraphy exhibition and workshop co-presented with the University of Sydney Confucius Institute;

• The GATT Theatre from Taiwan playing ancient "nanguan" music;

• Workshop sessions under the title Music Networks and Colonial Modernity in Metropolitan East Asia, presented with the support of the Australian Research Council
and the School of Arts, University of New England.

"One of special guests will be a celebrated calligrapher who was lauded during the Cultural Expo at the Beijing Olympics," adds Professor Howard, who has written and/or editored 16 books and more than 100 articles on the music of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Siberia, Thailand and Siberia.

The Symposium is supported by theAustralia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

More information and registration is available at:
Or contact Elaine Chia, Manager International Development, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 9351 1214

Contact: Joanna Storti

Phone: 02 9351 1214

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