The traditional annual meeting at the end of January for academic thinking characterising the activities of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies has undergone a change of title after thirty years and now becomes: the “IISMC Seminars: Music (and Musicologies) in the 21st Century“.
Having discarded the term “ethnomusicology”, this new title has been adopted to reflect a desire to embrace the whole field of contemporary musical cultures and practices in a comparative approach typical of the Institute. The main aim is to interpret the complex contemporary phenomena of musical creativity and the circulation of music on an intercultural scale by broadening the horizons of the discipline of ethnomusicology, which sets out to study contemporary musical processes worldwide. This year the specific theme of the seminar is a reflection on the concepts of micromusics and macromusics, in an approach that compares musical practice developed in specific micro-communities in complex societies (at times bound to a particular place, but also delocalised and active on the web) and sound and music globalisation processes.
The seminar will be attended by leading international ethnomusicologists but also composers and musicians from various traditions: Asian music, European and American contemporary music and jazz. Through exchanges of views, the seminars set out to provide a better understanding of the complex processes of the development, transformation and convergence of musical genres in the 21st century.
The seminar is open to the public.
Thursday 28th January 2016
Friday 29th January 2016
Saturday 30th January 2016
Discussant: Giorgio Adamo (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)
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