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ICTM & SOUNDshift Daily Events (18 July)

July 17, 2011

ICTM + SOUNDshift events open to the public

Monday, July 18



CONCERT (tickets $25/15)

  • CANADA’S MANY VOICES (Monday 18 July, 8:00pm; Arts & Culture Centre) showcases cultural diversity from coast to coast.

WORKSHOPS ($10 each or 3 for $20)

  • 10:30 am-12:00 pm
    • Dance Styles in Chinese Opera – William Lau (MMAP Gallery)
    • Sámi Vocal Styles II – Frode Fjellheim and Ulla Pirttijärvi (Gallery East)
    • The Music of Matou (Irwin’s Court)
    • 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
      • Inuit Vocal Styles – Jennie Williams and Tama Fost (MMAP Gallery)
      • Newfoundland Ugly Stick Making – Grenfell Letto, with host Dale Jarvis (Irwin’s Court)

FILMS ($5 each)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM
    • Enrique Cámara de LANDA (Spain). Non morirà mai: el tango italiano en cuatro movimientos.Buenos Aires, centro feca, 2010. 74 mins
      • The history of the Italian tango is tackled in this video. The historical phases of this musical and dance genre (reception, songs during the fascist, liscio, and postmodern periods) are narrated here in Spanish language, and many documents are shown to illustrate the information provided.
      • 3:30 – 5:30 PM
        • Sandrine Loncke (France). Dance with the Wodaabes.90 minutes
          • In the heart of the Nigerien Sahel, far off the beaten “asphalt” track, thousands of Fulbe Wodaabe nomads come together every year for a vast ceremonial gathering named the geerewol. For seven full days and nights, following the solar cycle, two lineages are opposed in a genuine ritual war, with for only weapons song and dance.The stakes of war, the clear challenge: stealing women.The ultimate purpose: to break in peace after having mutually expressed recognition of cultural conformity. For the Wodaabes, this is a gathering where community links are woven. A result of ten years’ research and friendship, the film is based on an active dialogical relationship with the ritual’s protagonists who chose to disclose the deep meaning of this tradition to us, since the ecological crisis striking Sahel makes such gatherings less and less likely in the future.
          • 5:45 – 7:00 PM
            • Timothy RICE (USA). May It Fill Your Soul.55 minutes
              • This documentary film concerns two outstanding Bulgarian traditional musicians who immigrated to the United States in 2001: Ivan Varimezov, a player of the bagpipe (gaida), and his wife Tzvetanka, a singer, player of the plucked lute (tambura), and director of women’s choirs. The film documents their trajectory of success and struggle, joy and pain, nostalgia and hope. From a European point of view the main theme of this film is emigration. Since Bulgaria emerged from a 45-year period (1944-1989) of Communist-Party rule, it has experienced a huge brain drain as its best and brightest, including outstanding musicians such as the Varimezovs, have sought their fortunes abroad. Those who remain are variously curious, envious, jealous, proud, and scornful of those who have left. Since the Varimezovs are bearers of a musical tradition with strong bonds to their national identity, their leaving is particularly problematic for the nation. From an American point of view, the main theme of this film is immigration. It suggests a set of universal questions with particular answers. Why do people leave their home country? How do they adapt to their new one? Is there an emotional tension or conflict between love of home and hearth and the people they leave behind, on one hand, and the desire or necessity to make a new life in a new country, on the other? How is this tension, which seems inevitable, dealt with practically? Can it ever be resolved or does it even need to be? Can the tension be productive? What is the role of music in mediating these tensions?

PRESENTATION (free admission)

  • Keynote: Dr. Michelle Bigenho, “The Intimate Distance of Indigenous Modernity” (Monday, July 18 from 1:30-3:00pm at the Arts and Culture Centre main theatre, FREE)
    • Celebrated American ethnomusicologist and anthropologist Michelle Bigenho has been named keynote speaker as part of the 2011 International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) conference. Dr. Michelle Bigenho’s work examines the cultural politics of Bolivian music performances as they relate to nationalism, discourses of authenticity, indigeneity, folklorization, cultural property and globalization.

EXHIBIT (free admission)

  • Dr. Maud Karpeles: A Retrospective of Her Newfoundland Fieldwork, 1929 and 1930. Music Resource Centre, School of Music
    • A special exhibition on Maud Karpeles O.B.E. (1885-1976), her fieldwork in Newfoundland in 1929-30, and her contribution to the International Folk Music Council (the forerunner of ICTM) has been curated especially for ICTM 2011 by Dr. Anna Kearney Guigne. It is located in the Music Resource Centre of the School of Music. The exhibit was designed by ethnomusicologist Graham Blair.

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