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April 02, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - This Is Our Tradition: The Transformative Roles of Traditional Music in Post-Socialist Mongolia

by Peter Marsh, Department of Music, California State University, East Bay
Date: April 11, 2013
Time: 4:30 - 6 pm
Location: Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin

Description:
The subject of traditional music has had a surprisingly important place in nationwide "discussions" about the present place of indigenous traditions and culture in contemporary Mongolia, which have often played out on the public stages and in the national media. This presentation will explore several examples of the arguments musicians and cultural officials have made for the transformative role of traditional music in helping Mongolians understand and confront crucial problems they as a nation face in contemporary, post-socialist Mongolia.

This is the pre-concert lecture for the Opera Studio presentation of The Red Silk Thread.

Biography:
Dr. Peter K. Marsh is an ethnomusicologist and music historian who specializes in the music and culture of Mongolia and Inner Asia. He has written extensively on issues related to musical tradition and modernity in Mongolia. His latest book, The Horse-head Fiddle and the Reimagination of Tradition in Mongolia, Current Issues in Ethnomusicology Series (2009) examines the development of two-string folk fiddles and their "folklorization" in Mongolia in the past century. He is currently Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at California State University, East Bay.

Posted by zzhu at April 2, 2013 02:32 PM