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Dialogues in Music - Africa Meets Asia

Dialogues in Music - Africa Meets Asia

Proceedings of the 2005 and 2007 International Symposia on African and Chinese Music

by Zhang Boyu, Editor in Chief.
In collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing & Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge.
Published by the MRI Press 2011. Bilingual Edition (English & Chinese)

545 pages, ISBN 978-1-933459-04-2

$35.00 per copy plus shipping 


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The idea of dialogues in music began with Africa meeting other regions of the world. However Africa need not be involved at all and a dialogue can take place between any two regions of the world. They provide a forum for bilateral discussions between two regions which is difficult to organize in the typical setup of international conferences. The first two dialogue meetings, were between Africa and China and were hosted by the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing in 2005 and 2007. Then in 2008, the CCOM took the dialogue idea further by hosting "China Meets Finland ", which demonstrates what was stated above that a dialogue can be between any two regions of the world, even though the theme of the first two was "Africa Meets China". I am happy to say that as a result of the first two dialogues, a strong bond was developed between the CCOM and music personalities in Africa and the African Diaspora. This indeed is the main objective of such bilateral events. The role of the CCOM as a pioneering institution in the dialogue series cannot be overstated because, by agreeing to host the start of the series, the CCOM made it possible to try out the main objective of bilateral meetings which, as just stated, is to create a lasting bond between the regions taking part in the meetings.

After the first two events, hosted by the CCOM in 2005 and 2007, there have been two other "Africa Meets…" dialogues in Bangalore, India (2008) and Los Angeles, California (2009). The Los Angeles event, " Africa Meets North America" (AMNA) was hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles, and was the first to take place outside Asia. It is likely that AMNA will travel to other venues and, if funds are available, may eventually travel to Africa. The history of the series so far shows that it has promise and this promise will become more fully manifested if the series generates its own steam and more people are encouraged to organize their own dialogues, whether related or unrelated to Africa.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the CCOM and others who have hosted dialogue events. I would like to express further gratitude to the CCOM for making this publication possible, thereby not only reinforcing the dialogue idea but also giving it wide circulation.

Akin Euba,
Andrew W.Mellon Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh, USA


前 言


在前两次的会议之后,即中央音乐学院于2005年和2007年组织的两次会议之后,还有另外两次"非洲与……"的对话,一次在印度的班加罗尔(2008),一次在加利福尼亚洛杉矶(2009)。洛杉矶会议"非洲—北美相遇"AMNA)是洛杉矶加利福尼亚大学组织的,是第一次在亚洲之外举行的对话活动。如果资金许可, AMNA有可能会异地举行,甚至可能在非洲举行。至今这种对话的历史显示出了一种预见性,如果这一系列对话能够生成出自己的力量,有更多的人去努力组织这种对话,无论是否与非洲相关,那么该预见性就会充分地显现出来。



梅隆基金会音乐教授 匹兹堡大学 美国

Contents (目录)

English Version (英文版)

Traditional China and African Diasporic Culture: Erhu, Apu, and the Gospel of Intercultural Exchange 

Kimasi L. Browne
Cultural Revolution and African Music: Guinea and its Legacy  Eric Charry 36
The Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts Cynthia Tse Kimberlin  ( 45 )
My Understanding of "African Pianism"  Li Xin  ( 64 )
Symphony of the Century: The Cry After 100 Years of Chinese New Music Ming Yan  ( 76 )
Music and Meaning: Some Reflections Through Personal Compositions Timothy K. Njoora ( 87 )
From the Slums of Calcutta to the Concert Halls of London: The Life and Music of Indian Composer John Mayer1930-2004 John O. Robison  (100)
Thinking About Qin Music from the Musicological Point of View: A Discussion of Qin Music Research  Wang Jianxin  (121)
Kinship and the Inheritance of Music Customs Xiang Yang  (128)
Yue (music) Gathered in Shen (Body): An Incorporated Practice Perspective on Chinese Traditional Music Xiao Mei  (151)
Four Ways of Transformation in the Development of Chinese Traditional Music Zhang Boyu (167)
A Historical Retrospective on Folk Arts Festivals: A Policy for the Preservation of Folk Music Zhang Zhentao (178)
Variations of Shi Diao (fashionable tunes) in Han Folk Songs Zhou Qingqing  (200)
Appendix 1."Schedules" (222)
Appendix 2. Abstracts (236)



Chinese Version (英文版)


基玛西·布朗 295

文化革命和非洲音乐 几内亚及其遗产

埃里克·查理 (323)
优班克音乐与艺术学院 辛西亚·芹芭林 (330)
我对非洲钢琴艺术研究的一些认识 李 昕 (345)
世纪交响中国新音乐百年奏鸣如是说 明 言 (354)

音乐与意义 个人作曲的一些感触·

迪姆西·K.诺亚 (362)

从加尔各答贫民窟走向伦敦音乐厅 印度作曲家约翰·梅耶尔(19302004)的生平及 音乐

约翰·罗宾逊 (372)
琴学的学科建设问题琐言之一 琴曲分析 王建欣 (391)
亲缘关系与音乐礼俗的承继 项阳 (395)
乐蕴于身 中国传统音乐的实践观 萧梅 (412)
中国传统音乐发展中的四种转型方法 张伯瑜 (422)

民间文艺汇演的历史反思 保护民间音乐的一项措施

张振涛 (430)
汉族民歌时调的变体 周青青 (443)
附录 两届中非音乐对话的日程安排 (461)
附录 两届中非音乐对话的论文摘要 (473)



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