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Guest Ethnomusicology Lecture - Philip Yampolsky

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University of Pittsburgh Department of Music presents 

Careful Listening and What it Gets You:
Case Studies from Java & Timor, Indonesia

a public lecture in ethnomusicology by Philip Yampolsky

In this richly illustrated presentation, ethnomusicologist Philip Yampolsky advocates for careful analytical attention to the technical features of musical genres as a crucial element of study.  He offers two case studies of what one can learn from focusing on musical sounds and structures, and how this focus can then lead one out into wider realms of knowledge about society and culture.  The case studies are kroncong, an Indonesian popular music that has undergone great changes in its approximately 140-year history, and vaihoho, a genre of singing among the Fataluku of rural Timor-Leste with a highly unusual system for setting poetic texts to music. The presentation will include numerous musical examples.

 

Philip Yampolsky has been studying the music of Indonesia and its neighbors since 1971.  He recorded and edited the 20-CD Music of Indonesia series (Smithsonian Folkways, 1991-1999), writing extensive annotations for most of the volumes.  His current research projects focus on the music of Timor, and on the ways in which  Indonesian traditional music is represented, misrepresented, and unrepresented in Indonesian commercial media.  He has also been working for 40 years on a comprehensive discography of commercial recordings for the Indonesian market before 1942.

Refreshments will be provided.

 

 

Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Music Building, 302
4337 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Guest Ethnomusicology Lecture - Philip Yampolsky

University of Pittsburgh Department of Music presents 

Careful Listening and What it Gets You:
Case Studies from Java & Timor, Indonesia

a public lecture in ethnomusicology by Philip Yampolsky

In this richly illustrated presentation, ethnomusicologist Philip Yampolsky advocates for careful analytical attention to the technical features of musical genres as a crucial element of study.  He offers two case studies of what one can learn from focusing on musical sounds and structures, and how this focus can then lead one out into wider realms of knowledge about society and culture.  The case studies are kroncong, an Indonesian popular music that has undergone great changes in its approximately 140-year history, and vaihoho, a genre of singing among the Fataluku of rural Timor-Leste with a highly unusual system for setting poetic texts to music. The presentation will include numerous musical examples.

 

Philip Yampolsky has been studying the music of Indonesia and its neighbors since 1971.  He recorded and edited the 20-CD Music of Indonesia series (Smithsonian Folkways, 1991-1999), writing extensive annotations for most of the volumes.  His current research projects focus on the music of Timor, and on the ways in which  Indonesian traditional music is represented, misrepresented, and unrepresented in Indonesian commercial media.  He has also been working for 40 years on a comprehensive discography of commercial recordings for the Indonesian market before 1942.

Refreshments will be provided.

 

 

Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Music Building, 302
4337 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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