Western Sydney University
Music & Music Therapy Discipline Research Seminars 2020
Something Inexplicably Subtle: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Lateral Thinking
‘something so inexplicably subtle that it can only be felt deep in the heart…[it] comes down from heaven to stay in the human mind…It touches the heart of everyone…and activates his spirit’ (gayageum master, Hwang Byung-ki, 2002)
‘a misty compass for creation in the core of my being’ (architect, Hiroshi Naito, 2014)
I am struck by the intimate rumblings of sound as heaven touches earth in Korean gayageum sounds, as paralleling East Coast Australian Sydney bush sounds, where its alive stillness surprises me—angular branch rhythms shimmer in the still pond momentary ripples and frogs’ boisterously lopsided rhythmic exchanges cut chunkily through the air. As creatives we move from the mysterious ‘misty compass’ for our spiritual, or ‘affective flux’ expressions within the materiality of sound, crossing landscape borders of Naito’s figurative and literal landscapes. In what ways can we connect and enrich each other in intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges?
Bruce Crossman, Discipline/Professional Field Leader, Music & Music Therapy
Seminar 1: Thursday, 5-6.30pm, 15 October 2020—Zoom link
Improvisatory Flow as Practice-led Research Energies beyond Borders: Migration between Argentina, Australia, United Kingdom and Korea towards finding Creative Moments and Affective Fluxes of Connection in Sound
Chair: A/Prof Bruce Crossman (Discipline/Professional Field Leader, Music & Music Therapy); panelists: Professor Roger Dean (MARCS), Joseph Tabua (HDR, SHCA), Dr Andrew Milne (MARCS/SHCA), Felix Dobrowohl (MARCS), Jo Truman (HDR, SHCA), and special guest Dr Gerardo Dirié, Head of Composition, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
The session features creative collaborations between WSU research teams Dean-Tabua and Milne-Truman, and special guest, the Argentinean-born Australian composer Dr Gerardo Dirié’s electroacoustic collaboration with Korean musicians taegŭm performer Hyelim Kim and singer Dami Im. Here, electronically refracted nature’s stillness and taegŭm membrane beauty vibrate as one pulse of life.
Seminar 2: Thursday, 5-6.30pm, 22 October 2020—Zoom link
Heaven-to-Earth Inspiration 1: Gugak Performers & Australian Composers: Crossing cultural borders electronically between Korea and Australia to explore the inexplicably subtle pulses of sound that stir from heaven and connect human hearts creatively
Chair: Associate Professor Sally Macarthur (SHCA, Director of Academic Programme, Music); panelists: Dr Waldo Garrido (SHCA) with special guests Professor Yi Ji-young (Korean Music Department, Seoul National University) and Dr Hyelim Kim (Visiting Research Fellow, Bath Spa University, UK)
Creatives: Joe Tabua (electric guitar) and Jess Irish (voice/violin) with research students in traditional Korean music—Gugak—Yoon Ha-young (gayageum) and Park Si-hyun (haegeum)
Waterways: Joe Tabua (electric guitar) & Yoon Ha-young (gayageum)
Breath: Jessica Irish (violin) & Park Si-hyun(haegeum); duration: 5.07
Seminar 3: Thursday, 5-6.30pm, 26 November 2020—Zoom link
Heaven-to-Earth Inspiration 2: Gugak Performers & Australian Composers: Crossing cultural borders electronically between Korea and Australia to explore the inexplicably subtle pulses of sound that stir from heaven and connect human hearts creatively
Chair: Dr Eve Duncan (former Executive Member, Asian Composers League); panelists: Dr Kate Fagan (HCA, Director, Writing and Society Research Centre);Mr Vincent Tay (Film, SHCA) with special guest Prof. Kim Sngkn (Professor of Composition, College of Music, Seoul National University)
Translator: Dr Hyelim Kim (Visiting Research Fellow, Bath Spa University, UK)
Creatives: Robert Moss (guitar, voice), Jin-ju Yang (gayageum),Alex Frendo (guitar) and Waldo Garrido (electronics/bass) with research students in traditional Korean music—Gugak—Chuljin Kim (gayageum), Soojeong Ko (haegeum) and Eonhwa Lee (gayageum)
Holding the Gates Between Heaven and Earth: Alex Frendo (guitar/electronics), Waldo Garrido (bass/electronics) & Chuljin Kim (gayageum)
Korean Women’s Folksongs from Chungcheong Province: Jinju Yang (gayageum) & Soojeong Ko (haegeum)
Two Faces: Robert Moss (guitar) & Eonhwa Lee (gayageum)
Something Inexplicably Subtle: Special Guests: Seminar 2
Yi Ji-young is considered one of the most important Korean gayageum players of our time with a legacy stretching from traditional sanjo to contemporary avant-garde repertoire. Her level of excellence is attested to by performances across the world at the highest levels, including the National Gugak Centre (Korea), Edinburgh Festival, France’s MIDEM (key industry event), and important orchestras such as Shanghai Orchestra, Kyoto Orchestra, Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, KNM Ensemble Berlin and leader of the CMEK (Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea). She is currently a professor of Gayageum Performance at Seoul National University—Korea’s leading university.
Hyelim Kim is a world-renown traditional Korean taegumperformer and intercultural improviser, who is a Visiting Research Fellow, Bath Spa University (UK). She has worked with Australia’s leading intercultural improvisers including Simon Barker (drums) and Peter Knight (trumpet) and collaborates with leading musicians all over the world, recently performing on BBC Radio 3 with Nils Frahm and Ghostpoet as part of Late Junction Sessions. She has also graced the stage at the London Jazz Festival and Omi World Music Concert (New York) using her instrument to promote exchange with a wide-variety of musical cultures.
Gerardo Dirié is a world-renown composer who has had many awards and performances in the United States, Latin America and Europe. In July 1994, he was a prize winner in the National Tribune of Electroacoustic Music in Argentina. As a result, his piece Tu casa o este océano was selected for performance at the 1994 International Tribune of Electroacoustic Music in Paris and at the International Tribune of Composers (UNESCO) in Finland. Dirié has been very active in bringing Latin American art music to a wider audience, especially as Assistant Director of Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center. He is currently serving as Head of Composition, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia.
Registration Details: Seminar 2
|Organiser: Bruce Crossman
for Zoom link
|Seminar 2: Thursday, 5-6.30pm, 22 October 2020—Zoom link
Heaven-to-Earth Inspiration 1: Gugak Performers & Australian Composers
Something Inexplicably Subtle: Special Guests: Seminar 3
Sngkn Kim is a highly respected composer and cultural organiser who is currently a professor of composition at the Institute for Traditional Music at Seoul National University.He studied Korean traditional music at Seoul National University. After graduation he moved to Berlin in order to study composition with György Kurtag and Paul-Heinz Dittrich at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music (Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler). In the early 90s, the young composition student had a fateful encounter with eminent composer Isang Yun, who spent the last years of his life in Berlin. Since then, Kim has made an effort to preserve and promote the legacy of the world’s most influential Korean composer. Back from Germany, he played a crucial role in the foundation of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF).
Dr Kate Fagan is the Director, Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She is an internationally recognised poet and songwriter whose third collection of poetry First Light (Giramondo, 2012) was short-listed for both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and The Age Book of the Year Award. Her album Diamond Wheel won the National Film and Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording. Current research projects include an extended study of Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann and a book-length manuscript of poems called Song in the Grass.
Vincent Tay is an Associate Lecturer in Media Arts Production,Western Sydney University and Company Director, Filigree Films. He is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and producer. His film credits include LIGHT (dir. Kosta Nikas) winner Best Experimental Film, LA Shorts Fest 2011; WHY DO YOU WANT TO SEE MY FACE (dir. Iqbal Barkat) screened at NY African Diaspora Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival; 30½ (dir. Phoenix Liu) winner best Foreign Romantic-Drama, 17th Indie Gathering International Film Festival, USA and Nominee for Best Cinematography.
Dr Eve Duncan is an Australian composer active throughout Asia, especially in her work as Vice-President/ founder of the Melbourne Composers League and as a former Executive Member, Asian Composers League. Her involvement in southeast Asia since 1995 has been pivotal in the development of her Australian voice. Her music has been performed at the Asian Composers League Conference and Festivals in Taiwan (1998 & 2015), Thailand (2002 & 1995), the Philippines (2015 & 1997), Israel (2004), Korea (2009 & 2002), Vietnam (2016) and at the 1999 ISCM Festival (Romania), Asian Music Week (Japan), and the IAWM Festival (Korea).
Registration Details: Seminar 3
|Organiser: Bruce Crossman
for Zoom link
|Seminar 3: Thursday, 5-6.30pm,
26 November 2020—Zoom link
Heaven-to-Earth Inspiration 2: Gugak Performers & Australian Composers