Images (from left): Qurbonshoi Qurbonsho (Tajikistan), Jin Hi Kim (USA – South Korea), Ephraim Amu (Ghana)

Music Department Colloquium Series

Wednesdays | 4:30–6:00pm | Zoom (unless otherwise noted)

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Music Department Colloquium: Michael Frishkopf—“Music for Global Human Development Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia: Theory, Method, and Impact”
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 4:30pm
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Michael Frishkopf is Professor of Music, Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Communication and Cultural Studies, at the University for Development Studies (Ghana). His talk will outline Music for Global Human Development, a theoretical, activist ethnomusicology fostering human development through sustainable, music-centric, collaborative projects, drawing on case studies from Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Music Department Colloquium: Jin Hi Kim—“Komungo Abroad in the Digital Age: No Boundary between Ancient and Contemporary”
Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

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Jin Hi Kim is an innovative komungo (fretted board zither) virtuoso, a Guggenheim Fellow composer, and a United States Artists Fellow who teaches Korean Drumming and Creative Music at Wesleyan University. One of the first women to study the 4th-century Korean komungo, she has developed the world’s only electric komungo and performed her Living Tones compositions with leading contemporary musicians around the world. Her works reflect and challenge the multicultural and technological nature of American society. A recipient of numerous national and international awards and fellowships, she has been described as “a musical philosopher and radiator of electricity” (GRAMMY.com).The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Music Department Colloquium: Richard K. Wolf—“Wakhi Poetic Imagination in Tajikistan and Afghanistan”
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:30pm
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Richard K. Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies at Harvard University, is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, and photographer who has conducted research in South and Central Asia. His presentation will draw from his research with Wakhi bards in Tajikistan and Afghanistan featured in his film Two Poets and a River (2020). The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Music Department Colloquium: Florian Carl—“Ghana Gospel: Christian Popular Music, Ritual Performance, and Digital Media in 21st-Century West Africa”
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 4:30pm
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Florian Carl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and currently a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His talk will explore the Ghanaian gospel phenomenon at the intersection of popular culture, religious ritual, and everyday life, tracing indigenous forms of Christian popular music through a range of media, performance, and reception contexts. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Music Department Colloquium: Anya Shatilova—“Nizovaia Traditsiia and The Great Russian Orchestra: National Identity and Music in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia”—and Manuel J. Perez III—“Unmanifest Merging: Compositional Structures for (Communal) Reflection, Healing, Actualization, and Embodiment”
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 4:30pm
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Anya Shatilova is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. Her paper will focus on Vasilii Vasil’evich Andreev’s project of modernizing Russian plucked lutes—domra and balalaika—in late Imperial Russia. Manuel J. Perez III is a second-year M.A. Composition student at Wesleyan University. His talk will explore the relationship between artwork and the artist’s conception of self and lived experience through an analysis of his selected compositions. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Music Department Colloquium: Felicia Sandler—“African Art Music: The Case of Dr. Ephraim Amu”
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 4:30pm
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Felicia Sandler is a composer teaching at the New England Conservatory. Her scholarship centers on the music of Ghanaian composer Dr. Ephraim Amu, recognized as the “Father of Ghanaian art music,” and the architect of the regional choral idiom. Her presentation will introduce and analyze music from various periods of Amu’s activity, demonstrating how the composer created a cohesive expression that was novel, fresh, Ghanaian and, simultaneously, his own. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.