Call for Proposals
Study Day on intercultural music: Bali-Quebec and Beyond
23 May 2017
Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et recherche en musique (OICRM) La Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal
This Study Day takes as its starting point the music of composers of concert music in Quebec who, beginning in the early 1970s, became spellbound by the gamelan musical traditions of Indonesia, particularly that of the island of Bali. Composers such as José Evangelista (1943), Gilles Tremblay (1932), John Rea (1944), and the best-known composer of their cohort, Claude Vivier (1948-1983), travelled to the region and studied with local masters and subsequently produced a considerable corpus of works inspired by the structure and sonorities of gamelan repertoire, including Vivier’s Pulau Dewata (1977) and Evangelista’s Ô Bali (1989). The day also expands outward to encompass other transcultural gestures in contemporary music, including the works commissioned by the Evergreen Club Gamelan, and Sandeep Bhagwati’s intertraditional music and contemporary concert music in Asian regions including Bali, to give but a few examples.