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August 31, 2011

Conference on Southeast Asian Music at UP College of Music

Conference on Southeast Asian Music at UP College of Music The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music in Diliman, Quezon City is holding a two-day conference on the broad theme, "The Impact of Music in Shaping Southeast Asian Societies" on 2-3 September 2011.

In the conference are some sixteen foreign scholars who are teaching in various universities around the world and sixteen local speakers, most of who are PhD faculty of the UP College of Music. All speakers have published on Southeast Asian music. They will read research papers on wide-ranging topics such as music in cultural exchanges in the region, the collective memory of place, national identity construction, structuring of social relations, the sustenance of local, translocal, and cosmopolitan sensibilities, and on the music of drastic social movements that reconfigured ways of building societies. Professor emeritus Dr. Ramon P. Santos of the UP College of Music will be the keynote speaker.

College and university teachers of humanities (music included), history, and social sciences are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference. Conference registration costs 2,500 pesos (inclusive of conference kit and food). A discount of 20% is offered to early bird registrants on or before 18 August, 5pm.

Two separate concerts, one on September 2 will feature the outstanding Filipina pianist who is currently teaching in Austria, Aima Labra-Makk. She will play rarely-heard contemporary music in Manila, especially by Jeno von Takacs who taught at the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music from 1932 to 1933. The other concert on September 3 will feature Arwin Tan conducting the Novo Concertante Manila, singing songs from the last half of 17h century Manila to 1986 EDSA recolution. The concert will also present pianists Augusto Espino and Lorenzo Medel who will play immortal pieces that were played in Filipino tertulias (evening salon parties) during the last half of 19th century to 1930s. The show will also feature Joey Ayala who will be render his kundiman-like pop song Walang Hanggang Paalam, and Maguindanaon kulintang artists Kanapia Kalanduyan with TUGMA, the resident Asian music ensemble of the UP.

For further details about the conference and for tickets to the accompanying concerts, please call 929.6963 (Josie) or 926.0026 (Yvette).

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