Music Cultures

The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI)

THEME: The Changing Identity and Sustainability of the Music-Cultures and Worldviews of the Riau Islands’ Sedentary Malays and Sea Nomads/ Perubahan Identitas dan Kelanjutan Budaya Musik dan Pandangan Hidup Orang Melayu Tetap dan Orang Suku Laut di Kepri.

SUB-THEME: Sound, Body Movement and Hierarchy in the Arts of the Riau Archipelago

Dates: Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th January, 2015

Place: The Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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Recently a growing literature has emerged on the phenomena of sound and body movement in relation to the human emotions and senses, but it has not dealt adequately with the emotional and sensual effects of sound and body movement among musicians, dancers, martial artists, theatre performers and their audiences. Nor has it fully explored the musical arts as stylistic expressions of the hierarchy, power, powerless-ness and anomie that may be found in a society’s class structure and the changing class relationships in its history.

This Symposium explored the relationships between music, dance, theatre, political hierarchies, the emotions, the senses and traditionally acceptable behaviour. These relationships were mentioned in the Malay literature between the 15th and the 20th centuries and are still strongly apparent among the descendants of the nobility, sea nomads and commoners to this day in the Riau Archipelago. The Symposium also explored recent artistic and socio-political change.

The keynote address was delivered by Professor Leonard Andaya of the University of Hawaii.

Other speakers included Professor Barbara Andaya (University of Hawaii), Professor Margaret Kartomi (Monash University), Associate Professors Cynthia Chou (University of Copenhagen), Manolete Mora (University of New South Wales), Associate Professor Nicholas Long (University of London), Dr Geoffrey Benjamin (Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Nanyang Technological University), Dr Vivienne Wee (Singapore), Dr Karen Kartomi Thomas (Monash University), Harry Aveling (Monash University), Bronia Kornhauser MA (Monash University), Jennifer McCallum (University of London), Syafaruddin (Department of Culture, Tanjungpinang), and Nathan Porath (Walailak University, Nakhon Sri Thamarat).

A special Exhibition of Indonesia’s Malay Arts was officially opened at a reception by the Consul-General of Indonesia, Ibu Dewi Savitri Wahab, on Wednesday 14th January from 4-5pm. The Exhibition was open to the public from 14-28th January 2015.

More information on the exhibition (PDF)…

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