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UCD School of Music presents a Seminar Series in Ethnomusicology - the study of music in culture.

After the foundation of the Turkish Republic (1923), Turkish vocalists were obliged to abandon the didactic methods associated with their Ottoman past and to adopt a conservatory system of vocal instruction, a system that was suited to the westernising interests of a new republican elite. While this transformation did not go unchallenged, the legacy of these reforms is evident today in Turkish musical institutions where a western system of musical education is favoured
over traditional methods of oral transmission (known as mesk).
Conceived as a modernising break with tradition, the new method is consistent with a larger series of revolutionary reforms embracing many aspects of Turkish life, reforms that attempted to change the Turkish present by making a conscious break with the Turkish past.

Dr. John Morgan O'Connell presents “A Lesson in History: Learning the Past at the Turkish Music Conservatory” on Thursday 3 Nov 2005.

Dr O'Connell is a Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick. He is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, Oxford University and the University of California (Los Angeles), where he completed his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology on Turkish classical music. He has taught ethnomusicology at Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi (Turkey), Otago University (New Zealand), and the Queen’s University (Northern Ireland). He was recently awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to
conduct research into Central Asian expressive culture at Brown University in association with the Aga Khan Foundation. In 2004, he hosted the 15th ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) Colloquium in Ireland.

Other seminars in the series include:

Thursday 10 Nov 2005
Dr Suzel Ana Reily presents "Remembering the Baroque Era: historical consciousness, local identity and the Holy Week celebrations in a former mining town in Brazil"

Thursday 17 Nov 2005
Ms Deirdre Healy presents “Music and Gender in Japan”

Thursday 24 Nov 2005
Dr. Hwee San Tan presents “Sounds of the Human World: Globalising New Buddhist Music as an Expression of Spirituality”

For more information please visit the UCD School of Music website.

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