Transforming African Music Cycles in 12 Easy Steps, Michael Tenzer

Séminaire du CREM

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Lundi 02 Mars 2015 14:00 - 16:00
Salle 308F du LESC (3e étage)
MSH Mondes (bât. Ginouvès)
21, allée de l’Université, Nanterre


Avec Michael Tenzer, ethnomusicologue, Professeur à l’University of British Columbia.
Seminaire Tenzer
This paper, an exercise in speculative music theory, studies two African cyclical structures of very different origins and hypothesizes deep structural connections between them. Rhythm and grouping, and the idea of directed compositional process—specifically, the process of transposition—are considered.  I depart from a hunch that the cycles, even with different numbers of pulsations or available pitch-classes, can be shown to be based on compelling principles of equivalence.

The analysis juxtaposes the Zimbabwean mbira dzavadzimu tradition’s Nhema Musasa (kushaura part only) and the recording of Hindehu from the Central African Republic (Arom 1998). The presentation moves step-by-step from one piece to the other, using transformations that leave the important structural features undisturbed. The process raises questions about musical ontology and the history of compositional practice.  As for the significance of the findings, they are critically considered in light of related previous research by Kubik 1988, England 1995, Brenner 1997, and Fernando 2009.  

Michael Tenzer is Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has been active as performer, composer, and scholar. His book Gamelan Gong Kebyar: The Art of Twentieth Century Balinese Music (Chicago 2000) was the recipient of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Merriam Prize for book of the Year, and his two edited volumes on Analytical Studies in World Music (Oxford 2006, and 2011 [co-edited with John Roeder]) have helped revitalize the practice of analysis in ethnomusicology.

Son site internet: http://www.michaeltenzer.com

LESC CREM Picto C webLe séminaire du CREM (Centre de recherche en ethnomusicologie) a lieu deux lundis par mois, de 14h à 16h. Les chercheurs (doctorants compris) membres du CREM ou invités de passage y présentent leurs travaux en cours. Les présentations durent 50 minutes, et sont suivies d’une pause café et d’une heure de discussion.

Occasionnellement, le séminaire prend la forme d’un atelier rassemblant plusieurs chercheurs autour d’un thème commun. Il dure alors un après-midi ou bien une journée complète.

La participation au séminaire est ouverte à tous. Il fait par ailleurs partie du cursus des Master d’ethnomusicologie des universités Paris Nanterre et Paris 8 Saint-Denis.

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