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Biennial London Fiddle Conference

London, 23-25 February 2006


BIENNIAL LONDON FIDDLE CONFERENCE:

              "The Fiddle in Traditional Cultures"

Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 February 2006

at The School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], University of
London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG [nearest tube Russell Square].

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: A three-day conference with in-depth focus on
international fiddle traditions, for academics and fiddle enthusiasts
alike. It will feature formal papers together with presentations by
performers and instrument-makers.

DEFINITION: The violin has its origins in Central Asian bowed string
instruments that have moved around the world, developing in many different
ways. Because of the importance of the violin in European culture, it has
been re-exported and absorbed by other cultural traditions, often
alongside indigenous string instruments. We are interested in exploring
fiddles of all types, and relationships and contrasts between instruments
of the violin type and indigenous bowed string instruments.

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY MORNING 23 FEBRUARY: 10.30am - 12.30pm

A guided tour of the wonderful Instrument Gallery of the VICTORIA AND
ALBERT MUSEUM. Notes provided. Meet 10.15am at the front entrance.
[Nearest tube: South Kensington] Free admission. All welcome.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 23 FEBRUARY 1.30pm - 5.30pm

VENUE: SWEDENBORG SOCIETY HALL, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A [Nearest
tube: Holborn]

AGNES KORY [Béla Bartók Centre for Musicianship]: "Bartok and
Ethnomusicology: fiddle music in Bartok's ethnomusicological and
compositional output"

PEYMAN HEYDARIAN: "The violin in Persia and Kurdistan: Homage to Mojtaba
Mirzadeh" [Not confirmed]

ROB FOKKENS [South Africa]: "The Post-Colonial Violin"

ED EMERY [Univ. adversitatis]: "The Fiddle in Palestine: In Search of a
Music"

PETE COOPER [London Fiddle School]: "John Clare, Thomas Hardy and English
Fiddle Music"

And then a small musical session with tunes from the Cambridge University
Ceilidh Band folder to finish off the afternoon.

THURSDAY EVENING 23 FEBRUARY 8.00pm - 10.00pm

World Violin Concert, at the Barbican

Played by Mark O'Connor, Roby Lakatos, Sophie Solomon and Nikolaj Znaider,
with the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor François-Xavier Roth.

If you are not attending the concert, there will be an evening gathering
and musical session: Venue to be announced.

FRIDAY MORNING 24 FEBRUARY 10.30am - 1.00pm

VENUE: Media Lab, Room G61 Ground floor, SOAS Main Building

FRANCES WILKINS: "The Shetland Fiddle tradition"

THEO LAIS: "The Cretan Lyra: History and evolution"

ETTORE CASTAGNA [Nistanimera, Italy]: "The Calabrian Lyra"

MEG HAMILTON, HARRIET MACKENZIE and LAURA ANSTEE [Kosmos trio]: "Modes in
Klezmer Music and Rebetiko"

HARIS SARRIS [University of Athens]: "The relation between the Greek
bagpipe (gaida) tradition and the lyra tradition"

FRIDAY AFTERNOON 24 FEBRUARY 2.00pm to 5.00pm

VENUE: Media Lab, Room G61 Ground floor, SOAS Main Building

KYRIAKOS GOUVENTAS: "Violin Workshop: on the playing styles of Greece and
Anatolia"

SAIDA DAUKEYEVA "The Kazakh qobyz: between tradition and modernity"

LUIZ FIAMINGHI [Anima group, Brazil]: "A Fiddle Forgotten: the revival of
the Brazilian rabeca"

NICHOLAS MAGRIEL [SOAS]: "Living with the North Indian sarangi: the
intimate details"

FRIDAY EVENING 24 FEBRUARY 5.30pm to 7.00pm

VENUE: KHALILI THEATRE, Basement, SOAS Main Building

KYRIAKOS GOUVENTAS [Thessaloniki]: "The Greek Violin": An illustrated talk
continuing Kyriakos's programme of London workshops on the Greek and
Anatolian violin-playing tradition. [This event is open to the general
public. No charge for admission.]

FRIDAY EVENING 24 FEBRUARY 7.30pm to 11.00pm

VENUE: SOAS Student Union Bar, Ground Floor SOAS Main Building

                 !! MOROCCAN DANCE PARTY !!

    Featuring the HARIR BROTHERS BAND [Morocco]

With additional playing by

MEG HAMILTON, HARRIET MACKENZIE and LAURA ANSTEE [Kosmos Trio]

Licensed bar and snacks available

[Open to the general public - Admission free - A bucket collection will be
taken.]

SATURDAY MORNING 25 FEBRUARY 10.00am to 1.00pm

VENUE: KHALILI LECTURE THEATRE, Basement, SOAS Main Building

Film: "Mr Leonidas the Blind Violinist of Oxford Street"

JIM WOODHOUSE [University of Cambridge]: "Why it is so easy to play the
violin badly"

PAUL DAVENPORT [South Yorkshire]: "The Hornpipes of Joshua Burnett"

PAUL ANDERSON [University of Aberdeen]: "The Fiddle Tradition of
North-East Scotland"

SOPHIE SOLOMON: "Poison Sweet Madeira: Beyond the traditional"

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 25 FEBRUARY 2.00pm to 6.00pm

VENUE: KHALILI LECTURE THEATRE, Basement, SOAS Main Building

LATIF BOLAT [Turkey]: "The Violin in the Sufi tradition"

CAHIT BAYLAV [Nihavend group, London]: "The Violin in Turkey"

BALU RAGURAMAN: "The Violin in India"

PETE COOPER [London Fiddle School] with HEATHER TOMALA :  "The Amazing Jig
Seminar" Introduced by ED EMERY


SATURDAY EVENING 25 FEBRUARY 7.00pm to 10.00pm

VENUE: BRUNEI GALLERY THEATRE, SOAS

A CONCERT featuring our invited artists [listed alphabetically]

Paul Anderson [violin] [Scotland]
Cahit Baylav [violin] [Nihavend, London]
Latif Bolat [saz] [Turkey]
Ettore Castagna [Calabrian lyra] [Nistanimera, Italy]
Pete Cooper [fiddle] [London Fiddle School]
Luiz Fiaminghi [rabeca] [Brazil]
Vicky Gray [fiddle] and Frances Wilkins [concertina] [Shetlands]
Peet Hart [fiddle] [Nottingham]
Theo Lais and Alexi Nonis [Greece] [Cretan lyra]
Harriet Mackenzie, Meg Hamilton and Laura Anstee [Kosmos Trio, London]
Nicolas Magriel [sarangi] [SOAS]

Admission free. A bucket collection will be taken.

Before the concert and during the interval, David Rattray, Instrument
Custodian of the Royal Academy of Music, and author of "Violin Making in
Scotland 1750-1950" (BVMA forthcoming), will exhibit a fearly examples of
Scottish work and will talk about the book and forthcoming exhibitions

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY : ALL DAY

VENUE: CECIL SHARP HOUSE

On the Sunday all participants are invited to attend THE LONDON FIDDLE
CONVENTION, an all-day fiddle-playing session which will take place at
Cecil Sharp House. This is a separate event from the SOAS Fiddle
Conference.

ALSO: Please note the VIOLIN MAKERS' DAY - open exhibition at the Royal
Academy of Music, Marylebone Road - on Sunday 26 February.

This conference is an independent initiative organised with the
collaboration of the SOAS Department of Music and the AHRB Centre for
Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance.

We acknowledge the generous support of the Italian Cultural Institute,
Olympic Airlines and the Kosmos Trio

The programme may be subject to change according to circumstances. For all
inquiries please contact

ed.emery@britishlibrary.net


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