First International Conference On Analytical Approaches To World Music



February 20-21, 2010
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Today we witness an unprecedented level of interaction between cultures inhabiting diverse regions throughout the world. Thanks to the ever-growing level of musical exchange facilitated by ease of travel, electronic media, and increased access to information, there now exists a vast network of cross-cultural engagement between various musical traditions and cultures of a magnitude that is unparalleled in human history.

This conference seeks to expand the potentials for musical analysis from a cross-cultural perspective by applying diverse theoretical and analytical concepts to repertoires outside the Western art music tradition. It is our hope that by bringing together analysts from a broad range of conceptual and cultural traditions, new modes of musical description and understanding may emerge that are capable of navigating the multicultural soundscape of the twenty-first century.

We welcome submissions that examine world musical traditions from a wide variety of analytical and theoretical perspectives. These may include but are not limited to: the adaptation of analytical approaches usually associated with Western art music to address various world music traditions; the use of indigenous analytical tools and strategies to characterize particular musical styles and genres; and the development of "hybrid" analytical systems and theories that integrate the aforementioned approaches.

Papers in English, not exceeding 20 minutes duration (plus 10 minutes for discussion), should emphasize analytical and/or theoretical issues pertinent to a particular musical culture. Reflection should be backed up with concrete analytical examples.

Proposals for individual papers, not exceeding 700 words (excluding examples) together with a short biography should be sent or emailed to:

Margaret Farrell (Program Committee Chair)
Ph.D./D.M.A Programs in Music
The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Submission deadline: October 1, 2009.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email on November 1.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Michael Tenzer and Kofi Agawu.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion, performance workshops, and a world music concert followed by an open jazz jam session led by University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty.

For additional information regarding conference planning and organization at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, please contact:

Kalin Kirilov (
Rob Schultz (
Lawrence Shuster (