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A lecture by Horacio Curti (Catalonia College of Music, Barcelona) | Thursday 12 September 2019   15:30 uur in room 3.01 | Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16 | Colloquium Musicologicum. A colloquium presenting current research in music from a variety of perspectives using different research methodologies.

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Date 12 September 2019
Time 00:00 - 00:00

This presentation is centered on a currently ongoing research that combines Ethnomusicology and Arts-based research and originates from the author’s own experience as professional shakuhachi player educated in Japan. Methodologically is based on literature review of sources related to diverse Japanese Arts, fieldwork process centred on interviews, and a trans-disciplinary Arts-based research process that is leading to the creation of a piece that involves movement, audio-visual and sound in progress.

The findings of the ethnomusicological research that provides theoretical depth to the re- contextualized practice-based research are going to be presented including issues related to the characteristics of sound that are cultivated and valued inside the Japanese hōgaku,邦楽, identifying a series of significant concepts that include: ma, neiro, sawari or yūgen among many others. Beyond these significant elements the concept of ‘obstacle’ is proposed as a construct that could help to develop an understanding of sound production processes favoured and at the same time the label of ‘un-pure’ is proposed to describe the general characteristics of it.

Finally, from the framework of Arts-based research, the artistic creation processes in progress and their problematics will be discussed..

Horacio Curti is Ethnomusicology Associate professor and Asian Music Program coordinator at Catalonia College of Music (Esmuc). He was educated as shakuhachi player in Japan, where he obtained his Shakuhachi master’s degree, getting his Bachelor in Ethnomusicology in Spain.

His current research involves both Ethnomusicology (Japanese Sound Aesthetics) and Arts-Based research (a trans- disciplinary creation project including dance, audio-visual and sound)

Curti has performed and taught through Europe, South and North America, and Japan. Among his works is worth mentioning his work as editor of Eolssigu! The Sounds of Korea (2017), the book chapter El Sonido de Japón (2011), the exhibition he commissioned on Korean Traditional musical practices on 2017, The audio-visual piece Eolssigu!, created together with Ariadna Pujol, that obtained the first prize for short film at the 8th International Folk Music Film Festival in Kathmandu in 2018, several solo shakuhachi albums and recently his performance as soloist with the Spanish National Orchestra.