Conference

Charles University Prague, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Musicology, Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Institute of Music Theory, Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2014, www.komuso.cz and 108 Hz
call for participation at international musicology colloquium

Shakuhachi: Facing popularity

Is an endeavour for expansion of independent art a justifiable reason for possible debasement of artistic standards, or is this price too high? Can art be truly independent in case when it is supported by commercial subjects? These are some of questions that have recently emerged in the Czech Republic in yet another round of discussions about position of independent art within the web of society.  

One of the icons of Japanese tradition – the mysterious and legendary bamboo flute shakuhachi, has crossed borders: the borders between present and past, between the East and the West, between nations and cultures. It has crossed borders between genres too.
Problems which are foreshadowed in previous sentences are in its case even heavier, because starting point is not only independent art, but spiritual, sacred practice. The opinions vary from a position of shakuhachi as a pure spiritual and meditative instrument, to opposite extreme of blending shakuhachi and pop music. All of these voices have some strong arguments.

The shakuhachi has become a global phenomenon and all its aspects are currently under scrutiny of international academic research. In this year’s conference, among other usual historical, ethno musicological and theoretical talks, we would like to hold a panel discussion with respectable shakuhachi masters about price and profits of vulgarization of shakuhachi and its music. Since we realize gravity and universal validity of this theme, we would as well heartily welcome conference papers rooted in different music field, which deals with similar difficulties. Case studies focused on these problems are welcome likewise.

All facets of the shakuhachi, from the cultural and anthropological to the strictly musicological, are welcome themes for papers and discussions at the symposium hosted by the Institute of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, Charles’ University in Prague. The colloquium will be part of the Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2014 and held from the 23rd till 26th August at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Malostranské nám. 13, 11801 Praha 1.

Applicants for active participation are required to send their applications electronically to the colloquium’s secretary – Jakub Míšek  jkb.misek@gmail.com (and cc to matousek@shakuhachi.cz). Application deadline 31.7.2014. The applications must include:

1. Abstract of the paper (350 words max.)
2. Information about the author (name, address, instutions of whcih  he/she is part, and his/her photograph)
3. List of required technical facilities for the presentation (the lecture hall is equipped with a CD and DVD player and a data-projector)

The standard length of the presentations is 20 minutes with additional 10 minutes for discussion. The language of the colloquium is English (if necessary, the organisers will provide translation from Japanese).

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Organisational Committee:

Jakub Míšek  jkb.misek@gmail.com (ÚTH HAMU)
Doc.Mgr. Vlastislav Matoušek, Ph.D. matousek@shakuhachi.cz  (ÚHV FF UK and UTH HAMU)