Thursday, October 18, 2012

Music Lectures in North America and Asia


I will spend much of November of this year in North America for various music lectures and presentations. First, I will chair a session on “Teaching and Learning” at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference in New Orleans, and also attend the Historical Ethnomusicology meeting to discuss a book I am co-editing with Jonathan McCollum entitled Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (forthcoming, 2013, Rowman & Littlefield).

Later, I will give lectures based on my two books from 2012 (Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools and Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education) at the following universities:

-University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, United States [Click HERE for a poster]

-Pacific University, Oregon, United States [Click HERE for a poster]  

-University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 

-Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

-Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan

-Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan [Click HERE for a poster]

-China Conservatory, Beijing, China [Click HEREHERE and HERE for photos]  


*** Meetings also scheduled with scholars at University of Tokyo, Yamanashi University, and Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, as well as commissioning editors with NTTpublishing. ***


I always look forward to such opportunities to meet many other music researchers and share ideas. 

For spring of 2013, funding has been arranged for week-long residencies to teach master classes for universities in Sweden and Latvia, and plans are also at the beginning stages for a keynote lecture in Africa (Tanzania) at a conference during the summertime.  


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bones Brass Concert, October 2012

On October 28, Bønes Brass, a lively senior brass band from the community of Bønes (in the greater Bergen area), will give a public concert.

The band has been practicing hard on a nice variety of interesting pieces, which I will conduct: Carol of the Shepherds (Philip Sparke), The Young in Heart Suite: I. Resolution, II. Reverie, and III. Recreation (by Eric Ball), Spring (Edvard Grieg), Tango Royale (including Tango by Albeniz, Gitano by Leoncavallo, and Habanera by Bizet) and jazz (Basin Street Blues), as well as a powerful hymn called Deep Harmony (by Handel Parker, arranged by Roy Newsome).  

More details, including precise time and location, will be posted here soon.

Bønes Brass:



Visit to Ole Bull Academy


The Ole Bull Academy is an institute for advanced studies of Norwegian folk music, located in Voss. It is named after the renowned Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole Bull (1810-1880), who lived in the Bergen area.

I am currently accompanying a group of music students from Bergen University College on their residency at the Ole Bull Academy. OBA is an important institution in the field of folk music, since it is estimated that more than 14,000 students have learned from its various programs. Nowadays it offers a specialized degree in traditional folk music performance.

Here is the institution’s website:

Here is a link for more information about Voss, Norway:

DATES at 2012 Bergen Educational Conversation


It was a pleasure to sing a short concert today for an annual symposium of educational researchers in Norway, the Bergen Educational Conversation. This year, the symposium featured Professor Gert Biesta.

Our performance was with an a cappella quartet that now goes by the name “dates” derived from the first letters of its members’ names: David, Anne, Tine and Silje. The “E” of DATES is occasionally represented as well when we appear as a quintet, for which we add Egil Haugland (tenor), who is mostly known as an outstanding classical guitarist and guitar builder. Anyway, I sing the bass part, with Anne Kristine Wallace Turøy (alto), and Tine Grieg Viig (contralto), and Silje Valde Onsrud (soprano). Tine is now my doctoral student at Bergen University College, and we performed some of her fine compositions and arrangements.

Bergen Educational Conversation: