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30th August – 2nd September 2017

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Since ancient times, humans have made sense of the world through myth. Myths mirror back to us our understanding of reality. The conflicts, struggles, and phantasmagoric abilities of mythological figures often reflect the unique cultural context that first projected them. At the same time, myths also relate to universal features of the human condition.


Myths are at once a window to the distant past and a reflection of our current life experiences. Myths have been a perennial source of inspiration for musicians through the ages. Southeast Asia is home to countless myths and associated musical traditions. We are looking for papers and creative works that investigate the connections between music and ancient beliefs, traditional myths, or folktales in their historical contexts, as well as contemporary ones. We are also interested in papers that explore how traces of myths remain embedded in contemporary music-making practices, and that examine how the contemporary reinterpretations and re-invention of myths relate to musical expression and meaning.


Just as myths have inspired musicians, so too have musicians inspired the creators of myths. The beauty and seductive power of music is a theme found in countless mythological tales. We are also interested in papers that examine how musicians themselves have been mythologized through the ages.



Phaya Naga and the Dolphins of Arion

The Ongoing Myth: Sustainable Paths for Music Education

An Ancient Hebrew Ritual through the Eyes of a 20th-Century Composer: ’Psalm 20 for Orchestra’

Myths & Realities – Balinese Music Development in the Light of Political Developments/ Influences in the 20th and 21st Century

Wai Khru Dontree: Where Music Gods and Human Meet

Leveraging Music Cognition for Health and Well-Being

Between Myths and Realities

Symposium Performance

Beauties & Beasts: Fantastic Dualisms which Seem to Continue to Permeate the Classical Musical and Music Education (Under-)World(s)

ASEAN Creations

Symposium Performance

Myths & Traditions

Professor Dieter Mack, Dr. Jean-David Caillouët and Dr. Anothai Nitibhon, Curators

The Muse and the Myth: Musical Manifestations

Between Myths and Realities (Late Night Concert)

Symposium Performance

Putri Anak: The Quest for the Recovery of Southeast Asian Myth, Music, and Drama in a Philippine Spanish Colonial Genre

ASEAN Creations @Siam Square One

Symposium Performance







Anant Narkkong
Bernard Lanskey
Dieter Mack
Jean-David Caillouët
Kat Agres
Narutt Suttachitt
Nigel Osborne, MBE
Peter Veale
Robert Cutietta
Shinuh Lee
Verne de la Peña

Panel Discussion

Anant Narkkong
Kaiwan Kulavadhanothai
Prasarn Wongwirojruk


Sakarin Krue-on
Taratawan Krue-on




Akapong Phulaiyaw
Alberto Firrincieli
Anant Narkkong
Anothai Nitibhon
Apichai Chantanakajornfung
Boonrut Sirirattanapan
Chalermkit Kengkaew
Chanyapong Thongsawang
Chao Kanwicha
Clare Suet Ching Chan
Dneya Udtaisuk
Elissa Miller-Kay
Haruna Tsuchiya
Hyojung Huh
Jiradej Setabundhu
John T. Giordano
Jonathan Day
Kajornsak Kittimathaveenan
Kittiphan Janbuala
Kotaro Ishibashi
Lawrence N. Ross
Natsarun Tissadikun
Phonlasit Tinnakorn Na Ayuthaya
Ponglada Thampitakkul
Pongthep Jitduangprem
Pradit Saengkrai
Prateep Jattanakul
Ramasoon Sitalayan
Santiphap Viriyothai
Sarunda Siasiriwatana
Sarupong Sutprasert
Sasidisaya Sasisakulpon
Saya Thuntawech
Shang-Wen Wang
Skowrung Saibunmi
Suppabhorn Suwanpakdee
Syafiqah ’Adha Bte Mohamed Sallehin
Tanasit Siripanichwattana
Theerawut Kaeomak
Thiti Panyain
Watchara Pluemyart
Wichian Tanalapprasert

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