MUSIC & METAMORPHOSIS
29th – 31st August 2018
At the 2018's symposium we explored the myths and realities that lie at the heart of musical cultures all over the world. This year, we expand on this discussion through an examination of the myriad of ways in which musical styles and meanings morph over time.
Musical traditions are constantly being reimagined and transformed as each generation adapts them to suit their own cultural values and needs. Some musical languages have been lost in transition—their original sonic properties and aesthetic impetus obscured by wave upon wave of adaptations. At the same time, musical reinterpretations and reinventions have given rise to new musics with novel semantics.
Musical metamorphoses include both evolutions and devolutions: while the blind reproduction of musical ideas has given us pale and tedious clichés that fail to inspire, informed and creative transformations have, in many cases, helped to preserve the life force of a certain branch of the musical tree.
Neal Peres da Costa
Ensemble TIMF, Korea