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Innovation and Preservation for the Practice of Composing Mixed Ensemble Composition With Southeast Asian Traditional Instruments

26 August 2021

09:30 - 10:00 hrs (GMT+7)


Jiradej Setabundhu



Chow Jun Yan


Why do I compose using instruments from different regions/cultures? What issues should I be concerned with when choosing specific combinations of instruments? What should I do to maintain momentum with the performers?

Addressing these essential questions for composing with local instruments, this presentation offers reflections based on the writers’ personal experiences and observations while participating in the ASEAN Youth  Ensemble (AYE) project organised by Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM) between the years 2018 and 2020.

As a composer and Erhu performer, I will share the motivation for my  compositional journey with local instruments and give insight into my creative  process, unfolding the musical elements, including the choice of timbre, melody and playing  techniques. I will also explain how I develop adequate strategies for achieving mutual engagement with local instrumentalists, especially when making decisions about how to combine  traditional playing with extended techniques.  This paper aims to provide general guidance for both composers and performers,  encouraging them to engage in similar collaborations in order to explore new  possibilities.

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