Music and Communities at QCRC Research Festival

On Thursday 22 November we'll be at the Music and Communities Day as part of Queensland Conservatorium's Research Festival. The program is led by Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, whose work on Sound Links study led to this very program, the Music in Communities Network. Brydie and a number of others on the program are also MCA Councillors

This is a fantastic program and we thank Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University for the initiative.Music and Communities is a focus area of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. It looks at the changing nature and contexts for music within contemporary environments, including shifts and challenges in the global musical arena that have occurred in recent years as a result of rapid developments in technology, travel, and migration.

The Music and Communities Day during the 2012 Research Festival will explore issues surrounding community engagement in music. It will feature presentations from leading Elders, artists and researchers representing a diverse range of contexts. Registration for the Music and Communities day is FREE (and includes complementary lunch, morning and afternoon teas, and cocktail reception). All are welcome!

Event: Music and Communities Day, QCGU Research Festival

Date: Thursday 22nd November 2012

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium Boardroom (3.46, South Bank, S01)

Cost and Registration: Free, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 19 November if you would like to attend

Time: 9:30am - 5pm; Book launch at 6pm

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9.30am: Welcome to the day: Aunty Anne Chapman & Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

9.35am: Featured presentation

Engaging with Indigenous communities through music and the arts: Aunty Anne Chapman

10-11am: Roundtable & open forum

Reflections on research projects that engage with Indigenous communities through music:  Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Professor Richard Moyle, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet & Buré Godwin

11-11.30am: Morning tea (Foyer)

11.30am-12pm: Featured presentation

Working in collaboration with communities on socio-cultural and health-related projects in music: Brian Procopis

12-1pm: Roundtable & open forum Reflections on community projects that address socio-cultural, health and environmental issues through music: Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson, Dr Naomi Sunderland, Leah Barclay

1-2pm: Lunch (Foyer)

Lunchtime performance by Asim Gorashi

2-3pm: Film Screening

Sustaining raga: Engaging communities in changing contexts to support an elite music: Professor Huib Schippers

3-3.45pm: Music and communities work in progress session

Rianne Wilschut, Cristiana Linthwaite, Phillip Poulton and chaired by Dr Dan Bendrups Students will give brief ‘work in progress’ presentations on projects that address issues of community engagement. Presentations will focus on chamber music in small, non-mainstream venues, perspectives on Nueva Cancion and Violetta Parra, and reflections on a community internship.

3.45-4pm: Afternoon tea (Foyer)

4-5pm: Research Workshop

An interactive session on conducting community-led research projects in music (participants will be provided with three readings on community research beforehand, and these will form the basis of discussion and exploration at the workshop)

Prof Richard Moyle (see bio above), Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (see bio above), Dr Jodie Taylor

5-6pm: Break

6pm: Book Launch (Ian Hanger Recital Hall)

Northern Lyrebird: The Contribution to Queensland’s Music by its Conservatorium 1957-2007 (Australian Academic Press): Professor Peter Roennfeldt

Northern Lyrebird is the definitive and long-overdue history of one of Australia's finest music schools, painstakingly compiled from extensive written and oral memoirs, state archives, regional libraries, and promotional and media artefacts from concert programs and press cuttings to photographs and recordings.

The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University began its journey through history as one of Queensland's major cultural institutions in 1957. This book by one of its former directors, Peter Roennfeldt, elegantly and comprehensively weaves the intertwining narratives of people and events to produce a tapestry that captures the highlights, as well as the distinctive character of a diverse community of musicians spanning more than half a century.

6.45pm: Cocktail reception (Foyer)


Aunty Anne Chapman is a community Elder with family ties to the Manandangi and Kamilaroi clans. Aunty Anne is currently co-chair of Griffith University’s Council of Elders. She is known and respected in the broader Indigenous community for her work in vocational education training, and has had much success in supporting Indigenous youth to gain the skills necessary to acquire long-term employment and has embraced this responsibility as a member of Griffith’s Council of Elders.

Dr Sandy O’Sullivan is a member of the Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) Nation. She works in the Research Division of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, located in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is an ALTC Teaching Fellow and current Australian Research Council (ARC) Indigenous Research Fellow. Her work focuses on alternative dissemination processes for Indigenous Australian research students and career researchers and the digital museum space.

Professor Richard Moyle has been Director of the Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, and held teaching positions at Indiana University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and for eight years was a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in Canberra. Richard's research career spans 43 years, including 10 years of fieldwork in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, the northern Cook Islands, Central Australia, and Takuu.

Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She was Research Fellow on the ARC funded project Sound Links (2007-2008), which examined the dynamics of community music in Australia. Her current research projects include an ARC funded project Captive Audiences (2012-2013) which explores performing arts rehabilitation programs in prisons, and an OLT funded project Enhancing Indigenous Content in Performing Arts Curricula Through Service Learning with Indigenous Communities (2011-2013).

Buré Godwin is a student in the Bachelor of Popular Music at QCGU. He was one of the students to participate in the Conservatorium’s Winanjjikari Service Learning Program in Tennant Creek. In Tennant Creek, Buré was involved in working closely with community members on a range of tasks at the Desert Harmony Festival: Anyinginyi Manu. Bure is also Owner / Manager at BCG Entertainment.

Brian Procopis is currently the Coordinator of Community Development Programs for UnitingCare Community (Lifeline). He has been involved in many music-based esteem-building programs, such as the Zillmere School ‘Aim High/From Little Things Big Things Grow’ initiative, ‘Kidz2Kidz’ with Brisbane-based Iraqi children affected by the ongoing conflict in their homeland, ‘My Life My Voice’ celebrating the lives and contribution to broader society of children with Down syndrome, the Urandangi Aboriginal community, the Transformers (Brisbane version of the ‘choir of hard knocks’) and Scattered People project, where music is taken to the ‘boat people’ in the Pinkenba Detention Centre.

Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson is Head of Percussion at Queensland Conservatorium. She is active in the fields of solo percussion, contemporary chamber music, improvisation, installation and composition. Vanessa performs regularly as the percussionist with The Australian Art Orchestra, The Golden Orb, Clocked Out Duo and The Lunaire Collective. She was a founding member of percussion group red fish blue fish, and is co-founder and artistic director of Clocked Out, one of Australia’s most important and eclectic musical organisations.

Dr Naomi Sunderland is Senior Research Fellow at the Population and Social Health Research Program, Griffith Health Institute, and Project Manager for the national Australian Teaching and Learning Council Community Service Learning Project led by the Queensland Conservatorium. Naomi has a background in social research for health and wellbeing and creative narrative and ethnographic approaches to representing lived experience of disability and social determinants of health.

Alex Masso is the Manager of the Music Council of Australia's Music in Communities Network, and prior to this worked as Event Coordinator at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. He was a founding member of the Australian Youth Music Council and co-directed theNOWnow festival of exploratory music for two years. As a drummer he plays regularly with The Vampires and has released nine albums with various projects including Trio Apoplectic, Slide Albatross and The Splinter Orchestra.

Leah Barclay is an award winning composer, sound artist and curator working at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment. Leah’s current major projects include; composer for the Indian dance production Uruvam (recently toured Europe), Encontro Das Aguas (commissioned by the Australian Voices), Optic Resonance (sound visualisation in public spaces), lead artist for the Remnant/Emergency Artlab, Biosphere Soundscapes (global acoustic ecology project) and composer/sound artist for DAM(N); an interdisciplinary project exploring the stories of the displaced people of the Narmada River in North India.

Asim Gorashi has degrees in music from the University of Sudan and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He has arranged more than twenty Sudanese folkloric songs in ten different local languages and participated in numerous festivals including Khartoum International Festival, Djibouti Horn Festival, the Galaa Festival (Egypt), the Mela festival 2006 in Norway and recently, the Woodford folk fest 2007. A multi-instrumentalist, Asim performs on the oud (Arabic lute) and violin; he sings, plays keyboards, the Sudanese traditional Tamboor, as well as the mandolin and viola.

Professor Huib Schippers has a long, diverse and profound history of engagement with music, education and training in various cultures with a focus on Asia. He has trained as a professional sitar player since 1975 and proceeded with careers in performance, teaching, research, journalism, the record trade, arts policy and project management. Currently, he is Director of QCRC, where his main focus is the $5 million project, Sustainable futures for music cultures: Towards an ecology of musical diversity, which maps nine 'musical ecosystems across the world with the purpose of empowering communities to shape their musical futures on their own terms'.

Dr Jodie Taylor is a Research Fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University and previously held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research. She is the author of 'Playing it Queer: Popular Music, Identity and Queer World-making' (Peter Lang Press 2012) and co-editor of two forthcoming collections: 'The Festivalisation of Culture: Place, Identity and Politics' (Ashgate 2012) and 'Redefining Mainstream Popular Music' (Routledge 2012).