Japanese Studies | J-Talks – Music in the Margins: The Aesthetics of Understatement
Japanese Studies presents J-talks @ Sydney_Uni
Music in the Margins: The Aesthetics of Understatement
Professor Marty Regan (Texas A&M University)
Thursday, 20 April 2023 5-6pm (followed by Q&A)
In person: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18
Online: Join via Zoom (ID: 81693549183)
In this presentation, American composer Marty Regan will discuss the relationship between the aesthetics of the “margin” as found in many modes of Japanese cultural expression and relevant works of traditional and modern Japanese music, including his own compositions for traditional Japanese instruments.
About the speaker
A composer of over 85 works for traditional Japanese instruments, Marty Regan is a Professor of Music at Texas A&M University. Widely regarded as the authoritative source on the subject, his translation of Minoru Miki’s Composing for Japanese Instruments was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2008. His chamber opera, titled The Memory Stone, was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera as part of the HGOco’s Songs of Houston: East + West initiative and was premiered in 2013 at the Asia Society Texas Center. He is currently teaching at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music while conducting field research in Japan under the auspices of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. His visit to the University of Sydney is supported by the East Asian Regional Travel Program (RTP) administered by the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF). Learn more at: martyregan.com.
Dr Ansart carries out research on Japanese and East Asian intellectual history, focusing particularly on the political theories of Japanese Confucian thinkers of 18th century. He lectures on early modern Japanese history, the Tokugawa period, as well as social and political issues of contemporary Japan.
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