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ICTM Annual Conference, Dundalk Institute of Technology

February 28th – March 1st, 2015

The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) is a UNESCO NGO (non governmental organisation), and is one of the largest and most international, organisations for the study of traditional music and dance in culture. As musical cultures become increasingly transnational and translational, concurrent with changing patterns of dissemination of recorded music, ethnomusicologists are challenged to engage with music in more diverse spaces and consider how people experience their musical culture.

This year’s International Conference on Traditional Music will consider multiple interpretations of tracks, geographical and musical, to bring together scholarship that considers places and sounds beyond the canon of traditional music studies and ethnomusicology. While attention in Ireland has focused primarily on the musical traditions of the west, ignoring other regional and sometimes urban traditions, ethnomusicologists are becoming more aware of the cosmopolitan urban soundscapes of Ireland that can embrace the traditional musics of many cultures, while simultaneously revisiting previously studied traditions. The understanding of traditional music in Ireland is enhanced through engagement with other traditional musics in and from other parts of the world and a greater appreciation of the performance and development of Irish music abroad. The tracks that mark our journeys feed into the tracks that we listen to.

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