16 December 2022

A collaboration of ICTM Belgium and ARIA researchers

During its second symposium, ICTM (International Council of Traditional Music) Belgium invites presentations on what Bruno Nettl called ‘contemplating musical repertoires’ (2015), referring to the process of making sense of a body of music or dance. It is a  challenge shared by researchers, performers and teachers alike. They seek methods to transcribe, describe, analyse and characterise music and dance practices effectively. That is, in a way which is both appropriate for the practice under investigation and understandable for readers, audiences and pupils. During the symposium, we aim to exchange ideas, experiences and questions on musical or dance analysis in traditional, popular, or classical repertoires from all over the world.


09:15 - 09:30  Welcome word
09:30 - 11:00  Session A

  • Elina and Maria Markatatou (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)
    Approaching musical traditions from the artistic perspective. Identification, distinction, safeguarding and transmission
  • Salvatore Sclafani (Université Libre de Bruxelles/Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles)
    From source studies to piano interpretation: Alberto Ginastera’s Suite de danzas criollas
  • Giusy Caruso (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)
    Re-Orient Project: a multidisciplinary performance to embody Indian music and dance practice through the lens of a Western contemporary piano piece

11:00 - 11:30  Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30  Session B

  • Adilia On-ying Yip (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp/Royal Museum for Central Africa)
    Transcribing the bodily and rhythmic sensibilities of African polyrhythmic music
  • Hélène Sechehaye (Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles/Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    Moroccan ša‘bi rhythms: a typology test based on the repertoire played in Brussels

12:30 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 15:30  Session C

  • Andriy Nahachewsky (University of Alberta, Canada)
    Repertoires of Traditional Dance in Ukraine: Contested Fluidity
  • Selin Geerinckx (University of Antwerp) and Els de Vos (University of Antwerp)
    How the body keeps score for the daily (household) chores: popular elevation in 1930s Belgian and Dutch modernization
  • Elise Gayraud (University of Siegen, Austria)
    Transcribing orality: Understanding the musics of the Other in peer-to-peer learning and teaching contexts - a case study of the Ethno movement

15:30 - 16:00  Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00  Session D

  • Anaïs Verhulst (CEMPER, Mechelen/Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels)
    From folk melodies to distorted fiddles: the use of the violin in metal music
  • Didier Goossens (CEMPER, Mechelen/Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    Lost in the field: Towards a shared authority in the analysis of music

17:00  Closing word

Practical information

Friday 16 of December 2022, full day

Venue: ARIA offices, Lange Sint Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp, room S.209 (second floor),
or join online with Teams

Register by sending an e-mail to ictm.belgium@gmail.com before 11 December.

Registration fees:

  • ICTM Belgium members and ARIA students : free (speakers and audience)
  • non members: 5 euro

This symposium is set up as a networking event for the growing community of ICTM Belgium. Therefore, we ask speakers to become a member of ICTM Belgium.

ICTM Belgium is the Belgian National Committee of the International Council for Traditional Music, a scholarly organisation which aims to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of traditional musics and dances.

Membership information: to become a member of ICTM Belgium, please send an email to ictm.belgium@gmail.com, indicating your name and affiliation, and pay the relevant membership fees to BE98 1030 6992 0193. Membership fees: €30 (regular), €60 (supporting membership), €15 (BA, MA, PhD students), €90 (institutional membership). Please indicate ‘First name Last name Membership Year’. Memberships are valid from 1 January to 31 December. Membership fees paid for the symposium will be carried over to your membership in 2023.