International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

The April 2019 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 140, April 2019) is available for download, directly from the following links:

  1. Bulletin of the ICTM Vol. 140 (April 2019), good quality (2.3 MB). Recommended for reading on screen only, and for users of slower Internet connections. 
  2. Bulletin of the ICTM Vol. 140 (April 2019), best quality (4.3 MB). Recommended for those intending to print the Bulletin.

As always, both editions are completely identical as content is concerned. The only difference resides in the quality of the inline images. The Bulletin is formatted as a PDF document, so please make sure your device has an updated PDF reader installed, or you may experience difficulties while reading and/or printing it. If you are unsure, you can try downloading Adobe Reader, one of the most popular PDF-reading software, directly from this link.

Below you will find the Message from the Secretary General, written by Ursula Hemetek, as included on page 2 of the issue. 

It is election time in ICTM! Holding regular elections is one of the most important means to promote democracy and transparency in an organization such as ICTM. It has been my goal as Secretary General to take advantage of every option provided by our statutes to make the ICTM as democratic as possible. 
The ICTM is you, the membership! Therefore, I ask for your cooperation. Please exercise your right to vote in the 2019 elections. There is a very attractive roster of candidates, and I want to thank the Nomination Committee for putting it together. Likewise, I want to thank the candidates for their willingness to run, because this means being ready to assume responsibility for ICTM, as well as a lot of work.
Voting will start on 1 May 2019, and it will continue until 12 July 2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Bangkok time). The results will be announced at the General Assembly of Members in Bangkok, on 13 July 2019. For the first time in the history of ICTM, members will be able to vote only electronically, using a third-party platform to guarantee anonymity. You can read more about the elections on page 6.
We are very much looking forward to the ICTM World Conference in Bangkok, and the preliminary programme looks absolutely exciting. Both the Local Arrangements Committee and the Programme Committee are working very hard to make the conference a most memorable event. Unfortunately, there were difficulties with the online system that handled the payment of registration fees, so we decided to extend the deadline for early-bird registration to 30 April. The new system works now, so please register if you have not already done so.
Concerning the Yearbook for Traditional Music, I want to draw your attention to a new benefit for all ICTM members. As part of our agreement with our new publishing partner, Cambridge University Press, the complete run of the ICTM’s journals (1949–2018) is now available at Cambridge Core, and all ICTM members can access it at no additional cost. You only need to log into the ICTM website with your username and password and click on the link “Access the Yearbook for Traditional Music at Cambridge Core.” I think this will be extremely useful for everyone.
The ICTM World network is active and efficient, as you can see from the reports included in this Bulletin. I want to extend a warm welcome to the new Chair of the Regional Committee for Taiwan, Lee Schu-Chi, and the newly appointed Liaison Officer for Greece, Athena Katsanevaki. 
The ICTM Study Groups are as active as ever. Some will hold their symposia soon (see announcements on page 9), and most of them will hold their business meetings during the World Conference in Bangkok. These meetings are scheduled on every day of the conference during lunchtime, to give as many delegates as possible the opportunity to attend. 
Finally, let me bring to your attention two events happening in Vienna, both related to ICTM.
First, I would like to congratulate the Vienna Phonogrammarchiv on its 120th anniversary. Founded in 1899, it is the oldest sound archive in the world. For a long time there have been close connections between the Phonogrammarchiv and the Council, as for example the co-organization of the ICTM World Conference in Vienna in 2007. The anniversary will be celebrated in Vienna with a symposium titled “Nicht ungehört verhallen” on 25-26 April 2019.
The other event is organized by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: the international symposium “Decolonizing of Knowledges” on 3-4 May 2019. The programme is arranged around four keynote contributions that underline the goal of deconstructing colonial heritage by challenging hegemonies, but also offering concrete examples of models of intervention. The slogan for the first day of the symposium will be “meeting of knowledges” while the second day will deal with decolonizing the concepts of “world music.” Many ICTM members are involved, and those of you who will be in the area are welcome to attend.
The sad note in this Bulletin comes from the fact that the Council has lost one of its Honorary Members, Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia (see more in the President’s column), to whom many of us owe a lot. May he rest in peace! 

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Carlos Yoder
Editor, Bulletin of the ICTM