Music Research Institute



Events by year:  [2017]  [2016]  [2015]  [2014]  [2013]  [2012]  [2011]  [2010]  [2009]  [2008]  [2007]  [2006]  [2005]  [2004]  [2003]  [2002]  [2001]

Upcoming events:   

2017 Events  Back to Top

  • September 26, 2017
    Kimberlin will present her 1-hour documentary filmed in 1972 on location in Addis Ababa, Addis Alem, and environs titled The Making of a Masinqo: Ethiopia's Bowed Spiked Fiddle  featuring Yusef Idris.  Presentation will take place at the Dorothy C. Wong Chinese Community Center, 2117 Acton St., Berkeley, CA. 10:30am - 12:00 noon.

Past events:

2016 Events Back to Top

  • March 7-8, 2016
    International Music Conference with the theme: Promoting Ethiopian Indigenous Music: The Role of Higher Education. Yared School of Music, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Kimberlin's paper is titled "Traditional Ethiopian instrument construction and performance: The Making of a Masinqo - Amhara, Oromo, and Tigre playing styles."
  • March 22-24, 2016
    The Second Biennial Conference on Music and the Arts as part of the Dialogues in Music Project. Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Music Department, University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Theme: The Social Construct of the Space - Time Continuum in the Context of Music and the Arts. Organized by Professor Lorna Wright-Young. Kimberlin, member of the Board of Directors, will present a paper on the Ethiopian composer Solomon Lulu Mitiku.
  • July 20 - 22, 2016
    International Conference on Eritrean Studies. Theme: The Way Forward. Asmara, Eritrea. Organizing institutions in Asmara, Eritrea include the National Commission for Higher Education, Eritrean Centre for Strategic Studies, and Research and Documentation Centre. Kimberlin will present a paper entitled "Conversations with an ethnomusicologist and Cardinal Paulos Tzadua 1972-2000".

2015 Events Back to Top

  • August 24-28, 2015
    Kimberlin will attend the 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies in Warsaw, Poland with the theme "Ethiopia - Diversity and Interconnections through Space and Time". Organized by the University of Warsaw under the auspices of the domestic and international committees and by the Polish Scientific Board. Her paper is titled " From Batman to Yekkatit: the conscience of a nation as envisioned by the creative imagination of composer Solomon Lulu Mitiku (1947-)."

2014 Events  Back to Top

  • March 17-19, 2014
    The First Biennial Conference on Music and the Arts as part of the Dialogues in Music Project. Hosted by the College of  Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Music Department, University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Organized by Professor Lorna Wright-Young. Kimberlin, member of the Board of Directors, will present a paper "The Italo-Ethiopian wars of 1896 and 1935-36 foreshadowed a music that symbolized an Ethiopian, African American, and Jamaican alliance".
  • October 24-26, 2014
    Kimberlin will present a paper on how the Italo-Ethiopian wars and collective security formed alliances among African, East Asian, American, and Jamaican peoples at the BIBAC2014,.Professors Pam Burnard and Valerie Ross will convene an international conference themed "Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures’ hosted by the Commonwealth Centre for Education (CCE), Faculty of Education, Homerton College and the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College (CIMACC), University of Cambridge.

2013 Events  Back to Top

  • March 6, 2013
    As part of Azusa Pacific University's all-day COMMON DAY OF LEARNING EVENT in Azusa, California, Kimberlin will attend a Festschrift presentation to honor Dr. Jacqueline C. DjeDje from 1:00pm to 2:15pm at the Segerstrom Science Center, Room 120. “Resiliency and Distinction: An Inspired Professor’s Yield—Students Who Think Deeply”. Browne and his students will introduce the soon-to be released 17-chapter book Resiliency and Distinction (June 2013) that he co-edited with Jean N. Kidula (University of Georgia). DjeDje, a soon-to-retire UCLA professor and international authority on gospel music, African-American music, African music studies, and ethnomusicology, will be present along with many of the chapter authors, including Kimberlin who is also the book's publisher at MRI Press.

  •  July 11-17,  2013
    42nd International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference*will be hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.Kimberlin will participate in an interdisciplinary panel discussion on “Filling in the Gaps of Religious and Instrumental Music Traditions” chaired by Kimasi Brown. Kimberlin will look at“A Glimpse into the Past (1962-2012): Documenting the Musical Instrument Collection at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia”.

2012 Events  Back to Top

  •  January 6-8, 2012
    Center for World Music, Universität Hildesheim, Germany is presenting "From Ambivalence to Acceptance. International Conference on Azmari in Ethiopia". Organizers: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bender, Afrikabeauftragter, Center for World Music, Universität Hildesheim; Dr. Getie Gelaye, Abt. Afrikanistik und Äthiopistik, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg; and Dr. Andreas Wetter, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Kimberlin will present the keynote speech titled "The Azmari as the face of Janus: What was, what is, and what could be."

  • October 5-6, 2012
    "Discourse in Music Symposium", in collaboration between the Musicology Department, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, PRC and event host, Department of Music, Northeastern University, Boston, USA.  Kimberlin will give a presentation "Research Methodologies in Ethiopian Music 1976-2011".

  •  October 29 - November 2, 2012
    18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies will convene in Dira Dawa, Ethiopia on the theme "Movements in Ethiopia / Ethiopia in Movement". It is co-organized by the French Center for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa and the Institute of Ethiopian Studies of Addis Ababa University, in partnership with Dire Dawa University and the Ethio-French Alliance of Dire Dawa. Kimberlin will give a paper on "The Korean War (1950-53) and the Kagnew Battalion: Music, War, and the Concept of Collective Security".

2011 Events  Back to Top

  •  March 15, 2011
    Kimberlin is invited as a speaker for a Symposium and reception honoring Professor Akin Euba celebrating his life and work. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and cloister. Hosted by the Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh. 

  •  July 3-10, 2011
    The College Music Society International Conference July 3-10, 2011. Seoul and Gyeongju, South Korea. Kimberlin will present a paper titled: "The Korean War (1950-53) and the Kagnew Battalion: Music and other Connections between the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea) and East Asia (Korea)." 

  •  September 24-26, 2011
    Kimberlin will attend the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. Ethiopia/Eritrea RPCVs will host events.

2010 Events  Back to Top

  •  July 22-24, 2010
    4th Annual Ethnomusicology Symposium, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Kimberlin will present a paper titled: "The Fiddle, Lyre, and the Tortoise: Music and other Connections between East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Sudan) and the Horn (Ethiopia, Eritrea). 

  •  August 12-14, 2010
    Bridging Musicology and Composition: The Global Significance of Bartok's Method. A Symposium and Festival. Organized by the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge, England. Kimberlin has been invited to organize and chair a discussion titled: Scholarly Research and Music Creativity - "Chasing the Waters of the Ganges": Selected Piano Compositions by Rachel Eubanks and Bela Bartok. Notable concert pianist Maxine Franklin will be present to offer her own commentary on Eubanks with regards to learning and performing Eubanks' compositions. 

  •  November 9, 2010
    Alumni Symposium: "Fifty Years of Ethnomusicology at UCLA". University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Ethnomusicology 50th Anniversary Symposium. Kimberlin will offer remarks on the melograph developed by Charles Seeger and its impact on her scholarship and publications.

  •  November 11-14, 2010
    The Society of Ethnomusicology 55th Annual Meeting - Sound Ecologies.  Hosted by the University of California at Los Angeles.  MRI Press will display its books during the SEM Meeting November 11-13 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel.

2009 Events  Back to Top 

  •  July 1-8, 2009 
    40th World Conference of the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM), University of KwaZulu-Natal , Howard College Campus, Durban South Africa. Kimberlin will present a paper about an ongoing study of music connections between the Horn of Africa and East Asia.

  •  October 22-25, 2009
    Dialogue 4: Africa Meets North America in Los Angeles. Department of Ethnomusicology, University of California at Los Angeles. Organized by the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge, U.K.  Program Co-chairs: Prof. Akin Euba and Dr. Cynthia Tse Kimberlin; local arrangements: Prof. Jacqueline Cogdell Djedje; and publicity/conference web page, Prof. Kimasi Browne. 

  •  November 2-5, 2009
    17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kimberlin will give a presentation TBA.

    • Kimberlin presented her paper:  Reflections on Music and other Connections between East Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia) and East Asia (China, Japan).

2008 Events  Back to Top

  •  April 12, 2008 
    Ethiopian Millennium: “Music, performance and the arts in Ethiopia” is the theme of a day long workshop at St. Cross College, Oxford University, U.K. Kimberlin will give a presentation on “Art Music in Africa: and the Music of Ashenafi Kebede (1938-1998), catalyst for a new generation”.
  •  July 11-16, 2008 
    “Dialogue between Asia and Africa”, International Conference and Music Festival in Bangalore, India July 11-16, 2008, jointly organized by Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, Bangalore and the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. Kimberlin, member of the International Advisory Committee, will give a plenary session presentation on “Climate, Commerce, and Castles: Indian-Ethiopian-Eritrean1 Connections in the Arts and Related Fields”. Download the invitation and program in pdf format below. Invitation Program 
    Please visit http://isangeethasabha.org/html/AfroAsia2007.htm for more specific information about the conference.
  •  July 21, 2008 
    Kimberlin presented two lectures at 11:00 am and 6:30 pm: “India’s contributions to the arts and related fields in Ethiopia and Eritrea” at the University of Madras, Dept. of Music; and on “ PhD Students who are considering publishing their theses” for the Centre for Ethnomusicology, Chennai, India.

2007 Events  Back to Top

  •  July 2-6, 2007 
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway will host the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. C. T. Kimberlin will give a presentation on the Yared Music School and contribute to a discussion about issues relevant to Ethiopian music.
  •  August 1-4, 2007 
    Churchill College, Cambridge University, U.K. The fourth Biennial International Symposium and Festival on Composition in Africa and the Diaspora will feature special sessions titled “Africa Meets Asia” and “Africa Meets Latin America.” C. T. Kimberlin will present “Around the Corner and Around the World with Dr. Rachel Amelia Eubanks and the Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts (Los Angeles, California)”.
  •  November 6 - 9, 2007 
    ”Africa Meets Asia” Beijing 2007. World Music Days, 2nd International Symposium on African and Chinese Music. Co-organized by the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, PRC & Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge, U.K. Kimberlin will present a paper titled: “East Meets West”.

2006 Events  Back to Top

  •  August 25- September 1, 2006 
    The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). Fourth meeting of the Music and Minorities Study Group, Varna, Bulgaria. Local organizer: Rosmary Statelova, Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Science. Kimberlin is presenting a paper “Yared Music School (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and the Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts (Los Angeles, USA): Diverse Connections as Models for the 21st Century”.

2005 Events  Back to Top

  •  August 5-8, 2005 
    Churchill College, Cambridge University, U.K., 3rd International Symposium and Festival on the theme "Composition in Africa and the Diaspora" featuring Composers' Sessions, Scholarly Sessions and Live Concerts. MRI will publish the proceedings.
  •  August 18-20, 2005 
    The Third International Conference of Institutes & Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies, Singapore, 2005 on “Maritime Asia and the Chinese Overseas (1405 - 2005)”, Singapore. Kimberlin is presenting a paper “Reflections on Music and Other Connections between East Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea) and the East Asia (China, Japan)”.
  •  October 16-22, 2005 
    Dialogue Between China and Africa in Music & Halim el-Dabh Symposium, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, PRC. Kimberlin, member of the Organizing Committee, will give two presentations: "Halim El-Dabh's Creation of Orchestra Ethiopia (1963-1975) and its influence on three piano pieces and a string quartet"; and "Reflections on Music Convergence and Adaptation between East Africa (Eritrea and Ethiopia) and East Asia" (China and Japan)".
  •  November 17-20, 2005 
    The Society for Ethnomusicology 50th Anniversary Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. November 18, 4:45pm. Special session - Remembering Ki Mantle Hood (1918-2005): An Informal Memorial Service. Kimberlin and other former students of Hood during Hood's tenure at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) will offer their comments.  MRI Press will have a display in the exhibit area.  Free shipping (USA only) will be offered for orders that are placed and prepaid during this conference.

2004 Events  Back to Top

  •  March 10-14, 2004 
    Cleveland, Ohio, Annual Meeting of the Society for American Music (SAM) with the Sound Recording Archives. Panel on March 11th from 1:00-3:00 pm on The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh chaired by David Badagnani, Kent State University. As a panel member, C. Tse Kimberlin will focus on El-Dabh’s 1961-64 tenure in Ethiopia. Presentation is “Orchestra Ethiopia 1963-1975: Halim El-Dabh, Catalyst for Music Innovation and Preservation”.
    Note: A copy of Around the World the 80 Years – A MEMOIR – A Musical Odyssey by Henrietta Yurchenco, MRI Press 2003 release date, will be on display at the SAM book exhibit.
  •  April 11, 2004   
    Central Conservatory of Music. Beijing, PRC. C. T. Kimberlin presented 20 of her publications on African music to the library at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, PRC. 
  •  July 25, 2004  2:00 - 3:30 pm.
    MRI in cooperation with the Clarion Music Center is sponsoring a lecture-demonstration by Professors Yasuko Endo and Kazuya Kojima from Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Japan. Their focus will be on: Dances from Japan and Kenya utilizing the technology of Motion Capture. The event takes place at the Clarion Music Center located at 816 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Further information and directions are found at http://www.clarionmusic.com 
  •  October 22-24, 2004 
    Park University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Inaugural Event of the Fela Sowande Centennial Symposia & Festivals. MRI will participate as a Trustee and a founding member of ICMAD in collaboration with Park University. C. T. Kimberlin will participate in a panel on Music Publishing Project:  The Politics of Publishing & Marketing New Music.  Dominique de Lerma, (Chair); Brent Henri Betters, Judith Anne Still, Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, Lucius Weathersby, and J.H. Kwabena Nketia. 

2003 Events  Back to Top

  •  March 21, 2003 
    Duke University, Department of Music 2002-03 Lecture Series will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Cynthia Tse Kimberlin on "Music Traditions, Transitions, and Imagination in Ethiopia and Eritrea: Event as Catalyst for Change". The talk is part of the ongoing, year-long discussion across Duke on "The Arts During Times of War" promoted by the Institute of the Arts and the John Hope Franklin Institute for the Humanities, 101 Biddle Music Bldg., East Campus. 4:00 p.m. Durham, North Carolina. 
  •  July 21-25, 2003 
    Hamburg University, Asia-Africa Institute, Germany will host the 15th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. C. T. Kimberlin will be presenting a paper "No One Dared:  Twenty-two Tigrinya Songs from Mendefera, Eritrea".
  •  August 1-4, 2003 
    Churchill College, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2nd International Symposium and Festival on the theme "Composition in Africa and the Diaspora" featuring Composers' Sessions, Scholarly Sessions and Live Concerts. C. Tse Kimberlin is on the Steering Committee and MRI will publish the proceedings.

2002 Events  Back to Top

  •  February 20-24, 2002 
    2002 Festival of African & African-American Music (FESAAM), an ICMAD event at Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, USA. MRI is a participant, a Trustee, and founding member of ICMAD.
  •  April 15-17, 2002 
    Centre for Intercultural Music Arts (London, U.K.) is hosting the 8th Biennial International Symposium and Festival on the theme "New Intercultural Music". The event will take place at Churchill College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K. MRI will be a participant and one of the sponsors.
  •  June 21, 2002 
    Library of Congress Association of Asian Americans (LCAAA) is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Cynthia Tse Kimberlin: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Another View - from a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eritrea1 1962-64”. It focuses on issues relevant to Asian Americans. Takes place at the time of the 40th (plus 1) Anniversary of the US Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. (June 20-23).  James Madison Memorial Building, 6th Floor, West Dining Room, Noon - 1:00 pm.  Washington D.C. (Subway stop:  South Capitol Street)

2001 Events  Back to Top

  •  November 13, 2001 
    MRI is co-sponsoring Dr. Nora Yeh, Archivist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. who will give two presentations on the Library of Congress American Folklife Center and National Digital Library. The two events will take place at 11:00-12:00 am at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church Senior Center, 2117 Acton Street Berkeley, CA; and at 3:30-4:30 pm at the Richmond Public Library, Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA.

1  Formerly part of Ethiopia, Eritrea gained its independence in May 2002.  Both countries exhibit share many similarities, in particular northern region of Ethiopia with southern Eritrea among the Tigre speaking peoples.

 


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