This artistic research area is directed towards the education of musicians both as a soloist and activities in various ensembles. The upcoming master study in World Music provides the opportunity to specialization within different genres of folk, traditional Norwegian music and World Music concept, how exciting musical collaboration will be in focus. In addition, both the research and education provide both practical and theoretical insights. A key element of this field will be networking and further cooperation with existing partners in Nepal, Cambodia, China and Tanzania. The academic community has several employees who through their artistic work have strong international position within the genre World Music.
The research project Music Without Borders (http://musicwithoutborders.project.uia.no)– led by Professor Bjørn Ole Rasch and assisted by Assistant Professor/PhD Candidate Ingolv Haaland – is linked to this research group. The project was in 2014 awarded NOK 2,3 million from the Artistic Research Programme (http://artistic-research.no/en/), which represents almost a quarter of the national provisions on the field. Two of our research fellows are linked to this group.
The starting point for the project is a set of recordings by Norwegian folk-musicians of Norwegian folk-songs in the “stev og slåtte” (stave and tune) tradition of Setesdal in Agder. These studio-produced video and audio recordings will be passed on to performers from other parts of the world for them to respond to. Their musical responses will form the basis for a digitally interactive process using the latest music technology: portable studio / laptop, Dropbox and Skype. Participants will also meet in person to continue their work in joint seminars and workshops at the various partner institutions.
The project is based on the following two-part problem as presented:
The final results of the project will be made publicly available on CD and DVD, and in the form of video installations that presents a selection of the musical responses submitted during the working process. The video installations will also form an opportunity for live responses from various musicians. The artist Jeremy Welsh will take charge of developing these video installations. Other presentational formats will include public concerts, seminars and studio sessions.
One major resource for this project is the international network built up by PhD research fellow Annbjørg Lien and Project leader Professor Bjørn Ole Rasch, which was documented recently in Khoom Loy (2012), an album nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Spellemann prize in 2012.
Assistant project leader and research fellow Ingolv Haaland also has several years’ experience of working with musical projects in Southeast Asia and The Middle East.