International Colloquium
« The Japanese musician in France and in the USA,
the play of mutual influences »,
Aix Marseille Université, Université Paris Sorbonne,
Université Marne- La-Vallée, INA-GRM et le Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP),
February 4th, 5th and 6th of 2016.

     At the opening of the Meiji era, at the late XIXth century, the training of Japanese musicians had been subjected to the cultural and political constraints of the western countries. Given a choice between the European education, mainly dominated by the Germanic and French schools, or the teaching influenced by the United States of America, the Japanese musician sometimes had to learn with the risk of loosing his own cultural identity. However, Japanese artists seems to have maintained the ontology of their music, while having assimilated some of the Western cultures characteristics. Conversely, early in the twentieth century, some European musicians found inspirations in the Japanese culture, inspirations that could give a new life to a musical discourse that seemed to wither between dogmatic struggles and the exhaustion of their society. The relationships between Japanese musicians and France in this context will be the subject of those first days of reflexion, to be held at the Conservatoire de Paris (Paris Conservatoire).. A second colloquium will be held in Japan and discuss the impact of Western culture on the Japanese composition, performance, education and music scene, and the impact of the discovery of Japanese culture on Western musicians. A third symposium will be held in Canada that address the reciprocal influences between Japan and North America (Canada, USA) in the twentieth and twenty-first century.

At the first conference organized in France, we would like to discuss the influence of the French musical world (musical institutions, composers and performers) on Japanese musicians from the Meiji era to the present. We will address the four following topics :

Composition and musical creation
Interpretation
Musicology
Pedagogy

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