Interlingua Symposium - Tue 24 Sept 2019




Faculty of Jazz and Improvisation

Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road

Music Building 862, Room 109


Excerpts from the 2018 symposium:

Interlingua 2018 Daniel & David Wilfred Part 1

Interlingua 2018 Daniel & David Wilfred Part 2

Interlingua 2018 Sam Curkpatrick

Interlingua 2018 Hand to Earth trio

Interlingua 2018 Chris Hale & Myungjin Ko

Interlingua 2018 Michael Hohnen

Interlingua 2018 Rob Vincs

Interlingua 2018 Sunny Kim and Rob Vincs

Interlingua 2018 Aviva Endean Part 1

Interlingua 2018 Aviva Endean Part 2

Interlingua 2018 Maria Donohue Part 1

Interlingua 2018 Maria Donohue Part 2

Interlingua 2017 Sam Curkpatrick -  Manikay as relationship (Paper)

Interlingua 2017 Sam Curkpatrick - Manikay as relationship (Paper)

Extending Improvisational Language in Music

Improvisation is music’s interlingua. Beyond cultural difference is the space that musicians occupy in the moment of performance where sound plays with all that is human. The Interlingua Symposium examines improvisation as a tool for the exchange of knowledge and creativity with a wide-variety of musical cultures and unique musical voices in the region, as exemplified by the Australian Art Orchestra’s work over many years with artists from Asia and Arnhem Land.

Through papers, collaborative performances and discussions, the InterlinguaSymposium aims to contribute to an increased understanding of this practice, identifying and considering the wide variety of values, powers, nuances, and challenges that are in play in this practice of bringing together different musical and cultural traditions to create new forms of contemporary music, that reflect the diverse and continuously changing world we all share.

In 2019 the Symposium includes papers and performances by:

Prof. Vanessa Tomlinson (Brisbane) Percussionist, Artistic Director, Composer, Professor Griffith University Conservatorium of Music *

Dr. Hyelim Kim (Seoul/London) taegŭm performer, composer, research fellow at Bath Spa University

Dr. Simon Barker (Sydney) Drummer, Composer, Senior Lecturer in Jazz, SydneyConservatorium of Music

Dr. Sum Suraweera (Colombo) Drummer, Ethnomusicologist, Founder of Music Matters

Panelists will include: 

Dr Robert Vincs (Melbourne) - Head of Jazz and Improvisation, University of Melbourne, saxophonist

Dr Peter Knight (Melbourne) - Artistic Director Australian Art Orchestra, composer, trumpeter, sound artist. 

Sunny Kim (Seoul/Melbourne) - singer, composer, Lecturer at the University of Melbourne

David and Daniel Wilfred (Ngukurr, Arnhem Land) - traditional songmen and longtime AAO associates. 

Pei Ann Yeoh (Kuala Lumpur) Violinist, Lecturer and UiTM Scholar, PhD candidate Kings College, London 

Karen Rogers (Ngukurr, Arnhem Land) – visual artist 

* Vanessa Tomlinson appears on behalf of Queensland Conservatorium and Griffith University 

The Interlingua Symposium is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Portland House Foundation. 

Interlingua is co-presented by the Australian Art Orchestra and the University of Melbourne Faculty of Jazz and Improvisation.