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News: Geneva and around the Globe, 17-21 March 2021 - Online Musicological Conference on the Syriac Musical Tradition & Concerts






Your are warmly invited to participate to the online Musicological Conference on the Syriac Musical Tradition organised by the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEM) of Geneva (Switzerland) and the Laus Plena Foundation, Lugano (Switzerland), which will be held in Geneva and online around the Globe from 17 to 21 March 2021 (each day from 12 am to 3 pm UTC + 1, concerts as per specific schedule). The Conference will be held in English and in French.


Several concerts are offered to illustrate the conference, that will be streamed from Geneva (Switzerland), Mardin (Turkey), The Netherlands, Quaraquosh (Iraq), Byblos (Lebanon), and Kottayam (India).


For the full programme and schedule, please check www.syriacmusic2021.org.


The conference aims at being an opportunity for exchange and discussion among 17 specialists of the Syriac Musical Tradition or of its influences and exchanges with other traditions. The intention is to review the existing status of works and to revitalize the current research about it. The conference is public and largely open to representatives of the Syriac communities, to HEM and partner Universities students, and to any interested person. 

Presentations given during the conference will be published. 


Participant Lecturers


Dr. Gabriel Aydin, Syriac Music Institute, USA

Dr. Sebastian Brock, Oxford, UK

Dr. Enrico Fink, Shemah School of Jewish Studies, Florence, Italy

Jalal Polus Gajo, Iraq, Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève

Dr. Prof. Mammoottil P. George, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Sruti Liturgical Music School, Kottayam, India       

Dr. Michael Henein, Egypt, St Kyrel Trust, UK

Nouri Iskandar, Former Director of the Institute for Eastern Music, Aleppo, Syria

Dr. Tala Jarjour,  King’s College, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Peter Jeffery, Notre Dame University, USA

Prof. Dr. Elias Kesrouani, Lebanon

Prof. Fadi Lion, Iraq, Par. St Ephrem, Lyon, France 

Dr. Toufic Maatouk, Université Antonine, Lebanon

Violaine Trentesaux Mochizuki, Marquartstein Institute, Germany

Prof. Nida Abou Mrad, Université Antonine, Lebanon

Dr. Joseph Palackal, Musicological Society of India

Prof. Miled Tarabay, University of Kaslik, Lebanon

Prof. Dr. Luca Ricossa, Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève


Please join us for this highly interesting event. Do not hesitate to forward this invitation further!


The topics to be discussed develop four streams of analysis:


Sources and development of Syriac Music

We will focus on researches made about the sources and about the historical and geographical development phases of the Music of the Eastern and Indian Syriac Churches, taking into account both the recent philological discoveries and the footprints that can still be found in the alive oral traditions.


Characteristics: Syriac octoechos, modes, tetrachords, composition principles of Syriac melodies

A common conceptual legacy of the various Syriac musical traditions and of other Christian traditions, the Octoechos appears to have obtained its shared recognition in Jerusalem between the 5th and the 9th Centuries, presumably drawing from preexisting elements. Many questions remain open about its relation to Arabic and Turkish makams, Persian systems, as well as about its role in the Byzantine, Gregorian, Georgian and Armenian repertoire. The role of the Syriac tradition in the birth of the Octoechos, as well as  the building principles of Syriac melodies, will be given particular focus.


Exchanges & influences between traditions

How did the acculturation of Syriac musical traditions operate during their displacement into other linguistic and cultural areas? Which other Christian and non-Christian musical traditions were influenced by, or have influenced the Syriac Music traditions during their migration? How are these musical traditions preserved or transformed in the diasporas that emerged due to the contemporary migrations?


Preservation and heritage status

The  political conflicts of the last decades and the related immigration have considerably weakened the Eastern Churches’ Syriac musical heritage. By which means, such as recording, transcriptions, etc., and by which methodologies can the conservation of the Syriac musical heritage and its transmission be ensured ? 




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