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Title: Finding resonance : exploring approaches to musical fusion in a Caribbean context
Author: Walters, Adam
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 3103
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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The music in this portfolio represents an exploration of different approaches to fusing traditional Trinidadian elements with musical gestures and instrumentation more closely associated with the western classical tradition. The research that led to the creation of these scores focused on identifying apparent and hidden characteristics encoded in Trinidad's culture and in its musical styles, and on finding ways to bring these together in music ultimately intended to express aspects of Trinidad's culture in fresh ways. Fundamental to this research was the author's developing an understanding of the cultural context to which his compositions are a response and, crucially, of his own situatedness in relation to that context. Numerous field trips were undertaken to experience music-making in different cultural and religious situations in Trinidad. Participant observation was a fundamental research method in the author's attempts to internalize aspects of style and subsequently to draw upon these markers to define structures within new compositions. Research into approaches to cross-cultural musical fusion is timely given recent global political trends towards isolationism. New music shaped by structures and aesthetics from different traditions is by definition inclusive and, insofar as it embraces styles that may not be widely known, can encourage an awareness of cultures whose music historically may have experienced oppression or neglect. The creation of the pieces presented here included collaboration with Trinidadian artistes or with non-Trinidadian specialists on Trinidad. Such collaborations assisted in the exploration of ways to develop a musical voice intended to resonate with local audiences. All pieces in this portfolio were written for the University of Trinidad and Tobago's resident Ibis Ensemble, and for music students at the university. This commentary aims to contextualise the compositions that make up the portfolio by considering the issues that form a background to writing cross-cultural music in Trinidad.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Trinidad ; Composition ; Fusion music ; Adam Walters