Toka boot/the big jam : making music in rural East Timor

Howell, Gillian and Dunphy, Kim 2012, Toka boot/the big jam : making music in rural East Timor, International journal of community music, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 27-44.

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Title Toka boot/the big jam : making music in rural East Timor
Author(s) Howell, Gillian
Dunphy, Kim
Journal name International journal of community music
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 44
Total pages 18
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 1752-6299
1752-6302
Keyword(s) East Timor
collaboration
community music
cultural exchange
artist-in-residence
Asialink
Summary This article discusses a community music project in rural East Timor. Australian musician Gillian Howell lived for three months in the isolated town of Lospalos as an Asialink artist-in-residence, where she worked with local community members and visiting Australian musicians to share music and ideas, and to communicate across cultures. Three activities are described in detail: a songwriting project, a large-scale community music event and a series of informal jam sessions, particularly with respect to the context, teaching and learning models used. An evaluation of the impact of the project on participants, other community members and visiting musicians, indicated that stakeholders valued the project highly for a range of different reasons. These included fun and enjoyment, maintenance of cultural heritage, creative expression, English language learning and cross-cultural exchange. Learnings and recommendations for future similar cross-cultural collaborations include the value of integrating local music traditions with new participatory arts approaches.
Language eng
Field of Research 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Intellect Ltd Project Report
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045460

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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