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Bake Society Newsletter 11 NOVEMBER 2011


Words from the Editors We are proud to present to you the first newsletter of the Bake Society! The aim of the newsletter, which will appear several times a year, is to inform our members about interesting conferences, lectures, workshops and other projects. We welcome contributions from within the Bake society, because we intend to be a platform of communication for all of our members. If you have any information about interesting meetings, wish to share your (research) experiences, or if you would like to post a notice to find Bake members with particular skills or knowledge, please contact the editors: Jaco van den Dool: Sieta Neuerburg: Please note that the newsletter will not be used to promote particular concerts or venues.

Two-day International Conference MUSIC, OPPRESSION AND RESISTANCE Amsterdam, 2-3 March 2012 The Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (KVNM) and The Bake Society for Performing Arts Worldwide invite you to submit proposals for papers on the power of music in connection with conflict, battle, oppression and resistance. Music has always accompanied battle. The trumpet called soldiers to arms, drums set the pace to which soldiers marched into the battlefield. In our time, too, when battles are fought with high-tech equipment rather than swords or bare hands, soldiers expose themselves to music to let their adrenaline flow. At the same time, music is always vulnerable to censorship. Especially during times of war and oppression, some types of music are not allowed to be played or listened to. Apparently, the power of music is such that it can threaten or weaken the hold political systems have on people. However, music can also pacify by reinforcing solidarity and creating community. Continues on page 2

Inside this issue:

Call for Papers




Things to do


Support the Tropenthea- 3 ter! Conferences


Music teachers in Kath- 4 mandu valley Support NMES!


About Bake Society



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Call for Papers For this conference, we invite proposals that address the relation between music, war, peace, and censorship. Ideas for topics include, but are not limited to: o The characteristics of battle hymns, etc. o Music used as a tool for propaganda o Musical censorship o Entartete Musik o Music as a threat to authority o Protest songs o Singing and composing for peace o Music and solidarity o Music as a means to survive o Music oppressed, music revived We particularly welcome proposals based on practice-based research. The Societies aim to host an interactive conference and therefore encourages speakers to present their papers in a stimulating fashion. This two-day conference will take place on Friday 2 (all day) and Saturday 3 March 2012 (morning only) in Amsterdam. The second day of the conference will coincide with Music Freedom Day, which celebrates freedom of musical expression worldwide. The Tropentheater in Amsterdam will organize festivities on 3 March 2012, which the participants of the conference will be able to attend. Please send your proposal to: Deadline for submission is 15 November 2011, 300 words abstract + 200 words CV

Entertainment We have selected a few entertaining, breathtaking and moving clips all dealing with the same topic: music, oppression and resistance.

2) Nicolae Neacsu: “Ode to the revolution”.

Just click on the title to view the clip.

1) Soldiers making music with their weapons.

3) ‘Whose is this song?’ (Bulgarian documentary)

"When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest". (Henry David Thoreau)

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Things to do

Support the Tropentheater!

‘Jeugd WereldMuziek Festival ‘ 12 November Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam.

The Tropenmuseum, Tropentheater and the KIT Library are in danger. Starting from 1 January 2013, the cultural activities of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) will no longer be funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please support us! You can do so by becoming a fan on Facebook or by posting your reaction at the website of the Tropentheater and/ or the Tropenmuseum.

Conferences ‘World Blend Café’ Tropentheater, Amsterdam 15 November

Bake December Meeting

The Bake Society devotes its December meeting 2011 on the theme of World Music and Crises. Besides contributions on the effects of the current cultural policy for the musical world, we present stimulating lectures on new opportunities. Our motto: pruning to flourish. We are not going to give up, and encourage creative thinking about alternatives to promote our favourite ‘Ton de Leeuw in Breda’ 7- music and dance forms. After a successful first edition in 2009, a second World music Day will be held on Thursday 1 December 2011 at the WMDC's 'Grounds' and 'De Machinist' in Rotter27 November. Festival dam. Bake members can participate in this day for free, but only if registered in adorganized by stichting Babel. vance.

Tourism & Music Conference ‘Dag van de werekdmuziek’ 1 December in WMDC, Grounds and De Machinist, Rotterdam.

The centre for tourism and cultural change organizes a conference on the topic of Music, tourism and travel. For its 6th international research conference, in the city of Liverpool, the CTCC seeks to explore the relationships between tourism, tourists and all forms/genres and sub-genres of music. Liverpool 6-9 July 2012. CfP open until 21 November.

Colloquium Musicology at the UvA Starting from October, the UvA's Musicology department will organise a colloquium each month (except for January). The general theme is 'Polyphony as a music practice and as a metaphor'. Day and time: Thursday afternoon, 15.30-17.00h. Venue: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, Amsterdam, room 301 Dates and speakers in 2011: - 24 november: Wim van der Meer - 15 december: Albert van der Schoot


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Music Teachers in Kathmandu Valley

“We might have different methods of transmitting music, but in the end we both share the same goal:

In the winter of 2010 I received an email from the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory with the request to train 15 musicians to become music teachers. My task was merely to provide them tools for lesson planning, classroom management, organizing public performances and introduce them in the basics of music education. “Can you do that in 3 months?” At first I hesitated a bit. What can I do in 3 months? I have to make choices, but what do I choose? What is their experience? Do I have enough knowledge about Nepal’s music education system? During my years of teaching at the conservatory in Kathmandu I’ve seen several charity organizations attempting to contribute to the educational system without taking specific local issues into account. I remember an organization providing laptops to small schools in rural areas in Nepal. Sending laptop’s, albeit well-intentioned, in a country suffering from permanent lack of electricity is not based on clearheaded thinking. I had visions of expensive laptops, supposed to replace school books, laying unused in a dusty corner. Soon my own teaching project became the topic of these visions. Can I, as a white male music teacher from the Netherlands, tell my Nepali colleagues how to teach music?

passing on the love for music-making.”

The participants of the music education course and I have a lot in common. We both work with young students and share a lot of musical material in the form of pop songs. We might have different methods of transmitting music, but in the end we both share the same goal: passing on the love for music-making. I decided to develop a very broad teaching training program neither based on a ‘Western’ nor a Nepali model. My goal was to observe the participants, gather information on their methods of teaching, search for their needs and from there guiding them to become a better music teacher. It was the first time that I didn’t have a well prepared training program. It developed week by week, based on the experiences and needs of the participants. We were all searching for the best method of teaching music together. During this fortnightly music education sessions I learned that the best method of teaching cannot be taught from a book or a fixed set of rules. On the contrary, it needs action! By real singing and playing in schools the participants were experiencing what it means to be a music teacher. I have good memories of visiting 15 schools in Kathmandu valley, observing nervous participants trying to do the best they can. I was amazed by their performances, dedication and refreshing ideas, which I would love to try in Holland. It’s almost winter again, waiting for another email…. Jaco van den Dool (Lecturer/PhD-student at Erasmus University Rotterdam)

This music education course is an initiative of Nepal Music Education Society (NMES).

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Support NMES! Nepal Music Educators' Society (NMES) is a non-profit organization that trains music school teachers to become more knowledgeable. NMES Folk Music Group has been selected to perform at the 30th ISME World Music Conference in Greece in July 2012. By getting in touch with our music colleagues around the world we can make this a unique opportunity to change music education in Nepal . We need your help to make this happen! Check our fundraise video for more information. Find us at and nepalmusiceducation. Contact us at

About Bake Society The Bake Society for the study of performing arts world wide, named after the illustrious musicologist and singer Arnold Bake, organizes conferences, seminars and workshops. The society publishes the proceedings of its conferences in the English-language on the performing arts (Oideion). The society is open to all professionals in the field; scholars, teachers, performers, organizers, critics, publicists, students. There are no restrictions to becoming a member - it is open to all who subscribe to the goals of the society; furthering studies of and undertaking projects in “the world of music | music of the world�. Students get a reduced fee.

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Bake Society Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Nov 2011)  
Bake Society Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Nov 2011)  

Updates from the Bake Society for Performing Arts Worldwide based in Amsterdam.