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Over 30 concerts and events across five locations in Queensland Conservatorium and the South bank cultural precinct

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Welcome to Encounters As the eyes of the world turn to the opening week of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Queensland Conservatorium responds in style. Encounters: Musical meetings between Australia and China explores and celebrates two hundred years of cultural interaction between two very different nations in the Asia-Pacific. Presented across five locations in South bank, the cultural heartland of Brisbane, the program features a rich but relatively unknown history of intercultural encounters, confrontations and exchange. This complex relationship will be brought to life in concert, theatre, and dance performances, in film screening and exhibitions, and in lectures and discussions over four days, involving over 200 artists and experts from China and Australia. The program includes a wealth of newly commissioned works, traditional and contemporary performances, as well as exchanges with festivals and institutions in China. These translate a long and passionate cultural interaction into the realms of the aural, the visual, and the spoken word. This interdisciplinary format enables Encounters to explore the multiple historical, cultural, political, and economic links that bind and divide the two nations, pulled together by a team of academic and creative experts led by the program’s driving force, Dr Nicholas Ng.

Encounters also resonates strongly with Queensland Conservatorium’s and Griffith University’s commitment to actively connect with our region and current issues, bringing together research, performance, and community engagement. For Queensland Conservatorium, this is the third edition of Encounters, after exploring musical meetings with Australian Indigenous music in 2005, and with the Asia-Pacific in 2007. Highlights of the event this year include an exchange with the Beijing Modern Music Festival on the opening night of the festival: The Australia-China Project premieres six new works by Chinese and Australian composers performed by The Golden Orb (Queensland) and its Chinese counterpart from the Central Conservatory in Beijing (May 6). On a more ironical note, A Night in Shanghai at Rydges Hotel Southbank takes you back to one of the most vibrant centres of global interaction in the 1930s for an exciting evening of immersion in Shanghai jazz and entertainment, a three-course dinner and wine (May 8).


A performance of the rare Kunqu Chinese Opera by Jingkun Theatre from Hong Kong will be preceded by three film screenings mapping the presence of China in Australia in the Suncorp Piazza in the South bank Parklands (May 9). A final festival highlight is the premiere of The Harvest of Endurance, a collective composition commissioned to 18 Australian composers inspired by paintings on a 50 metre scroll depicting 200 years of interaction between Australia and China, on loan from the National Museum of Australia and on permanent show in the Conservatorium Foyer (May 9). Add to this some thirty events from Western and Chinese orchestral concerts to exhibitions and lecture-demonstrations, and Encounters provides a rich reflection on past, present and future potential of a fascinating mutual search for musical meeting grounds. Professor Huib Schippers Director Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre


About the program The relationship between Australia and China is very close to my heart as a composer, researcher and performer of Chinese music, and it gives me great pleasure to see so many artists and academics involved in the four-day exchange that I have been working on for over a year. When planning Encounters, I was interested in the earliest encounters between China and Western culture (including Australia), and the first Australian impressions of China. I felt that having a sense of this historical connection could serve as a reference point for our musical exploration and programming, which focuses on the past, present and possible avenues into the future. According to various historical accounts, there was maritime Chinese knowledge of Australia before European exploration. Whether it was through Makassar fishermen employed by the Chinese to find Bêche-de-mer (a potent aphrodisiac), or the great Ming Admiral Zheng He himself, there are reports that the intelligentsia of the Middle Kingdom were well aware of Australia by the mid-1600s. By then, European art and sacred music was already being performed on Chinese soil due to the presence of Jesuit priests in the Emperor’s court. Conversely, it is well known that the tradition of Western art music has been influenced significantly by China as a source of inspiration: from Puccini’s Turandot to Sitsky’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Many Chinese composers and performers have contributed to Western art music, and a combination of traditional and contemporary works that illustrate this connection will be presented in the orchestral and ensemble concerts. In addition, there are interesting Chinese-Australian cross-overs in jazz, which will also feature in the program.


As a first generation Australian of Chinese descent, I was inspired, while working on the program, by the heroes and legends whose stories are captured in the Harvest of Endurance Scroll from Mei Quong Tart, a philanthropist and music lover who was raised by Scots on the Victorian goldfields, to Sister Phyllis Anguey, one of many Australians of Chinese ancestry who served in the Second World War. Most of all, I was inspired by the present generation, and their descendents who will leave their mark on the Australian landscape in the years to come.

It is a particular delight to have Ash Dargan in our program. An Indigenous Australian of Chinese heritage, Ash is an acclaimed world music and didgeridoo artist. Ash, who will present an ‘welcome to country’ during the Official Opening, is an integral part of the discussion on Indigenous Australian-Chinese intermarriage on the final day of Encounters. In a similar way to the Harvest of Endurance project, Ash, through music, presents a chapter of Australian history still not taught in our textbooks. And I hope you will agree there is much more to discover throughout this event. Dr Nicholas NG Research Fellow Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre

Encounters offers a number of Australian premieres in terms of new works, ensembles, and creative juxtapositions.

Alex Pozniak is a University Medal holder from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Recent premieres have included Spectres by the Bourbaki Ensemble, Hybrid Loom by the Sydney Symphony Fellows, Sketches on Britten at the 2007 National Music Camp, and Waveforms for ensemble and electronics by Kammer.

Standout events include: Australia-China Project thu 06 May


Conservatorium Theatre In collaboration with the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Beijing Central Conservatory, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre hosts a program of freshly commissioned compositions by three Australian composers and three Mainland Chinese composers, inspired by real and imagined interactions. This exchange opens the Encounters festival and signals the launch of the new contemporary music ensemble  The Golden Orb, combining some of Brisbane’s finest new music specialists: Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion), Graeme Jennings (violin), Liam Viney (piano), John Addison (cello), Hannah Reardon-Smith (flute), and Lloyd Van’T Hoff (clarinet). They will perform in association with a visiting ensemble from the prestigious Beijing Central Conservatory, consisting of four stunning young performers: NING Fangling (violin), ZHANG Tianyu (clarinet), YANG Yichen (cello), and CAO Hui (piano). The Chinese premiere of these works by the same ensembles will take place later in May during the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

Harvest of Endurance SUN 09 May


Special Events

In 2009, Annie Hsieh was selected to participate in both the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra through its 2009/2010 Cybec programme. She is currently writing for the Southern Cross Soloists, Ensemble Fabrique (Brisbane) and Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra (Sydney).


Ian Hanger Recital Hall This collective composition involving eighteen of Australia’s most talented and accomplished composers (including Anne Boyd, Larry Sitsky, and Elena KatsChernin) was commissioned by QCRC for Encounters with private support. It is based on the 50 metre long Harvest of Endurance Scroll (1988) by Chinese-Australian artist MO Xiangyi, which depicts scenes of hardship, survival, and progress from Chinese-Australian immigration history. The piece will be performed by The Song Company led by Roland Peelman in collaboration with The Golden Orb, a new Brisbane ensemble specialising in new music. During the premiere of this piece, celebrity photographer and celebrated story-teller William YANG will present a narrative interwoven with the music, while specific sections of the scroll that inspired the composers will be projected on a large screen during the performance.


Kate Neal studied Early Music at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1998, Kate moved to the Netherlands on a NUFFIC scholarship from the Dutch Government to study composition with Louis Andriessen amongst others. Kate has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships both nationally and internationally. ZHENG Yang is an outstanding student and multiple scholarship recipient at the Central Conservatory of Music where he studies with Prof QIN Wenchen. Recently, ZHENG has won the 3rd Prize in the ‘4th Palatino Composition Competition in China’ (2009), and Prize of Excellence in the China Arts College Composition Competition (2008). LI Shaosheng is a senior year student of Prof YE Xiaogang at the Central Conservatory of Music. In 2009, his Far Away was performed at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the work Skyline on the Moon has recently been performed by New Juilliard Ensemble at the Lincoln Center, New York. DU Hui is currently majoring in composition as a graduate at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She has studied under tutor of Professor DENG Erbo, DING Ying, and ZHOU Xianglin. Her compositions have won awards at a number of competitions within China.


A Night in Shanghai Sat 08 May


Rydges South Bank Hotel Part cabaret and music theatre, part role-play and spinetingling intrigue, A Night in Shanghai transforms Rydges Hotel South Bank into the Maison Shanghai (1932), a place frequented by European, American and Australian expatriates in China.

Made in China 2 Fri 07 May


QCA Galleries Free admission

Guests will mingle with performer Anna YEN, musical director Robert Keane, and vocal staff and students of Queensland Conservatorium in a theatrical evening of fine food, music and dance from the 1930s. Sometimes serious, but more often tongue-in-cheek, the musical acts present notions of Chinese people and culture in the early Australian imagination, with


cameo appearances by local and international artists involved in the Encounters symposium and festival. After the dinner, Australian composer John Huie and diva Jasmine CHEN join forces with Stephen Newcomb and the West End Composers Collective for a late-night concert of ‘decadent music’ from China’s golden era of jazz.

Masterful photographs of contemporary China combined with Chinese-inspired chamber and choral music will create a delicate combination of visual art and sound, as part of the collaboration between Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. This event features the work of photographers from Shandong University of Art and Design, and music by the winners of the Encounters Performance and Composition Prizes, featuring QCGU ensemblein-residence The Australian Voices directed by Gordon Hamilton.

Conversations with… INTERVIEW I



Conversations with GAO Ping & John Huie

Conversations with Anne Boyd & Julian YU

Conversations with John Curro & Larry Sitsky

Tue 04 May

Wed 05 May

Thu 06 May


Vincent Plush strikes up an intriguing dialogue between Chinaborn New Zealand composer and pianist Dr GAO Ping and Sydneybased composer and guitarist John Huie, who has worked for many years in the Chinese Jazz and recording industry.


Legendary composers Anne Boyd and Julian YU, who have composed in and outside China both physically and in their imagination, tell Vincent Plush about their perceptions of the role China plays in the Australian musical landscape.



Vincent Plush converses with two iconic Australians with a long and intimate connection with China: Queensland’s own John Curro (Queensland Youth Orchestra) and Canberra-based composer-scholar Em Prof Larry Sitsky.


Program at a glance Day 3 SATURDAY 08 MAY

Day 1 Thursday 06 MAY Registration and Official Opening


Lecture Demonstration II: Inspired by religion: Taoist and Chan Buddhist music


Ian Hanger Recital Hall

Conservatorium Foyer SPECIAL EVENT I: Australia-China Project

Free event

Conservatorium Theatre Premiere of 3 compositions by Chinese composers & 3 compositions by Australian composers, featuring ensemble The Golden Orb directed by Dr Vanessa Tomlinson (QCGU), and musicians from Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Admission: Adults $26.50 / Concessions and groups $16.50 / Schools $11.50 Day 2 Friday 07 MAY LECTURE DEMONSTRATION I: Sichuan music: Chinese music in flux - demonstration & performance


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Dr Vanessa Tomlinson and composer Erik Griswold present an illuminating demonstration & workshop performance on traditional and contemporary aspects of Sichuan operatic percussion. Free event CONCERT I: Chamber Concert


Ian Hanger Recital Hall Featuring compositions by Assoc Prof Jack Body, Dr GAO Ping, Em Prof Larry Sitsky, Prof ZOU Free event

CONCERT III: Javanese Gamelan meets China


Conservatorium Foyer Free event CONCERT V: Flowers & the wide sea music, dance and poetry of the Chinese overseas


Rainforest Green Free event BREAK


SYMPOSIUM DINNER: A Night in Shanghai


Rydges Southbank Mingle with performer Anna YEN, musical director Robert Keane, and vocal staff and students of Queensland Conservatorium in a theatrical evening of fine food, music and dance from the early 1900s. Admission: $145 per person, $1,250 per table of 10 (both ticket prices include following Shanghai Jazz concert) CONCERT VI: Shanghai jazz


Rydges South Bank Hotel

QCA Galleries

Stephen Newcomb and the West End Composers Collective join forces with Australian composer John Huie and diva Jasmine CHEN in a late-night concert of ‘decadent music’ from China’s jazz era.

Masterful photographs of contemporary China combined with Chinese-inspired chamber and choral music.

Admission: $15, or included in the A Night in Shanghai ticket price

SPECIAL EVENT II: ‘Made in China 2’


Free event CONCERT II: Orchestral Concert


Conservatorium Theatre Exciting program of compositions by Western composers inspired by China and by composers of Chinese descent. Admission: Adults $ 26.50 / Concessions & Groups $16.50 / Schools $11.50.

Tickets and booking info Tickets for the Australia-China Project and the Orchestral Concert through qtix 136 246 www.qtix.com.au. Tickets for all other concerts at the door. For A Night in Shanghai phone QCRC (07) 3735 6335.



Encounters Symposium Program Day 4 Sunday 09 May FILM SCREENING I: Lulu’s Opera House (ZHANG Lei), Karaoke King (Carine CHAI)

Day 1 Thursday 06 MAY 11.45-12.45pm

Day 2 Friday 07 MAY

Free event

PLENARY SESSION I 12.45-1.00pm

Suncorp Piazza Free event FILM SCREENING III: Chinese Take Away (Anna YEN and Mitzi Goldman)


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Prof ZHANG Boyu

Keynote address

PAPER SESSION: Music & tradition


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall PANEL DISCUSSION I: Music & innovation

Free event 2.00-3.45pm

Suncorp Piazza TANG Yuen-ha, winner of the 8th ‘Plum Blossom’ award for theatre, demonstrates and performs this revered style of Chinese Opera, presented by Jingkun Theatre Company in association with the Shanghai Academy of Chinese Traditional Theatre. Free event FINALE (SPECIAL EVENT III): Harvest of Endurance


Chinese folk, classical and art music

Suncorp Piazza CONCERT VII: Kunqu: The origin of opera


Followed by evening concert

Suncorp Piazza FILM SCREENING II: Yum Cha Cha (Boyd Britton)

Registration and Official Opening


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Intercultural composition & performance PAPER SESSION: Music & the related arts


QCA Room S07_1.23 Intercultural creativity PLENARY SESSION II


QCA Room S07_1.23 Dr YANG Mu

Keynote address


Ian Hanger Recital Hall


The Harvest of Endurance is a collective composition of 18 of Australia’s most talented and established composers based on the 50 metre long Harvest of Endurance Scroll (1988) by Chinese-Australian artist MO Xiangyi.


Admission: Adults $15 / Concessions $10 at the door



Ian Hanger Recital Hall Prof Jonathan Stock PAPER SESSION: Music & ritual

Keynote address 10.50-11.40am

Ian Hanger Recital Hall Chinese religion in diaspora AFTERNOON AND EVENING CONCERTS Day 4 Sunday 09 May PANEL DISCUSSION II


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Music & history: early Australian Chinese encounters (with special address to the memory of Gold Rush period Chinese theatre & music specialist, Prof Harold Love) PAPER SESSION: Music and history


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Music & history: Early Australian Chinese encounters AFTERNOON CONCERTS



Concerts Encounters Orchestral Concert FRI 07 May


Conservatorium Theatre Admission: $26.50, Concession $16.50 Experience Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra with Michael Morgan and visiting conductor Philip Chu (Hong Kong) in an exciting mix of familiar and rarely heard pieces related to China. In addition to works by well-known composers such as Puccini, Grainger and Sitsky, the program features Oriental rain by Julian YU, the world premiere of Two Grievances after Li Bai by Queensland Conservatorium alumnus Liam Flenady, and a Chinese cradlesong arrangement by Dr Nicholas NG, sung in Mandarin by Australian soprano Heather Lee. Encounters Chamber Concert FRI 07 May


Ian Hanger Recital Hall Free Event Join Queensland Conservatorium faculty and students in a celebration of some of their best and most intimate chamber music by Larry Sitsky, Julian YU, and GAO Ping – internationally regarded composers and living cultural bridges between China, their country of origin, and their adopted homelands of Australia and New Zealand. Javanese Gamelan meets China SAT 08 May


Conservatorium Foyer Free Event Gamelan ensembles have a history of patronage by Chinese ex-patriate communities in Java. This concert will include some traditional repertoire for the Gamelan piecers with Chinese cultural references.


Kunqu: the origin of opera SUN 09 May


Suncorp Piazza South Bank Free Event TANG Yuen-ha, winner of the 8th ‘Plum Blossom’ award for theatre is a Chinese opera artist of the highest calibre. Witness her in action at Suncorp Piazza in collaboration with Jingkun Theatre Company (Hong Kong) and QLD Conservatorium students.

Flowers and the Wide Sea: Music and dance of the Chinese overseas SAT 08 May


South Bank Rainforest Green Free Event Brisbane’s Chinese community allows audiences to discover the sights and sounds of people that live in your neighbourhood. Chinese Aura: the New Purple Forbidden City Orchestra

Shanghai Jazz Night

SAT 08 May

SAT 08 May

South Bank Rainforest Green


Rydges South Bank Hotel Admission: $15, or included in the A Night in Shanghai ticket price Continuing the theme of A Night in Shanghai, Stephen Newcomb and the West End Composers Collective join forces with Australian composer John Huie and diva Jasmine CHEN in a latenight concert of ‘decadent music’ from China’s jazz era.


Free Event Visiting Australia for the first time, the New Purple Forbidden City Orchestra is an ensemble of 10 virtuoso traditional musicians from Beijing’s famous conservatories of music. They present a program of traditional and contemporary pieces that aim to maintain the essential identity of their ancient instruments, including two arrangements by GAO Weijie, father of famous New Zealand composer Dr GAO Ping.

Film screenings Chinese Take Away

Karaoke King

by Anna YEN and Mitzi Goldman

by Carine CHAI

An adaptation of an acclaimed physical theatre show, Chinese Take Away is a unique blend of poetic storytelling, drama and archival footage. Travelling across time and space to China in the early 1900s, Hong Kong in the 1930s and 1960s Sydney, Anna uncovers stories about her grandmother, mother and herself in order to understand the causes of a family tragedy. Chinese Take Away is a deeply personal tale of strength, loss and transformation.

Small town Chinese cook Wally Foo is sick and tired of his life in the kitchen. He plans on going to the Regional Karaoke Championships against the wishes of his wife and restaurant owner, Mei-Lan, who locks him in the kitchen on the day of the competition! Will Wally manage to achieve his dreams of becoming a singer? Lulu’s Opera House by Lei ZHANG Lei (Michelle) ZHANG has created this heart-warming 3D animation about a little girl called Lulu, who stumbles across a mysterious Beijing Opera house inhabited by a host of interesting and unusual characters. Not formally a fan of Beijing Opera, this wonderful experience was enough to change her opinion forever.

Lecture Demonstrations Sichuan music: Chinese music in flux Fri 07 May


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Free Event Dr Vanessa Tomlinson and composer Erik Griswold have extensively studied traditional Sichuan music with the purpose of finding ways of extrapolating, interpreting and recontextualising their knowledge. Their demonstration and workshop performance on traditional and contemporary aspects of Sichuan operatic percussion is designed to astound and delight.


Inspired by religion: Taoist and Chan Buddhist music SAT 08 May


Ian Hanger Recital Hall Free Event Tony Wheeler and representatives from Chung Tian Temple, Brisbane, present a morning of reflection on the spiritual music of Taoism and Buddhism.


Encounters Symposium

Focussing on diverse encounters between China and Australia from the earliest imaginings and representations to the latest cultural exchanges, symposium sessions are built on the following themes: music and history tradition and innovation cultural diversity and intercultural creativity music and ritual music and the related arts.


Symposium participants include scholars in Chinese and AustralianChinese studies from Australia and the international arena. Sessions feature presentations by, and discussions between, emerging and seasoned ethnomusicologists, historians, cultural theorists, composers and performers.

The Encounters Symposium brings together expertise in a range of scholars, disciplines and practices from Asia, Europe and Australia. This creates the opportunity to focus on the connections between Australia and China, but also on the relationship between music research and practice, composition and performance, and the study of contemporary and traditional musics.

Plenary Sessions: Keynote speakers

Prof ZHANG Boyu


Prof Jonathan Stock

Professor ZHANG Boyu is Dean of the Musicology Department at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. His research focuses on the concept and methods of world music education. Having received his training as an ethnomusicologist partly in China and partly in Europe, he has the ability to cross cultural divides in his work and lectures.

Dr YANG Mu is currently a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Since 2005 he has been Guest Professor in Ethnomusicology of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His research interest mainly resides in the areas of China’s traditional musical cultures, contemporary anthropological and cultural theories and their application in ethnomusicology, as well as current social transformation and change in musical cultures in China.

Professor Jonathan Stock is Director of the Centre for Applied and Interdisciplinary Research in Music at the University of Sheffield. Author of five books and editor of five further volumes, he has published widely in international journals and conferences. A former chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Professor Stock is currently co-editor of the journal The World of Music and was guest co-editor of the 2006 Yearbook for Traditional Music.

Thirty Years of Ethnomusicology in China: A Personal Memoir

Chinese Music in the Contemporary World: Research Perspectives

At the end of 1978 YANG Mu was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and began a five-year major in musicology specialising in the study of Chinese music. In the following year modern ethnomusicology was first introduced to the People’s Republic of China.

In this talk, I provide a series of snapshots of Chinese music, trying to summon up the “here-and-now” that is contemporary Chinese music. We will look at traditions rooted in Chinese history, examples deeply associated with particular localities, and instances where a music has become transformed over time within the Chinese context. We will consider the rise of newer musical resources as well, including music for modernised Chinese instruments, Western classical music, popular music, and the internet. The examples will draw out aspects of both continuity and change in the Chinese musical world, with closing reflections given to notions of Chinese-ness in music and also to potential new directions for study in this area.

Development of the Chinese National Orchestra and Orchestral Music in the 20th Century It is generally recognized that the content of China’s contemporary music is richly intertwined with folkloric musical traditions widely practised in China. Yet since the beginning of the 20th Century many modern forms have seen the increasing influence of Western music. Chinese national orchestra, a type of large orchestra formed under the formulation of the Western symphony orchestra, is one of the results of this influence. This presentation gives an overall review of the development of the orchestra during the 20th century. A number of topics will be discussed, including innovations of the Chinese musical instruments, the emergence of the Chinese national orchestra, the orchestral works themselves, and rethinking the development process of the orchestra. Through this, the dilemma of the preservation and development of the traditional music will be discussed.

A key pioneer in this introduction was Marion Grey, an Australian studying the same major in Yang Mu’s class. By examining how the development of modern ethnomusicology in China has been interwoven with Yang Mu’s own career as an ethnomusicologist contributing to Australia-China encounters, this presentation considers the difficulties, primary issues, problems, achievements, and hopes in this field in contemporary China.



Paper Sessions The Encounters Symposium features a number of sessions of individual presentations by leading academics in the fields of music and Australia-China studies. Topics include: Music & tradition: Chinese folk, classical and art music Fri 07 May


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Pipa master Wei DENG and pianist Dr Shan DENG present and analyse two AustralianChinese compositions for pipa and piano. Music & the related arts: Intercultural creativity Fri 07 May


QCA Room S07_1.23 Dr Dean CHAN, a leading critical theorist from Edith Cowan University, presents on diasporic issues in cultural production and digital gaming. Greg LEONG, Director Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and scholars. Music & ritual: Chinese religion in diaspora Sat 08 May


Ian Hanger Recital Hall Tony Lewis, Australian master on the qin (7-string zither), presents a meditative rendition of Daoist music, followed by an explanation of the music performed. The monastics of Chung Tian Temple present fanbai, a form of Chan ritual singing.


Music and the modern world: ‘Chineseness’ and the Chinese presence in diaspora Sat 08 May


Ian Hanger Recital Hall Dr Shzr Ee TAN, Research Fellow at Royal Holloway (University of London), speaks on internet pop-activism in China: its impact on the diaspora and in the Western world. Dr Tony Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, presents his analysis on Sa DingDing’s (‘The Asian Bjork’) and her recent appearance at Womadelaide. Assist Professor TSAI Tsan Huang, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, shares his findings on the Chinese musical collections of Australia.

Panel Sessions Encounters Symposium panel sessions will address the following topics: Music and innovation in composition and performance Fri 07 May


Basil Jones Orchestral Hall Chaired by Vincent Plush, featuring speakers Assoc Prof Jack Body, Emeritus Prof Larry Sitsky, Dr GAO Ping, and Julian YU.

Music & history: Early Australian Chinese encounters

Music and history in early Australian Chinese encounters

Sun 09 May

Sun 09 May



Basil Jones Orchestral Hall

Basil Jones Orchestral Hall

Musician and composer Dr WANG Zheng-ting presents on Chinese music on the goldfields.

Chaired by Dr Aline Scott-Maxwell, featuring speakers A/Prof Regina Ganter, Ash Dargan, and Dr WANG Zheng-ting.

Dr Aline Scott-Maxwell from Monash University examines representations of China in Australian popular culture.

Acknowledgements This project has been realised through the support of the Griffith University ASI program Music, the Arts and the Asia-Pacific as well as two dozen individual supporters, partners and sponsors (see back cover). Encounters program committee:

Ms Sue Punshon

Dr Nicholas Ng

Ms Sarah Sullivan

Mr Liam Flenady

Ms Suzannah Conway

Dr Vanessa Tomlinson

Mr David Bennett

Mr Vincent Plush GS10079

Production team:

Ms Wang Yu-Yan Prof Huib Schippers

Encounters is also grateful to the many student volunteers that have contributed to this project.

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University would like to thank the following sponsors: PRINCIPAL SPONSORS



Jingkun Theatre Company Supported by Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government


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