Cosmopolitan, International, Global: Music, Archives and Politics in East and West Berlin since 1963

Event date: 07/03/2024
Location: Humboldt Forum Berlin, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung

Conference. Event. Workshop: 3 to 5 July, 2024. Workshop on the topic "Making Musical Instruments in East and West: Olga Adelmann and Curt Jung with a Resonating Journey to India" on July 4th from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the Staatliche Institut für Musikforschung.

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From July 3rd to 5th, a conference titled "Cosmopolitan, International, Global: Music, Archives and Politics in East and West Berlin since 1963" will take place at the Berlin Humboldt Forum, with participation from the SIM.

In connection with the conference, on July 4th, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., SIM will host a workshop titled "Instrument Making in East and West: Olga Adelmann and Curt Jung with a Resonating Journey to India" (Workshop 3). Registration for this workshop, as well as all others, is possible via eastwest2024@web.de. An overview of the workshops offered and the participation conditions can be found here.

Workshop 3:
Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung in Berlin, Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Kulturforum)
Making Musical Instruments in East and West: Olga Adelmann and Curt Jung with a resonating excursion to India
Mentors: Lars-Christian Koch, Thomas MacMillan, Radhey Shyam Sharma, Olga Sutkowska, Rebecca Wolf, Barnes Ziegler
The workshop concentrates on two stringed instruments (viola d’amore and violin) made by Olga Adelmann and Curt Jung and includes letters that the two wrote to each other across the German border within Berlin. The correspondence between those two instrument makers offers a good starting point for discussing perspectives from East and West Germany with regard to ideals of sound and historical performance practice. The resonating strings at some instruments will be of special interest and build a bridge to theories of the phenomenon of resonance.
With regard to the viola d’amore, the aspect of the sound ideal is also part of the East/West theme. The resonating/sympathetic strings play a sound-determining role in the construction of the viola d’amore, as they do in most North Indian stringed instruments. This central sound element in Indian music is hardly present in Western music, with a few exceptions only. An instrument maker from India – Radhey Shyam Sharma – will create a new level of discussion here. Together, we try to bring approaches from the fields of ethnomusicology – sound aesthetics and sound ideals - into the discussion.
The workshop also offers an opportunity for internal discussions with the instrument maker and the museum’s conservation scientist, Barnes Ziegler, on the subject of restoration and repair.
The text sources for the workshop are mostly in German. Workshop‘s languages are German and English.The text sources for the workshop are mostly in German. Workshop‘s languages are German and English.

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