Activities in late 2010/early 2011
In the past few months I have been busy with writing up my thesis (ongoing!), but I also found time to do both some research and practising community music as well as visiting several research centres that work on music and health related topics, an area of key interest to me as I work on music and dementia.
In January 2011 I participated in the OTOMO YOSHIHIDE RESONANCE 2011 event in Mito, Japan with Otoasobi. This was a very exciting event for us and you can read more here: http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~rii/mito.html. You can also get more information on the Otoasobi weekly workshops on this blog: http://blog.livedoor.jp/otoasobinokai/archives/51623201.html
Also in January I went to Hyogo in Japan to do some interviews and fieldwork for the upcoming publication “Leaving Something to the Imagination ‘Seeing’ New Places through a Musical Lens” (Mariko Hara and Tia DeNora), this was a follow up to my fieldwork in Norway last year where I visited the locations (in particular Grieg’s composer hut) that my informants had experienced through music.
In April 2011 I took part in the “Singing and Health Unconference” in Oxford, UK. This is another example of the growing interest in the use of music related to health, and it was a very fruitful event to attend. More info on this event can be found here: http://wellsing.posterous.com/
It was a great pleasure to visit GAMUT in Bergen where I was able to discuss community music use with professor Brynjulf Stige and Dr. Randi Rolvsjord, a topic that was also high on the agenda when I met professor Even Ruud and Marie Skånland at the Centre for music and health in Oslo.