Tuesday, April 17, 2007

LECTURE- Preservation of Music in Western Mongolia, April 27, Vienna

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LECTURE- Preservation of Music in Western Mongolia, April 27, Vienna

Posted by: Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar <zakhchinmusic@yahoo.de>

LECTURE - Preservation of the Traditional Music of the Western
Mongolian Zakhchin Tribe, Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar MA, April 27, 2007

3rd Days of the "Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology"
in cooperation with the "Committee for Social Anthropology of the
Austrian Academy of the Sciences" and the "Museum for Ethnology"

Workshop 2: Central Asia in Movement
NIG, University of Vienna
Universitätsstraße 7
1010 Vienna

"Preservation of the Traditional Music of the Western Mongolian Zakhchin Tribe"

Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar, MA

Friday, April 27, 2007, 14:00 - 16:00, Room SE-D

The ethnonym Zakhchin refers to a group of semi-nomadic Oirat Mongols,
who live in the Altai mountain range in the southwestern part of
Mongolia. Thanks to their geographical isolation they were able to
preserve their language, traditions and musical heritage. Despite
assimilation policies, language and ancient songs were preserved even
in the socialist era.

Yet, in the past years the introduction of the capitalistic system led
to significant changes, which caused internal out-migration among the
youths. Furthermore, due to the impact of new media, over the past ten
years the musical preferences of the younger generation shifted
towards Western and Mongolian pop music.

The traditional songs can be divided into different categories
according to their rhythm, tonality, lyrics and usage. Instrumental
accompaniment is rarely used.

The author has been studying traditional Zakhchin songs for several
years now. Her research is based on either the study of secondary
literature and fieldwork among the old singers on the high pastures.
She here presents the development and results of her work. Her goals
are the creation of a private archive of Zakhchin songs in digital and
written form and the production of music CDs.

The lecture is free and open to the public.
The lecture will be held in german language.

For more information, contact: zakhchinmusic@yahoo.de

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