Over time Dutch and Indonesian composers, performers and music scholars have inspired each other and they continue to do so. The presence of the Dutch in the Netherlands East-Indies and Indonesia, but also the existence of large diasporic communities in the Netherlands have contributed to a mutual exchange in musical terms: from military brass bands, classical and liturgical music to jazz, Indo rock and more recently world music. Yet, such musical interactions have often been shaped by unequal power balances, and very divergent motifs to start with.
Recollecting Resonances offers musicological, historical and anthropological explorations into those musical encounters that have been shaped in both the past and present. The resulting mutual heritage can still be listened to today.
Contributors include: Bart Barendregt, Els Bogaerts, Liesbeth Ouwehand, Gerard A. Persoon, Sumarsam, Miriam Brenner, R. Franki S. Notosudirdjo, Henk Mak van Dijk, Madelon Djajadiningrat, Clara Brinkgreve, Wim van Zanten, Matthew Cohen, Lutgard Mutsaers, Rein Spoorman, Annika Ockhorst, and Fridus Steijlen.
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Bart Barendregt is a lecturer and Director of Studies at The Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. He has published and made films on Southeast Asian performing arts, new and mobile media and (Islamic) popular music.
Els Bogaerts specialized in Southeast Asian languages and cultures (Leiden University) and classical Javanese dance and music (Yogyakarta). She published on cultural encounters, performing arts, and decolonization, and co-edited two volumes. Currently she is studying the representation of Javanese cultures on Indonesian television.
All those willing to learn more about the impact and consequences of musical encounters between Dutch and Indonesian performers in both a colonial and postcolonial setting as well as those with a wider interest in cultural and musical studies.