WAM March 16-17 Hinduism and Islam in Sundanese music
Memorial University's Music, Media and Place Research Centre's concludes it's 2012-13 lecture series next week with a talk from Dr. Sean Williams, of Evergreen State College. She will present Crossing the Divide: Hinduism and Islam in Sundanese Music. The Sundanese people of West Java, Indonesia, are known in that country as conservative Muslims. But their music, which includes over 200 genres, is complex and defies easy compartmentalization. There is a heavy influence from Hindu and animist stories, traditions and musical materials. An ethnomusicologist, Dr. Williams has travelled and studied extensively in the region. Her interests include not only music, but also cultural studies, social justice and religion. Dr. Williams speaks with host Mack Furlong.