John Robison Shares the Joy of Music in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean
Friday, June 17, 2016
Professor of Musicology John Robison stayed busy during the 2015-1016 academic year with a variety of international activities that included concerts, lectures, and conference presentations in Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia.
During the International Conference on Music Since 1900 at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, he presented a paper on Chinese composer Wang Xilin ("Wang Xilin, Tiananmen Square, and Symphony No. 3") and collaborated with Assistant Professor of Piano Eunmi Ko to present a lecture recital on Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda's Sonata for soprano recorder and piano. Professor Robison presented for the Rhythm Changes: Jazz Utopia conference held at the University of Birmingham and gave a talk on the history of Indian composer John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusions ensemble.
He participated in the second Biennial Conference on Music and the Arts held at the University of the Virgin Islands, presented a paper on "Zhu Jian-er, Tibet, and Symphony No. 3" and preformed a concert on oboe/English Horn of music by Latin American and African-American composers.
During his October 2015 tour to South Korea and Hong Kong he presented solo concerts on Renaissance lute and Baroque archlute at the University of Ulsan, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Baptist University. He also gave in-depth post graduate colloquium lectures at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist, and Ewha Women's University. During the spring of 2016 he was invited to give lectures on diverse topics at two of the best universities in Singapore. Most recently, he was the featured speaker at the World of Music Forum held in China where he performed a solo recital on lute and arch-lute as well as giving a pair of two hour presentations on West African composers and Indian composer John Mayer.
Professor Robison is now proudly published on two continents with his paper on the influence of Indonesian gamelan in the music of composer Elaine Barkin being featured in Open Space Magazine and Asian Musicology.