14 June 2017: 10:30 am – 5 pm , Bimhuis/Amsterdam

Expert meeting on the preservation and management of world music heritage

The motto “No future without a past’ sounds as familiar as it does gratuitous. After all, as far as the preservation of intangible cultural heritage is concerned music is generally overlooked. We cherish everything from Bach to The Beatles, but what happens in a rapidly globalizing world with other music icons, cultures and collections?

The meticulous way with which we manage the visual arts in the Netherlands as attested to by the various national museums, is matched by the carelessness shown when it comes to audio. In recent years, thanks to private initiative, several important music collections from the Dutch World Service, the KIT Tropentheater and most recently the RASA Music Centre, were saved at the eleventh hour. To say nothing of the shutdown in 2013 of the Muziek Centrum Nederland (Music Centre Netherlands) (MCN), the Nederlands Muziek Instituut (Netherlands Music Institute) (NMI) and closure of the Muziekbiblotheek (Music Library) in Hilversum.

What is our musical intangible heritage worth? Who is concerned about our collective musical memory when it is the selective memory of internet that dominates? What is the current state of affairs concerning digital sustainability? Why is world music often relegated to the bottom of the list? Questions that are entitled to be answered during  ‘Old Vinyl, New Views- The A & B side of Our Musical Future’, expert meeting on the preservation and management of world music heritage.

Keynote by Prof. John Collins (Legon University, Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation- Ghana). Presentation of his most recent publications Highlife Giants and the update to his Fela Kuti journal Kalakuta Notes.
Andy Linehan (British Library, curator of Popular Music- UK)
Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies – FR) presentation of the book and CD The Photographs of Charles Duvelle – Disque Ocora and Collection Prophet

Emiel Barendsen (World Music Forum NL, Ex-Tropentheater), Harry van Biessum (Beeld & Geluid), Marcus Cohen (Stichting DEN, Kennisinstituut Digitale Cultuur)
Fred Gales (Instituut Multiculturele Muziek Studies), Paul Gompes (Nederlands Jazz Archief), Bernard Kleikamp (PAN Records), Felix van Lamsweerde (Ex-curator etnomusicology KIT), Tim de Wolf (Audio archeologist).

–       Date: Wednesday 14 June 10:30am – 5 pm (doors open at 10 am)

–       Location: Bimhuis, Amsterdam

–       Entry fee: €22,-  (including lunch), tickets via www.bimhuis.nl

–       Programme: detailed programme below

–       Organisation: World Music Forum NL, in collaboration with Bimhuis

–       Contact: info@worldmusicforum.nl

************************************************************************************************************* Programme

10.00   Doors open

10.30   Opening: Stan Rijven, World Music Forum NL

10.35   Keynote:
The importance of preserving old African popular music recordings
Professor John Collins
(Legon University, Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation)

11.15   Discussing the legacy of Charles Duvelle and Disques Ocora and
Collection Prophet
Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies)

11.40  Panel I : The Why on Preservation
Fred Gales (IMMS- Instituut Multiculturele Muziekstudies)
Harry van Biessum (Beeld & Geluid)
Bernard Kleikamp (Pan Records)

12.45   Bookpresentations
Highlife Giants (John Collins)
Fela Kuti, Kalakuta Notes (John Collins)

12.45   Lunch

13.45   An archive in the UK – the British Library’s popular music collections
Andy Linehan (British Library, National Sound Archives)

14.30   Panel II : How to Preserve?
Paul Gompes (Nederlands Jazz Archief)
Felix van Lamsweerde (ex- conservator etno-musicology Tropenmuseum, A’dam)
Marcus Cohen (DEN, Digitaal Erfgoed Nederland)
Tim de Wolf (Audio Archeologist)

15.15   Break

15.30   Round-Up: Conclusions and recommendations
Discussion with the audience and speakers

16.00 – 17.00   Drinks

Moderators:  Armeno Alberts (music journalist),
Stan Rijven (music journalist, World Music Forum NL)
Summaries:  Emiel Barendsen (World Music Forum NL)
Organisation: Sonja Heimann (World Music Forum NL)