BIBAC 2014 Conference Concert & Talk, 25 Oct 2014, Churchill College

BIBAC 2014 , 24-26 Oct

Saturday 25 OCT 2014
6.30-7.30 pm,

‘Personifying Interculturality: Performing Research’ 

The Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College and the Churchill Music Society are delighted to host the BIBAC2014 Conference Concert. This event is also a special Musical Welcome for Dame Athene Donald, the new Master of Churchill College. The concert promises an enchanting evening of original works with evocative tonescapes,  rich rhythmic pulsations and a beautiful blend of music and musical instruments from different cultures. Audiences will witness the world premiere of several compositions as artifacts of practice-led research.  This concert is also a part of the 2014 Cambridge Festival of Ideas Programme.


  • Valerie Ross : * Blue Spot                                                                                                             Jane Turner (body), Jorg Fachner (saz/percussion), Tom Ainge (voice),                             Deepak Venkateshvaran (tabla), Hibiki Ichikawa (tsugaru samisen), Shuraifa Faruqi (electronics)
  • Mark Gotham: *Isomorphic Fantasy                                                                                          John Bachelor and Edward Lilley (organ)
  • Joshua Uzoigwe: Egwu Amala                                                                                                     Jiaxi Liu (Piano)
  • Lutosławski: Two movements from  Dance Preludes                                                             Edward Lilley (Piano)  and Tom Ainge (Clarinet)
  • Hibiki Ichikawa & Deepak Venkateshvaran: * Electric and Shisa new works for Tsugaru Shamizen & Tabla
  • Three pieces performed by Cambridge Gamelan & members of the Southbank Gamelan Players (Laura Brücker, Robert Campion, Andrew Fitt, Helen Loth, Dave Pooley, Charlotte Pugh).
    • Charlotte Pugh : * Romance
    • Robert Campion : * Miniature
    • Traditional Piece : Ladrang Pangkur                                                                                     * *First Performance

Programme Notes      

Blue Spot, named after the locus ceruleus in the human brain, is an output of Valerie Ross’ research in auditory entrainment. This electroacoustic work is layered with isochronic tones vibrating at 40hz (inducing gamma waves), soundscapes and original gamelan tones (saron barung), forming the fundamental electronic structure upon which traditional instruments interplay with Sanskrit vocals as a ‘body’ personifies, interprets and interacts with the surround sound.

Isomorphic Fantasy, a highly rhythmic piece based on using the same patterns in scales and rhythms, is related to the composer’s current research which supports the notion that isomorphism may be the reason for the ubiquity of certain parts of pitch and rhythmic patterns across the world. Mark Gotham is the Director of Music Making at Churchill College.

Joshua Uzoigwe’s Egwu Amala  is a piece of contemporary folk-based music from the African tradition that makes use of mixed metres. Jiaxi Liu gives a performance of this work by a pupil of Akin Euba, a former fellow of Churchill College and founder of CIMA/CIMACC.

Lutosławski’s set of Dance Preludes was among the last of the composer’s works to be based on Polish folk music. Performed by two Churchill College students, Tom Ainge and Edward Lilley, this work is dynamic and formidable particularly from the metrical perspective.

Hibiki Ichikawa and Deepak Venkateshvaran have teamed up to present two novel compositions, Electric and Shisa, which combines lyrical Japanese folk melodies with pulsating Indian rhythms. Hibiki is a professional tsugaru shamizen player based in the UK and Deepak is a research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory having recently completed his PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge.        

Romance by Charlotte Pugh and Miniature by Robert Campion will be premiered by the Cambridge Gamelan and members of Southbank Gamelan Players (Ensemble-in-Residence at Southbank Centre, London). Cambridge Gamelan is a combined student and community group directed by Robert Campion.  They round off the concert with an invigorating performance of traditional Javanese gamelan music.


Churchill College

25 Oct 2014
5.00pm – 6.00pm    

This talk will be presented by a panel of experts working in the interdisciplinary fields of music neuroscience, therapy and rehabilitation. Jӧrg Fachner will talk about ‘Getting back to favourite moments: musical episodic memory and recall’ and Helen will present outcomes from her research into the beneficial effects of playing Indonesian gamelan music for children and adults with a range of special needs in ‘Gamelan playing for health and therapy’.  Physiotherapist Sarah Upjohn shares her experiences and challenges in ‘Introducing health promotion practices from the fields of sport coaching, dance training into instrumental music education’.  Valerie Ross, will speak about her work on ‘Layering soundscapes for auditory entrainment: engaging the Blue Spot ’. The session will be chaired Professor Nicholas Cook.



Jörg Fachner holds a PhD in Medicine and is Professor of Music, Health and the Brain at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His research interests and publications focus on music therapy and its applications in healing cultures, modern medicine and special education, music and the reward system in the brain. He has presented keynotes at several international conferences, published articles and edited two books on music therapy, consciousness states and addition treatment. Since 2008, he has served as Chair for Publications for the World Federation of Music Therapy. Jörg has performed and recorded music as a guitarist, singer and Saz (Baglama) player.

Helen Loth is a course leader for MA Music Therapy and manages the Music Therapy Clinic at Anglia Ruskin University. She has a special interest in multi-cultural improvisation and teaches Indonesian gamelan. Her clinical interests include music therapy in psychiatry, for people with eating disorders and for young children with learning disabilities and their families, areas which she has published book chapters and journal articles. She plays Balinese and Javanese gamelan and has performed in the UK and internationally with the South Bank Gamelan Players and the Cambridge Gamelan , playing traditional and contemporary compositions. Her current research looks into the relevance of Indonesian gamelan music in music therapy practice.

Sarah Upjohn is an education-researcher-physiotherapy-practitioner working within a specialist school for young musicians, where she was originally employed to treat playing related injuries. The realisation that the majority of these injuries were preventable, fuelled by a desire to make a change, led, in 2011, to her joining the first cohort of Doctorate of Education students at the University of Cambridge. Her research is based around and within the challenges of setting up an injury prevention and health promotion framework at the school. This involves combining evidence based knowledge and practice from the diverse fields of physiotherapy, occupational health, performing arts medicine, sports science, athletics coaching, dance training, and change management.