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(Forthcoming) Chanting rhythms: Exploring the Tahitian pehe

Fifth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2018), June 26–29, 2018 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Abstract: In this paper, I investigate a fundamental component of the polyrhythms accompanying traditional Tahitian dances, which Tahitians refer to as pehe, or rhythmic sequences performed in the percussion ensemble. The aim is to explore the […]

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Multimusicalités tahitiennes: Créativité et mobilité artistiques dans le paysage musical tahitien contemporain

Keynote at the Séminaire du Centre de Recherche et Documentation sur l’Océanie, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, EHESS, CREDO UMR 7308. 9 February 2018. Abstract: Les différents univers musicaux tahitiens, qui vont du renouveau et du développement des pratiques musicales précoloniales à la pratique de genres importés comme le jazz, le rock, ou la musique classique, peuvent […]

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Legacy and global sustainability: A creative multidisciplinary approach

Presented at the 44th International Council for Traditional Music World Conference, Limerick (Ireland), 13-19 July 2017. Abstract: Among the increasing flow of culture, technology, and people that characterise the current globalisation process, scholars identified perceptions of “out-of-control” intercultural musical practice and transient musical identities “in constant fission and fusion” (Stokes, Feld). In this respect, questions […]

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Ethics, aesthetics, and audiences: Navigating music production and artistic research in operatic context

European Platform for Artistic Research in Music Conference, Antwerp (Belgium), 20-22 April 2017. Abstract: This paper seeks to analyze the development of the relationships between research, practice, and production in the case study of the composition and production of L’Esprit du Feu: Te Varua o Te Auahi, a contemporary intercultural operatic work in Tahitian language. […]

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From Pacific resistance to pacific resistance : Expressions of Māʻohi-ness in contemporary Tahitian popular music

Presented at the Australian Association for Pacific Studies Conference, Cairns, 1-3 April 2016. Abstract: In Tahiti, the contemporary popular music sector is rooted in a strong singing tradition and is extremely diverse and dynamic, as a result of an active flowering of music groups since the early twentieth century. Intimately linked to colonial history, it […]

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Towards a Polynesian pianism: Dissemination of Tahitian polyrhythms and hīmene on the keyboard

 Presented at the Annual Student Symposium of the Musicological Society of Australia, Sydney Chapter, Seymour Centre, The University of Sydney, 5 September 2015. Abstract: Today scholars acknowledge that the ever increasing globalisation process throws a threat on the fragile Pacific Islands cultures. In this context, one can wonder whether musical products of intercultural contact can […]

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From ʻŌrero to Opera: Multi-musicality in Tahiti

Presented at the Symposium ‘Competing Voices: The Status of Indigenous Languages in the French Pacific and Australia’, The University of Sydney, 25 May 2015. Abstract: The contemporary Tahitian cultural landscape embeds the history of two centuries of intercultural contact. To follow Marie Louise Pratt, Tahiti is a place of co-presence where indigenous culture has been […]

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‘Ui no Fa‘aoe: insights into and from ethnomusicological composition

Presented at the Australian Association for Pacific Studies Conference, Sydney, 22-26 April 2014, and at the Journées d’Etude of the Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie, Paris, 23-25 May 2014. Abstract: Since the beginning of Western presence, Tahiti island has undergone deep cultural changes, which history is reflected by the contemporary musical landscape. It forms a “contact zone”, […]

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Phoenix or Salamander? A fresh approach to transculturation in contemporary music in French Polynesia

  Presented at the Joint Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia & the New Zealand Musicological Society, Brisbane, 18-21 November 2013.   Abstract: Transculturation has been underway since the beginning of Western presence in French Polynesia, and it is now clear that hybridity and ‘borrowing’ practices were already present in the pre-contact Pacific. As […]

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Musical transculturation at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts: A creative approach to the sustainability of tradition in Francophone Pacific Islands

  Presented at the 42nd International Council for Traditional Music World Conference, Shanghai, July 2013. Also presented at the Honours and Postgraduate Music Research Day, University of South Australia, Adelaide, November 2012. Abstract: As globalisation and climate change pose a threat to human societies in some parts of Oceania, questions surrounding the concept of sustainability […]

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