Latvian musicologist


Born: November 13, 1949.
Home address: Pushkina iela 19 - 12, Riga LV - 1050, LATVIA
Telephone: 371 - 2 - 211554;
Fax: 371 - 2 - 278060;
e - mail:
avramecs@acad.latnet.lv


EDUCATION

1992 PhD (Musicology), Riga <Latvian nostrification of the former PhD degree>
1990 PhD (Candidate of the Sciences of Art), Vilnius, Dissertation "The Main Traits of the Music Culture of Ethiopia"
1978 - 1981 Postgraduate studies at Moscow State Conservatory
1973 M. A. in Music, Riga, Latvian State Conservatory

WORK HISTORY

1993 - Latvian Academy of Arts, lecturer; from 1995 - Associated Professor
1993 - Director of the Riga Early Music Centre
1992 - Latvian University, lecturer; from 1995 - Associated Professor
1992 - Riga Pedagogical Institute, Department of Theory and History of Music lecturer;
from 1994 - Associated Professor
1991 - MM work group ; the project of the development of musical education in general education schools in Latvia, director
1982 - 1986,
1992
Music Academy of Latvia, Department of History of Music, lecturer
from 1995 Associated Professor
1973 - 1978,
1982 - 1995
Chamber orchestra of the Philharmonic Society of Latvia, violin player
1970 - 1973 Symphony orchestra of Latvian TV and Radio, violin player

PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC OFFICES

1997 - Member of the board of the Latvian New Music Association
1995 - Member of the board of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art
1993 - 1995 Member of the board of the Soros Foundation - Latvia
1993 - 1994 Member of the board of Spidola Foundation at the Latvian Culture Foundation
1993 - Member of the Committee "Riga - 800"
1992 - 1994 Vice - chairman of the Latvian Association for the Oriental Studies
1990 - Member of the ESEM (European Seminar in Ethnomusicology)
1989 - Member of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music)
1989 - Director of the Latvian Oriental Music Center
1988 - Member of the Latvian Composers' Union (LCU),
1993 - 1995 Chairman of the Musicological Department of the LCU

RESEARCH INTERESTS

General theory of music culture; research methodology. Study of music cultures of Tropical Africa, India, Philippines, Mongolia and U. S. A. Music in the context of traditional culture. European Early music. New music of the 20th century; music of the U. S. A. composers. The impact of new technologies on music culture. History of popular music. Global processes of the world's music culture in the second half of the 20th century. Contents, methods and practices of music education. Traditional music in modern musical education.

PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES

1979, Moscow U. S. S. R. Conference on Ethiopian Studies
1979, Tashkent Recent Problems of Study of the Music Cultures of Asia and Africa
1984, Riga Mutual Interaction of the Western and Eastern Cultures
1984, Moscow Culture Processes in Developing Countries
1986, Moscow The 9th International Congress on Ethiopian Studies
1987, Samarkand The 3rd International Symposium of Musicologists
1988, Dushanbe The 3rd U. S. S. R. Conference on Oriental Studies
1988, Riga The 23rd Conference of the Baltic Musicologists
1989, Budapest The 3rd International Conference of African Studies "Tradition and Modernization in Africa Today"
1990, West - Berlin The 7th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology
1991, Geneva The 8th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology
1991, Jurmala International Conference of Musicologists
1992, Riga Traditional Culture and Modern Education
1992, St. Petersburg African Cultures in the World Civilizational Processes
1992, Riga Baltic - Nordic Conference on Oriental Studies
1993, Moscow Russian avant - garde in the context of the European culture in the 20th century
1993, Moscow Studies in Arabian Music in 1932 - 1992
1993, Barcelona The 9th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology
1993, Tallinn International Conference of Musicologists
1995, Falun Aspects on Music and Multiculturalism
1995, Oackland (USA) The Music, Poetry and Art of John Cage
1996, Moscow Music and Art in Higher Education
1996, St. Petersburg St. Petersburg - Baltic states: Cultural relations in XX th. century

PUBLIC LECTURES, RADIO AND TV BROADCASTS

Has lectured on general theory of music culture and methodology of research, on music cultures of Africa, Asia and Americas, on 20th century music, on European music history and on popular music at the Moscow State University, the Moscow State Conservatory, the European University at St. Petersburg, Stanford University, Tartu University, Lithuanian Music Academy, the Latvian State Conservatory, Latvian Seminary of Advanced Pedagogical Studies, University of Latvia, Institute of the Development of Education, and many Latvian schools and other educational institutions. Has prepared series of radio and TV programs on traditional music of the world's peoples, New music and Early music. Has regularly discussed Latvian composers' works and spooked about the music life in Latvia in mass media.

MUSICAL ACTIVITIES

Has performed as a soloist some programs devoted to the 20th century violin music and Baroque music. As a member of Latvian Chamber orchestra has played in Latvia, Russia and all the other former Soviet Republics, in U. S. A., France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, West and East Germany, Austria, Holland, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Turkey, Czechoslovakia and India. Is a violinist in the Baroque music ensemble "Collegium Musicum Riga". Took part in the International Early music seminar in Jerusalem, Israel (1994) and 34. "Internationales Heinrich - Schütz - Fest" in Dresden, Germany (1995).

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Author of more than 40 articles, co - author of the book "Music Instruments; Music Traditions of the World's Peoples; Popular Music" (will be published in August, 1997). As a director of the Riga Early Music Centre has organised five International Early Music Festivals and several concert series (1992 - 1997). In Soviet times has organised two unofficial New Music festivals in Riga (1976 and 1977).

LANGUAGES

Russian, Latvian - native; English, German - fluent; French, Polish - reading knowledge.

LECTURE COURSES DEVELOPED IN 1992 - 1995

The study of music in the culture context: Introductory course. - Riga, 1992 (Riga Pedagogical Institute).

The study of music in the culture context: Special course for musicologists. - Riga, 1992
(Music Academy of Latvia).

The music culture of the USA: Special course for musicologists. - Riga, 1993 (Music Academy of Latvia).

The music as a phenomenon of culture. - Riga, 1993 (Latvian Academy of Arts), 1995
- a new version for the Department of Philosophy, Latvian University.

The music and religion: From ancient cultures to 20th century. - Riga, 1993 (Music Academy of Latvia).

The music cultures of East Asia: China, Korea, Japan: An introduction. - Riga, 1993
(Department of Orientalistics, Latvian University).

The history and styles of popular music. - Riga, 1994 (Riga Pedagogical Institute).

The library and archive work: Introductory course for musicologists. - Riga, 1994 (Music Academy of Latvia).

The history of the 20th century music. - Riga, 1994 (Riga Pedagogical Institute, Music Academy of Latvia).

The "New Music", 1945 - 1995: Special course for musicologists. - Riga, 1995 (Music Academy of Latvia).

The history of the music cultures of the world: An introduction. - Riga, 1995 (Latvian University).

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

On some trends in the study of the Ethiopian traditional music culture.
In "Music: Book Reviews", (Moscow), 1979, 1:42 - 49 (in Russian).

The music culture of Ethiopia: ethnic and social determinations.
In "Theses of All - the - Union conference on Ethiopian studies", Moscow, 1979:23, (in Russian).

The music of Zaire in publications of 1969 - 1977.
In "Music: Book Reviews", (Moscow), 1980, 3:19 - 25 (in Russian).

Study of music culture of Asia and Africa as a special science discipline.
In "Music culture of Asia and Africa: The special course program", Moscow, 1982:36 - 40 (in Russian).

The music culture of Tropical and Southern Africa. - In "Music culture of Asia and Africa:
The special course program", Moscow, 1982:67 - 75 (in Russian).

Ethiopian music. - In "Encyclopaedia of Music", Vol. 6, Moscow, 1982, col. 582 - 584 (in Russian).

Hornbostel. - In "Encyclopaedia of Music", Vol. 6, Moscow, 1982, col. 58 - 59 (in Russian).

Study and dissemination of Asian and African traditional music abroad.
In "Topical problems in study of music cultures of Asia and Africa", Tashkent, 1983:25 - 29 (in Russian).

Some aspects in recent development of music cultures in socialist oriented countries of Africa.
Moscow, 1983. - 29 p. (in Russian).

Music. - In "Republic of Zaire: Reference - book", Moscow, 1984: 221 - 229 (in Russian).

11. Music of China. - In "Latvian Encyclopaedia", Vol. 5, Part 2, Riga, 1984:662 (in Latvian).

Music of Korea. - In "Latvian Encyclopaedia", Vol. 5, Part 2, Riga, 1984:348, 350 (in Latvian).

Music of Burundi. - In "Africa: An Encyclopaedical Dictionary", Vol. 1, Moscow, 1986:384 - 385
(in Russian).

Music of Gambia. - In "Africa: An Encyclopaedical Dictionary", Vol. 1, Moscow, 1986:415~16
(in Russian).

Griot. - In "Africa: An Encyclopaedical Dictionary", Vol. 1, Moscow, 1986:455 (in Russian).

The music of Ethiopia. - In: "Africa: An Encyclopaedical Dictionary, Vol. 2, Moscow, 1987:599 - 600 (in Russian).

Music and dance. - In "Modern Ethiopia: Reference - book", Moscow, 1988:269 - - 286 (in Russian).

On mutual interaction of Arabic - Islamic and African music culture. - In "Papers of the III All - the - Union conference of the orientalists, Dushanbe, 1988", Moscow, 1988: 61 - 62 (in Russian).

Sociocultural functions of instrumental ensembles and their role in traditional Ethiopian musical culture. - In "Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress on Ethiopian Studies, Moscow, 1986", Vol. 3, Moscow, 1988:30 - 37.

The impact of non - European music on the modern musical culture in the Baltic republics.
In "Abstracts of XXIII conference of the Baltic musicologists, Riga, 1988", Riga, 1988:21 - 24
(in Russian).

The main stylistic features of dhrupad performance in Dagar - vani practice.
In "The tradition and the modernity in Indian music", ed. by G. Mikhailov, Moscow, 1988:67 - 79
(in Russian).

Can Ethiopian traditional musical culture be viewed as (Black)African?
In "Tradition and modernisation in Africa today": Abstracts of the Third International Conference, Budapest, 1989:3.

Status and development of modern musical culture in the countries of Tropical Africa. - In "Popular music and traditions of Non - European cultures"/"Music: The survey of information", Moscow, 1989:40 - 56 (in Russian)

On the origin of musical traditions in the Ethiopian Christian Church: The role of music of Syrian liturgy of 4 - 6 centuries. - In "Theses of the International symposium 'Barbed and artistic traditions of the people in Central Asia and Near East', Dushanbe, 1990", Dushanbe, 1990:229 - 231 (in Russian).

The Berlin school of comparative musicology and the Moscow school of musical culturology. Continuity and new approaches. - In "VII. European Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Berlin, 1990.
Pre - publication of the papers, ", Berlin, 1990:21 - 29.

Review of the book 'Musical traditions of Asia and Africa', Moscow, 1986.
In "Peoples of Asia and Africa", Moscow, 1990, 2:191 - 195 (in Russian).

Ethnomusicology in the Baltics. - In "VIII. European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, Geneva, 1991":Abstracts of the papers, Geneva, 1991:43.

Traditional Mongolian music. - In "The Voice of Ulan Bator", (Venice, California), 1992, 1: 4 - 5.

Music teaching guidelines for the primary general education school. - Riga, 1992. - 14 p. (together with V. Muktupavels, A. Murnieks and I. Nelsone, in Latvian).

Programme for the music teaching in the general education school, grades 5 - 9. - In "Izglitiba" ("Education"), Riga, 1992, 34: 8 - 19 (together with V. Muktupavels, A. Murnieks and I. Nelsone, in Latvian).

Music teaching guidelines for the secondary general education school. - Riga, 1993. - 15 p. (together with V. Muktupavels, A. Murnieks and I. Nelsone, in Latvian).

Materials for the music teaching in the general education school, grades 5 - 9. - Riga, 1993. - 92 p. (together with V. Muktupavels, A. Murnieks and I. Nelsone, in Latvian).

The rise of the 'World Music': Dynamics of the multi - levelled music culture system. Possibilities of the of the semiotics of culture in the field of ethnomusicology. - In "IX. European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, Barcelona, 1993~: Abstracts of the papers, Barcelona, 1993: 27.


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