International Shakuhachi Festival Prague 2017 Symposium

Organised by NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts in cooperation with Department of Musicology, Faculty of Arts Charles University in Prague and Department of Music Theory, Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Music as Identity: Regional Instruments in Changing Contexts

Prague, Czech Republic, September 14, 2017


What are and were the roles of different musical instruments in their communities and how are they changing? What are the key factors enabling and influencing these changes? How does the process of internationalisation of regional instruments and their use in artificial music influence their construction, practice and social status? How do composers influence these processes?

Contributions falling within the field of musicology, ethnomusicology, organology, music theory as well as ethnology, sociology and general humanities are welcome. The scope of the symposium is open to any musical instrument regardless of its region or ethnical origin.

Selected papers with topics falling within the scope of musicology, ethnomusicology, organology and music theory will be published upon peer review in Živá Hudba/Living Music Review, a periodical of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Written papers are not mandatory for presentation at the symposium.

This symposium will be conducted in English.
About International Shakuhachi Festival Prague:

The International Shakuhachi Festival Prague 2017 (ISFP 2017,, September 14 – 18, is an event dedicated to cultural and artistic exchange between Japanese and European contemporary music. Over the ten years of its existence, it has become an important artistic, networking and educational platform for musicians, composers, scholars and artists. Its long-term goal is to expand its audience perception for sound.

Key note speakers

Motonaga Hiromu

Genmyo Iso

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2017 (extended)
Notice on acceptance deadline: 7 June 2017 (extended)
Papers for Review publication deadline: 30 June 2017
Symposium date: 14 September 2017