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02 February 2008

ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

The research work of the ethnomusicologist can take place anywhere, from a folk club in the pub down the road to remote and exotic parts of the world, recording the last performers of a dying music, or the first notes of a new kind, formed as cultures collide.

John McCarthy meets Rolf Killius, co-curator for the Music in India Exhibition at the Horniman Museum in London and Jonathan Stock, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield, two people who have travelled to China and India respectively in search of music.  They talk about the kind of places where they have discovered the music and the people they have met on the way.

HOTEL BRISTOL
Hotel Bristol, why is this such a popular name found not just on the continent of Europe but all over the globe?  Was there a Mister Bristol who started them all or is it a foreign byword for deluxe living, like Grand or Excelsior?  Writer and journalist Roger Williams has explored the mystery behind the Bristol Hotels.


Presented by John McCarthy

Mr India (Courtesy of Rolf Killius ©)


Photo: Mr India, a village elder and musician of the Sora community in Orissa, eastern India. 
 (courtesy of Rolf Killius ©)

This week’s guests: 

Rolf Killius

Co-curator for Utsavam - Music from India Exhibition at the Horniman Museum in South London 

Exhibition Utsavam - Music Of India
9 Feb – Sun 2 Nov 2008
“Experience the rich and diverse music of India in this major groundbreaking exhibition, which takes its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Utsavam’ meaning musical festivities.”
Venue: Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ – Tel: 020 8699 1872 

Professor Jonathan P. J. Stock
Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield and currently co-editor of the journal The World of Music

Roger Williams
Some years ago stopped at the Hotel Bristol in Carcassonne in south west France and wondered why there should be a hotel in the Languedoc named after an English seaport. He later found more Hotels Bristol in several other French towns, a few in the USA and others as far afield as Lagos, Gurgaon India, Kuwait and Buenos Aires.

Roger started to research the stories behind the hotels and their locations and collected memorabilia and has now visited about half a dozen of the 200 that exist. His has written about his findings in a book entitled HighTimes at the Hotel Bristol.

High Times at the Hotel Bristol – Twenty Bedside Tales
Publisher: Roger Williams
ISBN-10: 0955537606
ISBN-13: 978-0955537608

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