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abake.nlDutch Society for Ethnomusicology and Worldmusic

‘Arnold Bake’

A society for enthusiasts of non-western performing arts

The Dutch Society for Ethnomusicology Arnold Bake, founded in 1984, aims at bringing together scholars, students, performers and general enthusiasts in the field of the traditional and popular performing arts. We welcome anyone interested in music, dance, theatre, story-telling, folk songs, musical rituals, urban and rural festivals or related genres and events to join our Society and attend our meetings.

The society, named after the pioneer musical fieldworker Arnold Bake, organizes regular conferences, seminars and workshops in close co-operation with Dutch universities, conservatories and other institutions. It publishes a regular newsletter (three to four times per year, in Dutch) and – in co-operation with Leiden University – the English-language journal Oideion, an internationally acclaimed academic publication in the field of the traditional performing arts.
The society functions as national committee to the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), and co-operates closely with other national and international institutions and organizations, such as the Department of Musicology of the University of Amsterdam, The Department of Worldmusic of the Rotterdam Conservatory and the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM).
For funding, the Society relies on membership dues, donations and institutional sponsoring. The Society’s Board consists of a selection of the Society’s members. The Board is newly elected annually during a brief >general assembly. The Society is formally registered as a non-profit organization in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. We welcome contributions and bequests to support our activities. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information on opportunities for donations, contact our office in Leiden.

About researcher Arnold Bake
Arnold Bake (1899-1963) carried out pioneer fieldwork on Indian vocal music in the 1930s and -40s and was a major inspiration for later generations of ethnomusicologists. He studied oriental languages and Sanskrit at Leiden University and later taught Sanskrit and Indian Music at Oxford and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He received practical instruction from singer/poet Rabindranath Tagore and was among the first scholars to do research in the double role of (vocal) participant and observer.
Further information:
Dutch Society for Ethnomusicology ‘Arnold Bake’
P/A Institute of Social and Cultural studies, dept. of Anthropology
Leiden University, Wassenaarseweg 52,
Postbus 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, NL
Tel. +31-71-5273475; Fax: +31-71-5273619.
E-mail: info@abake.nl

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