n Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa - Thailand ICTM 45 - reports

Volume 16 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1812-1004
  • E-ISSN: 2070-626X
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The closing ceremony of the 45th International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) biennial conference began at 5 pm on July 17th in the Sala Phra Kaew auditorium of Chulalongkorn University, where the event was hosted by the school’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Next to every one of the 500+ seats (by my estimate) was an angklung (idiophone), each of which had a number printed on it. My first thought was that we were all going to be gifted with one of these Indonesian instruments, so I went and sat in a spot with four empty chairs on each side in the hope of collecting as many angklung as possible when it was time to collect. I prayed that my colleagues and companions would sit elsewhere. It was a vain hope. Soon I was surrounded on every side by new and old friends whom I had met at previous ICTM conferences as well as the current one. Although we had arrived at 5 pm, we first stopped at the drinks stations along the edge of the auditorium to hydrate in preparation for what was usually a formality at ICTM – with the most anticipated part being the announcement of where the next conference would take place. By the time I sat down, the first speaker was on the podium behaving as if there was nothing unusual about the room.

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