King George V Avenue
Berea, KZN
South Africa

The Bow Music Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 24 - 27 February 2016 is put together in consultation with southern African and international bow music researchers. Participation will include academics from a wide spectrum of indigenous musical arts, practitioners and cultural bearers of diverse bow music traditions in sub-Saharan and abroad.


Filtering by Category: Thursday 25 February

Benhardt Bleibinger

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Bernhard Bleibinger studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany) and as exchange student at the University of California Los Angeles (USA). From 2004 until 2007 he conducted research at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and taught at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). Since 2007 he has been heading the Music Department of the University of Fort Hare (South Africa). He published on music and symbols in Spain, the history of ethnomusicology, Xhosa music, Applied Ethnomusicology, curriculum development and music of the counter-reformation in Salzburg.

Klaus-Peter Brenner

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Klaus-Peter Brenner studied ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology at Göttingen University and completed his Ph.D. with a doctoral dissertation on village music from south-west Turkey in 1991. He conducted field research in Turkey in 1984 and 1986, Zimbabwe 1993, and Uganda 1997. Since 1992, he has been curator of the Collection of Musical Instruments and senior lecturer in ethnomusicology and organology at the Department of Musicology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, where he also teaches mbira courses. Among his publications is the book Chipendani und Mbira (1997). In 2012 he organized the symposium Mbira Music | Musics. Structures and Processes at the 15th International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, the proceedings of which he is currently preparing.

Greg Beyer

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Gregory Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar and a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble. He is also the director of Arcomusical, an organization that creates and promotes contemporary music for tuned gourd-resonated musical bows.

Andile Khumalo

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Andile Khumalo completed a MMus at Stuttgart’s State University of Music and Performance and DMus in Composition at New York City’s Columbia State University. He is currently lecturer at the Wits School of Music, University of the Witwatersrand.

Jennifer Kyker

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Jennifer W. Kyker is assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and has received both Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays fellowships in support of her research. In addition to her scholarship, Jennifer founded the nonprofit organization Tariro, which educates teenaged girls in Zimbabwean communities affected by HIV/AIDS ( Her recent publications include articles in Ethnomusicology (2013) and Ethnomusicology Forum (2014).

Cara L. Stacey

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Cara Stacey holds a Masters in Musicology from Edinburgh University and a Masters in Performance from SOAS (U. London) specialising in voice and southern African bow music. She is an ethnomusicology PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, a member of the APC Research Initiative, and a Commonwealth Scholar.