Theodore Levin

Session 7, Saturday 14th, 1:30-3:00 pm
Session 8, Saturday 14th, 3:20-4:??? pm
Location: University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Room 1-140

Revitalizing Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage

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This panel discussion is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI), a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It features artists and music created within the framework of one of Initiative’s newest projects, New Sounds from Arab Lands. The AKMI is a music and arts education program with performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities worldwide, launched by His Highness the Aga Khan to support talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit, and further develop their musical heritage.
The session will feature a discussion with Fairouz Nishanova, Director, AKMI, Dr. Levin, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College and Senior Project Consultant for the Music Initiative, followed by a presentation by the musicians from New Sounds collective – cosmopolitan artists and composers from the Arab world, whose music is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Arab lands.

Panel Discussion
How can development agencies build synergies between the revitalization of tangible and intangible cultural assets to create integrated development strategies? What role can cultural heritage revitalization play in shaping both urban and rural landscapes and soundscapes?

Theodore Levin is a longtime student of music, expressive culture, and traditional spirituality in Central Asia and Siberia. His two books, The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia (and Queens, New York) and Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond, are both published by Indiana University Press. As an advocate for music and musicians from other cultures, he has produced recordings, curated concerts and festivals, and contributed to international arts initiatives. During an extended leave from Dartmouth, he served as the first executive director of the Silk Road Project, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Currently he serves as Senior Project Consultant to the Aga Khan Music Initiative, and as chair of the Arts and Culture sub-board of the Open Society (Soros) Foundations. His research and advocacy activities focus on the role of arts and culture in promoting and strengthening civil society in countries where it is endangered or still emerging. He is presently working on a book on culture and development in Asia, writing and editing a textbook on the music of Central Asia for university students in the region, and completing a 10-volume CD-DVD series, “Music of Central Asia,” released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. At Dartmouth he teaches courses on ethnomusicology and world music, sacred music in East and West, and an interdisciplinary course on the Silk Road offered through the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program.

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