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SYNOPSIS: Dr.Larry Francis Hilarian explores the effect of music on trance in three diverse communities in multicultural Singapore. The speaker examines how being in a state of trance is closely associated with music and musical instruments.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Larry Francis Hilarian is currently an Associate Professor of Music at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He did his B.A. (Hons) in music at Dartington College of Arts in England. He received his MA from Queen’s University of Belfast and continued his teacher’s qualifications (T.Cert.) at Croydon College and (Cert.Ed.) Oxford Brookes University. He also has a Teachers Diploma (Dip. LCM) from the London College of Music. His PhD. was from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Larry is an ethnomusicologist, composer, performer and music educator. He is also a visiting professor at King’s College, University of London and a visiting fellow at two Romanian universities. Larry’s main ethnographic work is on music, culture and Islam in the Malay world. His interest has been researching and performing on both plucked and bowed lutes from the Orient. His most recent publication is on Malay Muslim frame-drums (kompang). Larry has recently been investigating the relationship between music and trance and he is working towards a book publication on this area. As well as having given papers at many international conferences, Larry has also published widely in many international academic journals on various subjects on music. He has co-authored four secondary school music textbooks for use in Singaporean Schools. His composition for shakuhachi and koto was premiered in Tokyo and produced on a CD by the traditional Japanese music school Tozan Ryu. As a side interest, Larry performs regularly as a rock/blues session guitarist. Professor Larry Francis Hilarian is the founder member, composer and music director of the jazz-rock fusion group “Flamenco Fusion”.

2 March 2011
NIE Library Cafe National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

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