An International Ethnomusicology Conference “Polyphony in Traditional Society: Behavior and Aesthetics” was organized by Taipei National University of the Arts, Department of Musicology. The conference was held from October 21st to October 25th. The conference was accompanied by the concerts of traditional polyphony from Taiwan, mainland China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Austronesia, and Mediterranea. The proceedings of the conference were published (Wu, 2002). The following papers were delivered at the conference:
On October 2-8 2002 the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony was held at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. The Tbilisi State Conservatory (Rector Manana Doijashvili, Vice-Rector Rusudan Tsurtsumia) and The International Centre of Georgian Folk Music (President – Anzor Erkomaishvili) hosted the symposium. The President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze and Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia attended the opening ceremony. During this symposium the International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony was established with the help of UNESCO and the financial support of the Japanese Government (the director of the Centre – Rusudan Tsurtsumia). Noriko Aikawa, Director of the Intangible Heritage Section of UNESCO, attended the symposium and addressed the participants. Full papers delivered at the conference were published in 2003 in two languages – Georgian and English (The First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. Proceedings. Edited by Tsurtsumia, Rusudan and Jordania, Joseph. International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire. Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection. Tbilisi: 2003).
An international conference “Problems of Polyphony in Sacred and Secular Music” was organized at the Tbilisi State Conservatory by the Tbilisi State Conservatory with the help of the foundation “Open Society – Georgia.” Papers were published in the language in which they were delivered, with abstracts in the English (or Georgian) language (Tsurtsumia, 2001). Here is the list of scholars and the papers according to the published collection (most of the participants were from Georgia unless stated otherwise):
The series of conferences on traditional polyphony came back after ten years of silence in Georgia. The conference was organized by the Tbilisi State Conservatory (rector Manana Doijashvili and vice-rector Rusudan Tsurtsumia) and was held from October 15-22, 1998. Papers were fully published in the language they were presented in, although extended abstracts in alternative languages (English or Georgian) were also published (see Tsurtsumia, 2000). Most of the participants were from Georgia (unless indicated otherwise). Here is the list of scholars and their papers according to the collection of published papers:
Polifonies Vivantes, under the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture and the National Centre for Scientific Research, and with the help of the Royaumont Foundation, organized a meeting of the working group of experts in traditional polyphony of different cultures in Royaumont Abbey, from March 1-4, 1994. Participants also attended performance-demonstrations of African polyrhythmic, Corsican polyphony, and Georgian polyphony. No materials of this meeting were published. According to the conference program, the following papers were delivered:
The third international conference with the title ”Problems of folk polyphony” (and the last one to be held in Borjomi), took place on October 15-22. It was a joint venture of the Tbilisi State Conservatory, Tbilisi State University, the Union of Composers of Georgia, and the Georgian Choreographic Society. The next, the fourth conference was planned for 1991, invitations were sent (even the abstract of Dieter Christensen was received), but the worsening political and economical situation, then the civil war of 1991-1992, and the wars in Ossetia and Abkhazia made any follow-up conference impossible for a decade. Extended abstracts of the 1988 conference papers were published (Jordania, 1988c). Here is the list of the scholars and their papers according to the conference program:
The second international conference with the title “Problems of folk polyphony” was held in the resort complex “House of Recreation and Creativity of Composers” in Borjomi, from 10th to 15th November. Scholarly sessions were held in the mornings and afternoons. Concerts of Georgian traditional polyphonic songs were presented by two ensembles from different regions of Georgia every evening. Extended abstracts were published (Jordania, 1986). Here is the list of the scholars and their papers according to the conference program and published extended abstracts:
The 1984 conference “Problems of Folk Polyphony” at Tbilisi State Conservatory was the first of the series of biannual conferences on traditional polyphony. The conference was held in the Small Concert Hall of the Conservatory from 11th October to 14th October. Participants attended the scholarly sessions in the morning and afternoon, and attended concerts of Georgian traditional polyphony, specially organized for participants of the conference. Scholars from different republics of the USSR (currently many of them are independent states) delivered papers at the conference. Short versions of the papers were published as a separate collection in 1985 (Jordania, 1985), and several papers were added. Papers that were added later (and were not delivered at the 1984 conference) are marked with *.
“Drone in European Folk Music” was the title of the international conference that was held in Saint-Polten, Austria, on May 28 – June 2, 1973. According to the conference program, 16 papers were delivered, and ten of them (one new among them, on drone polyphony in Iceland) were published as a separate collection in 1981 in German (see Deutsch, 1981). In this list the papers that were not published are marked with *: