Tongan Music as a Living Art: Creative Processes and Their Application Today

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Music has always been closely associated with the cultural spirit of Tongan society. Tongan music is a living artform that has been employed through the ages as a means of expressing everyday activities, journeys, the future of the land, spirit of the people and love. Without fear of artistic boundaries, poets and composers from ancient times to the present have captured the heart of the Tongan culture. In this presentation, I will explore the origins of ancient traditions in Tongan musical practice and apply them by creating a new work dedicated specifically to this conference.


Keywords: Tongan music, Culture, Ancient traditions, Musical practice
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr Marilyn Meier-Kapavale

Lecturer, Piano & Accompaniment
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts, University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Dr Marilyn Meier-Kapavale is an Australian pianist from a multicultural background - Tongan mother & Australian-born German father. She started piano studies at the age of 4, went on to study in the USA with Bela Siki at the College-Conservatory at the University of Cincinnati, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Doctoral studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Dr Meier-Kapavale is in demand as a performer and adjudicator and has 3 compact discs titles "Just Chopin", "Just Liszt" & "Country Gardens". Her research interests include piano and performance practices and techniques, the music of Frederic Chopin and Tongan music. In Tonga, she has organised tours by Australian performers and orchestras and was a frequent performer for the former King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. She was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal for services to music in Tonga. She is presently Lecturer in Piano at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.

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