30th August – 2nd September 2017

Since ancient times, humans have made sense of the world through myth. Myths mirror back to us our understanding of reality. The conflicts, struggles, and phantasmagoric abilities of mythological figures often reflect the unique cultural context that first projected them. At the same time, myths also relate to universal features of the human condition.

Myths are at once a window to the distant past and a reflection of our current life experiences. Myths have been a perennial source of inspiration for musicians through the ages. Southeast Asia is home to countless myths and associated musical traditions. We are looking for papers and creative works that investigate the connections between music and ancient beliefs, traditional myths, or folktales in their historical contexts, as well as contemporary ones. We are also interested in papers that explore how traces of myths remain embedded in contemporary music-making practices, and that examine how the contemporary reinterpretations and re-invention of myths relate to musical expression and meaning.

Just as myths have inspired musicians, so too have musicians inspired the creators of myths. The beauty and seductive power of music is a theme found in countless mythological tales. We are also interested in papers that examine how musicians themselves have been mythologized through the ages.


Anant Narkkong
Bernard Lanskey
Dieter Mack
Jean-David Caillouët
Kat Agres
Narutt Suttachitt
Nigel Osborne, MBE
Peter Veale
Robert Cutietta
Shinuh Lee
Verne de la Peña

Panel Discussion
Anant Narkkong
Kaiwan Kulavadhanothai
Prasarn Wongwirojruk

Sakarin Krue-on
Taratawan Krue-on

Akapong Phulaiyaw
Alberto Firrincieli
Anant Narkkong
Anothai Nitibhon
Apichai Chantanakajornfung
Boonrut Sirirattanapan
Chalermkit Kengkaew
Chanyapong Thongsawang
Chao Kanwicha
Clare Suet Ching Chan
Dneya Udtaisuk
Elissa Miller-Kay
Haruna Tsuchiya
Hyojung Huh
Jiradej Setabundhu
John T. Giordano
Jonathan Day
Kajornsak Kittimathaveenan
Kittiphan Janbuala
Kotaro Ishibashi
Lawrence N. Ross
Natsarun Tissadikun
Phonlasit Tinnakorn Na Ayuthaya
Ponglada Thampitakkul
Pongthep Jitduangprem
Pradit Saengkrai
Prateep Jattanakul
Ramasoon Sitalayan
Santiphap Viriyothai
Sarunda Siasiriwatana
Sarupong Sutprasert
Sasidisaya Sasisakulpon
Saya Thuntawech
Shang-Wen Wang
Skowrung Saibunmi
Suppabhorn Suwanpakdee
Syafiqah ’Adha Bte Mohamed Sallehin
Tanasit Siripanichwattana
Theerawut Kaeomak
Thiti Panyain
Watchara Pluemyart
Wichian Tanalapprasert