Geoffroy Colson
Geoffroy Colson

En bref

esthétique musicale, transculturation, hybridité, analyse du changement, globalisation, composition interculturelle, musicologie creative, ethnomusicologie compositionnelle,
Polynésie Française
Nouvelle Calédonie


PhD en Ethnomusicologie et Composition - Juin 2016

Conservatoire de Musique de Sydney, Université de Sydney, Australie

Sujet de Thèse: 

Compositional Ethnomusicology and the Tahitian Musical Landscape: Towards Meta-Sustainability through Creative Practice Research Informed by Ethnographic Fieldwork

This thesis jointly in ethnomusicology and composition combines an ethnographic and ethnomusicological enquiry with a practice-based artistic research applied to ethnomusicology. The research contends that the creative exploration of musical syntheses represents an effective alternative to processes of cultural revival. It relies on the concept of a sustainability extended to the global cultural environment. It enacts a proactive and cosmopolitanist response to perceptions of out-of-control globalization processes.

The thesis introduces compositional ethnomusicology, an emergent paradigm aiming to contribute to the meta-sustainability of musical tradition, and sets out an ethnographic description of the contemporary Tahitian musical landscape and its dynamics of change, depicting it as a broad, complex system of overlapping fields. Grounded in the related findings, the study delivers substantial artistic research outcomes, including on the one hand a folio of six pieces for small ensembles bridging Tahitian musical heritage with jazz and improvisation, on the other hand an operatic work in Tahitian language.



2016. From Pacific resistance to pacific resistance: Expressions of Māʻohi-ness in contemporary Tahitian popular music.  MUSICultures, special edition. Accepted 31/05/2016.

2016. Compositional ethnomusicology and the Tahitian musical landscape: Towards meta-sustainability through creative practice research informed by ethnographic fieldwork. PhD dissertation. The University of Sydney.

2016. Musical Transculturation at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts: A creative approach to the sustainability of tradition in Francophone Pacific Islands’. In K. Stevenson (Ed), The Festival of Pacific Arts: Celebrating 40 Years of cultural heritage. Suva: The University of the South Pacific Press.

2014. A fresh approach to transculturation in contemporary music in Tahiti. Eras, 16(1), 1-22.

 Enregistrements et compositions

2016. Tales From Tahiti [Digital album]. CDBaby.

2015. ‘Ui No Fa‘aoe. One-hour operatic work based on the Tahitian legend of Aro Ariʻi te Tara. Non-Traditional Research Output. Unpublished.

2013. ‘Upa‘upa ‘āpī, part I. IRMA, The University of Sydney. Non-Traditional Research Output. Portfolio of three compositions operating an innovative fusion of Tahitian compositional processes and playing techniques with a jazz-derived language.

2013. Taʻaroa. IRMA, The University of Sydney. Non-Traditional Research Output. Seven-minute piece for jazz nonet. World Premiere: 2 May 2013, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Fairweather Family Prize – Sydney Conservatorium Centenary Commissioning Project.

2011. Tresses, pour piano. Neuilly-sur-Marne: Soldano.

2010. Matamua [CD]. PV201001: Pacific Vibrations - Claudia Sound.

2008. La Mangue Verte [Single]: Pacific Vibrations.

2008. Te Ouʻa, pour piano. Neuilly-sur-Marne: Soldano.

2006. Un Jour [Soundtrack]. Twenty-minute orchestral composition for a Jean-François Carle slideshow. Unpublished.

2000. Voyages [CD].  LZD001: Association Galapagos. 

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