Dieter Mack : Contemporary Music in Indonesia

MB 8.255 , MB Building - 1450 Avenue Guy, Concordia University

September 21, 2016


Please join us at MB 8.255 (John Molson School of Business) at 2pm for a talk by visiting composer Dieter Mack (University of Lübeck, Germany).

In Indonesia, musicians often ask themselves whether or not a local contemporary music scene actually exists. Immediately followed by the second question: does this contemporary music arise from indigenous traditions or is it – like so many other things – an imported product from the Western world? This lecture investigates some unique historical developments in that fascinating country, and presents some new works by young composers, both those who emerge from local traditions as well as those trained in Western music – and some who mix both.


Dieter Mack was born in 1954 in Speyer. He studied composition, piano and music theory. After various lectureships he became professor for music theory in Freiburg in 1986. Since 2003 he is professor for composition at the MHS Lübeck. Various study and research trips led him mainly to Indonesia (altogether ten years), where he studied Balinese gamelan music. In 1982 he founded his own gamelan ensemble. Since 1988 he was also working in Indonesia’s music education system as a guest lecturer, and even from 1992 – 1995 as a long term DAAD-guest lecturer at UPI Bandung. 1996 – 2007 he was consultant in an ethnomusicological-educational research project at UPI Bandung that was sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He is guest professor at the art academy ISI in Surakarta, head of the DAAD music selection committee and 2009-2016 was head of Goethe Institute’s music advisory board. His is giving regularly masterclasses in composition mostly in East and Southeast Asia. He composes mostly chamber music with a focus on percussion and wind instruments.