Discipline of Music

On the off beat

On the off beat

On the off beat


Tuesday, 1 October 2013, 16:00

Bongani Mthethwa Recital Room

Francis Stock Building

Howard College Campus



Tim Günther


German Romantic Music for Choir


Educated at the “Berliner Kirchenmusikschule” and the “Hochschule für Künste” in Bremen Tim Günther began his professional career as  the assistant to the director of the “Berliner Kirchenmusikschule”, Prof. Martin Behrmann, and the director of church music in Bremen, LKMD Günter Koller. In this time he formed his special style of working with choirs, particularly a very warm and full sound, which is the result of a much elaborated phonation.


Günther lives in Bremen/Northern Germany. 1996 he was appointed as the Managerial church musician at Bremen St. Stephani church, one of the three oldest churches of the city. Since then he conducts the “Bremer Kantorei St. Stephani”, a choir which performs lots of concerts, services and other projects. In his city he works as a churchmusician and choir-conductor, as composer and arranger, as a mentor, adviser and juror. He is involved in several areas of artistic and cultural discourse. In his concerts he welcomes jazz-musicians as well as singer-songwriters, avant-garde performers, classical artists, pop groups and real stars. In his direction there are many first releases of compositions, presentations of CDs and commissioned works.





Thursday, 15 August 2013, 16:00

Bongani Mthethwa Recital Room

Francis Stock Building

Howard College Campus

Arnold Mhlamvu


Music Business 101 – An Introduction to the South African Music Industry


Arnold Mhlamvu opened a music publishing business during his first year of university studies. He has experience in copyright administration, music distribution, events management and marketing and is one of the most recognized youngsters in the music business representing both South African and international artists, songwriters, and publishers. In 2012 he was appointed by one of S.A’s top independent record labels ‘Native Rhythms’ to run their publishing division as a consultant.





Thursday, 27 October 2011 

Dr Christopher Cockburn
“Facts, fictions, feelings and fitting in:  some reflections on doing ‘historical musicology.”

Bongani Mthethwa Recital Room
School of Music – Francis Stock Building



Thursday, 20 October 2011, 4pm

Richard Haslop

Born In The Desert: The Rise of Touareg Rock? 


Thursday, 13 October 2011, 4pm

Michael Pelzel (Switzerland)

‘Polydimensional Perspectives’ – an analytical seminar on the development of harmony in the orchestra piece “Melodien” by György Ligeti


Thursday, 6 October 2011, 4pm

Dr Jeffrey Robinson (UKZN)

Darwinizing the Philosophy of Music: An Overview of a PhD project


Thursday, 22 September 2011, 4pm

Christopher Nicholson

Lawyer, human rights activist and opera enthusiast will be giving a presentation entitled

Richard and Adolf: Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust?


Thursday, 15 September 2011, 4pm

Karthiegasen Pillay

An Introduction to Carnatic Music

This will be followed by a Tabla demonstration showing the two distinct systems of Indian Classical Music – Carnatic Music and Hindustani Classical Music.


Thursday, 25 August 2011, 4pm

Dr Sazi Dlamini (UKZN)

Maskandi contest[ations]: problematising categorisation in South African popular music

The paper highlights some of the contestations which result from contemporary references to a category of popular music that is popularly known as Zulu maskanda/maskandi.


Thursday, 2 September 2010, 4pm

Dr Nishlyn Ramanna (Rhodes University)

Truths and conciliations: An exploration of Jyoti Mistry’s We Remember Differently.

We Remember Differently is a short film by Johannesburg director Jyoti Mistry that veers between Indian and white South African pasts and presents. After showing the film Dr Ramanna will briefly explore how the film poses and then reconciles a series of material, historical and self-other oppositions.


Thursday, 9 September 2010, 4 pm

Dr Suzi Mills (Appalachian State University)

“Teaching and Learning from the World’s Musicians”

Combining research, knowledge and pedagogy from ethnomusicologists, music teacher educators, and folklorists, Susan Mills will share her vision for world music pedagogy and highlights from her Fulbright Scholarship sponsored research-in -progress entitled “Freedom Song: Post-Apartheid Expression in South African music.” Dr. Mills is an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor for multicultural music in many classrooms and choirs and is a Music Education Coordinator at Appalachian State University.


Thursday, 16 September 2010, 4pm

Dr Sazi Dlamini (UKZN)

”Music excerpts: A composition portfolio in recorded performance.”

Using audio and video, Dr Dlamini will present examples of music from commercial and educational projects in composition, performance and recording. The bulk of these musical excerpts are compositional responses to diverse briefs reflecting emerging trends in musical consumption (and production) in South Africa since the late 1980s. Styles and genres include Afro-jazz, neo-traditional African music, children’s music, educational radio and television, dance and theatre, story-telling, European and Indian classical, new music, film and video. Besides leading a concept band, composing and performing in several South African township styles, Dr Dlamini has recorded more than fifty original pieces of music employing self-made, indigenous Nguni and other African musical instruments.


Thursday, 30 September 2010, 4pm

Neil Gonsalves (UKZN)

”Neil Gonsalves’ South African ‘take’ on American Jazz”

Neil Gonsalves returned to his jazz roots in 2004 to find that the 4-year sojourn he had spent touring the globe with Johnny Clegg and working in Busi Mhlongo’s ‘Urban Zulu’ band had left an indelible impression that would radically alter his conception of jazz. He discusses and demonstrates his ‘re-imagining’ of the American songbook and the jazz standard through a South African music lens and makes reference to his personal experience and journey as a South African musician and educator.


Thursday, 14 Ocotber 2010, 4-6 pm

Hannes Taljaard (Potchefstroom University)

‘”Gestures as Meaning'”

When musical motives and themes are seen as analogous to bodily gestures rather than as geometric shapes or theoretical constructs our work gains in perceptual interest, structural depth and expressive strength. Starting from a video clip explaining the basics of the Indian classical dance genre of Bhaharatanatyam, Taljaard’s presentation invites interaction based upon the first movement of his Four Essays for String Quartet.