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This article presents the Transcultural Music Program sponsored by the Royaumont Foundation, which is located north of Paris in the Val-d’Oise. The program was launched in 2000 by Frédéric Deval, who remained its artistic director until 2016. In this capacity, Deval set up encounters between cultures and musical languages that have been brought together and interconnected by globalization. He invited musicians both to collaborate on transcultural works and to invent new “imagined communities,” which would serve as an antidote to the violence of the modern world. An examination of the program reveals how, in selecting different works, the artistic director was seeking to attune himself to the world. When conceived of as a means of countering world violence (irrespective of whether it is or not), the artist’s commitment is revealed: it is at once a strategic process and a fuel for creativity, and, as such, it shapes how the globalized world is represented.

  • world music
  • transcultural music
  • cultural encounters
  • artistic program
  • representations of diversity
  • globalization
Julie Oleksiak
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