by Dr. Jyoshna La Trobe
Joanne Jyoshna La Trobe
New Zealand and United Kingdom Citizenship
Education and Qualifications:
2004–10 PhD in Music, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom. Title: Marai Kirtan and the Performance of Ecstasy in the Purulia District, West Bengal, India, London, UK
1994–1997 Master of Arts Degree in Ethnomusicology, Auckland University, New Zealand. Title: Red Earth, the music culture of Rárh, India
1994 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Anthropology, Auckland University, New Zealand
Professional Work History:
2016 June- World Music Workshop leader and Performance Tour of Europe, including Sacred World Music Festival, Lund Sweden
Prout Convention, Copenhagen and Sunrise Education Trust, Co Clare. Ireland
2012–2016 Guest lecturer and workshop leader in Music at:
The School of Audio Engineering (SAE),
The School of Music, Auckland University
Auckland Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand
2015–2016 Supervisor (Examinations) for Trinity Music College, Auckland, NZ
2012–2015 Music Teacher at: Music Education Centre and Academic Colleges Group Parnell, New Zealand
2014 Sound Healing Practitioner, Professional Development, West Auckland Hospice, Auckland, NZ
2013–2015 Workshop leader of Ngā Taonga Pūoro ‘Maori instrumental music’ in collaboration with Richard Nunns, NZ
2012–2016 Music Curator at Voices of Sacred Earth Festival, Kawai Purapura Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
2011 June Manager/Promoter, Royal Chhau Dance Company, performance tour of the United Kingdom and Ramayana Exhibition in association with the British Library and Asian Music Circuit, London, UK
2011 Jan. Lecture/Performance Tour of Brazil, including universities in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Caixas do Sul, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
2009–2010 Guest Lecturer Limerick University, Ireland
2010 June Manager of the Royal Chhau Dance Company’s UK Tour in collaboration with the Asian Music Circuit and British Library
2002–2004 Teacher at José Sánchez School, Ingenio and ABC London School, Gran Canarias, Spain
1998–2001 Lecturer and Co-author of Indigenous Peoples Issues Course, School of Visual Arts, Manukau, Auckland University, NZ
2012 Australia and New Zealand Musicological Societies Joint Conference, ANU School of Music, Canberra, Australia. Paper title: “Marai Kirtan and Karakia on the Marae”
2011, April British Forum of Ethnomusicology Conference, University College Falmouth. Paper title: “Marai Kīrtan and the Performance of Ecstasy in the Purulia District, Bengal, India”
2010, Sept. National Graduate Conference for Ethnomusicology, Institute of Musicological Research, London, UK. Paper title: “The Supra Aesthetic Science of Kīrtan”
2010 Jan. Cultural Diversity in Music Education Conference, Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney, Australia. Paper title: “Conflict and Resolution: Western and ‘Other’ Teaching Methods in Indian Devotional Singing and Ecstatic Performance”
2007, May Prabhata Samgiita Conference, Vermont, USA. Paper title: “Selected Bengali and Sanskrit Songs”
2000 23rd Australian Musicological Society and 17th NZ Musicological Society Conference, Sydney. Paper title: “The Shiva Gajan Festival in India”
Grants, Awards and Achievements:
2006-2016 Jyoshna La Trobe Rárhi Bangla Kiirtan Music Collection, Catalogue no. C1211, World Music Archives, British Library, London, UK
2014 British Library, World Music Archives Research Grant, UK.
2010 INTACH Trust, UK
2009 INTACH Trust UK and British Library World Music Archives
2008 SEMPRE and INTACH Trust, UK and British Library World Music Archives
2007 INTACH Trust, UK and British Library World Music Archives
2006 INTACH Trust, UK and British Library World Music Sound Archives
2001 Asia 2000 Foundation, Creative Communities, Manukau, NZ
Recipient of Manukau Institute of Technology Research and Ethics Committee Grant for The Shiva Gajan Festival, documentary video
2000 Recipient of Manukau Institute of Technology Research Trust Grant for Red Earth exhibition at Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland, NZ
NZ On Air grant for a music video of ‘Anything’ (from Magnificence album), on National Kiwi Hit Disc 41 for Radio
2016 SAGE International Encyclopaedia of Music and Culture, Spirituality, Article waiting publication. Ed. Janet Sturman
2016 The Yale Journal of Music and Religion, Praise singing and ecstatic performance (kīrtan) in Rāṛh, north-east India, article under review, USA, Ed. Joanna Murdoch
2010 Gurukul Network Issue 31, The Supra-Aesthetic Science of Kiirtan, pg. 16-20.
2010 Marai kirtan and the performance of ecstasy in Purulia, West Bengal, India. Unpublished PhD.
2000 Probe Magazine, Issue 2. Ancient patterns and Contemporary Expressions, Manukau Institute of Technology, Art School Press, Auckland. Pg. 16-21.
1997 The Music Culture of Rárh, India. Unpublished MA
Film/Video Music Publications:
2016 Composer for Stars in Her Eyes, Produced by Athina Tsoulis, Ample Films, New Zealand
2013 Composer for Norwegian TV (NRK TV), Documentary on Alesund, Fredrikstad and Drammen historical towns, directed by May Holmes
2009 Composer, Prout – The Movie,
2008 Producer, The Marriage of Sita and Rama, Chhau Dance video documentary, Ramayana Exhibition, British Library, London, UK
2001 Documentary video, moving image and sound exhibition, Red Earth Project, Te Tuhi Gallery, Pakuranga, Auckland, NZ
2001 Producer, The Shiva Gajan of Rāṛh video documentary, Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau, Auckland, NZ
1999 Audio visual piece, Taonga Mauri, Art station, Auckland, NZ.
Audio visual exhibition, Red Earth, Mandala Centre, Brisbane, Australia
1997 Stone Works, solo sculpture exhibition, Masterworks Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland, NZ
2015 Dharma Cakra, Samskrta songs, +20 Records, New Zealand
2010 Unity Hours II, Acoustic Wave Records, produced by Michael Lloyd
2010 ‘Thread of gold’, Turiiya, She Sings & Plays, 1983-2010, Jayrem Records, with Metro magazine giving a 4 Stars review
2007 Red Earth Fusion, Innersong Records, USA
2006 Unity Hours I, Innersong Records, produced by Michael Lloyd
2005 Through the eyes of love, Renaissance Artists and Writers (RAWA), UK, produced by Matthias Postel
2004 Reddish Blossom, inspired by Prabhat Samgiita, Innersong, USA
2001 Magnificence, Acoustic Wave Records, Auckland, Produced by Michael Lloyd, Christopher Banks.
Reviews: Graham Reid, “Magnificence by Joshna”, New Zealand Herald, March 10th, 2001; Nick Bollinger, “Joshna, Magnificence”, NZ Listener, Feb 10th, 2001, p. 35.
2000 Chhau Dance Music, Acoustic Wave Records.
1989 Waiting – the Album, Turiiya, Jayrem Records, Wellington.
Graham Reid, review of She Sings & Plays, Jayrem Records, she-sings-and-plays-jayrem/
1991 Reign of Love, Acoustic Wave Records, Auckland.
1986 From Scratch – Pacific 3,2,1, Zero, Part 1 and 2 Live, with Philip Dadson, Don McGlashan, Wayne Laird
Other reviews of my works:
Jyosna (aka Jyoshna) profiled (2014) When the Spirit Moves by Graham Reid:
Interview, Playing Favourites with Jyoshna La Trobe, with Kim Hill Saturday Morning, August 9th, 2014, Radio New Zealand,
NRK Television, Perspectiv, Norwegian TV documentary on my PhD and music in London, April 2010 and November 2006; see
Jennifer Shennan, Leaping Lizards, Indian Chhau musicians visit NZ, NZ Listener, April 21st, 2001, p. 55.