Finding my place: Examining concepts of community music as a visiting artist in rural East Timor
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This article explores being a musician in a foreign community, considering the author's experiences as a visiting artist in East Timor as a manifestation of this. East Timor is one of Asia's poorest and least-developed countries, a former Portuguese colony that suffered brutal occupation by Indonesia for 24 years and which has only been an independent state since 2002. The author establishes a community musician's role as an 'outsider' to the communities in which they work, and considers this in terms of her four-month artist residency as an unknown foreigner in a developing rural community, where post-colonial legacies, traumas of recent conflict, and ongoing poverty gave additional layers of complexity to her work. Through narrative inquiry and an autoethnographic lens she describes a community music project that grew organically from very informal and unstructured beginnings, highlighting the importance of trust and mutual exchange. The author's experiences and interactions ultimately suggested a transition from outsider to accepted community member, and are discussed as acts of hospitality, gifts and tests utilizing L. Higgins' conceptual framework for community music activity.
International Journal of Community Music
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