Welcome to the Geoffroy Colson’s research and creation blog.
Geoffroy Colson is a French ethnomusicologist, pianist, composer, and music teacher. He is currently completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology and Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney.
Through his current research, which focuses on the aesthetic and cultural issues surrounding musical change and ‘hybridity’ in French Polynesia, he has been pursuing vital new ways to contribute to Islander approaches to sustaining their rich but extremely vulnerable traditions.
His career as a jazz pianist and music teacher led him to develop an interest in musical syntheses, thereby to discover the fascinating Polynesian culture in 2002. From then on, he has been investigating Polynesian music and culture, and collaborating with indigenous artists.
His work articulates with a range of disciplines including ethnomusicology, anthropology, and creative performance studies research, exploring in particular the intersection between ethnomusicological research and composition.