Dr Genevieve Campbell

Genevieve has worked for 20 years as a professional French Horn player. In 2007 she became involved with a group of senior song-women on the Tiwi Islands, NT and together they instigatedNgarukuruwala – We Sing Songs,a musical collaboration based on traditional Tiwi songs and involving jazz musicians from Sydney. Her professional interest in Tiwi music in the context of contemporary performance and the similarities between Tiwi improvisation and western jazz led to embarking on musicological research. The desire to be part of the rediscovery and preservation of old Tiwi songs has resulted in close involvement with the repatriation to the Tiwi community of ethnographic field recordings of Tiwi ceremony and song. Her doctoral researchincluded the collation of metadata associated with recorded Tiwi song material 1912-1981, working with senior Tiwi individuals on specific songs (at their request) to create detailed music and text transcriptions, transliterations in spoken Tiwi and translation into English and assisting with transcribing language from recorded song examples for addition to a long-term project to establish a resource of kinship songs required for Tiwi ceremony. Her area of interest is two-fold: the role of song in the preservation of language and cultural well-being of the Tiwi Islands, and how repatriated recordings can be used to preserve song traditions while also developing new forms of culturally relevant music making.

Areas of Study


C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music