Margaret Kartomi is a specialist on the ethnomusicology of Indonesia and Southeast Asia and the world authority on the music of Sumatra.
Her research output ranges widely over such fields as the music of Indonesia, Jewish Music in the Asia-Pacific Region, organology/musical instruments, Australian Aboriginal Music, Chinese music, and the world’s youth orchestras, especially the Australian Youth Orchestra.
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- Article published in: The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and its Music: From Southeast Asian village to global movementThe Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and its Music This book contains MAMU Director Margaret Kartomi’s third illustrated article on the musical fighting art of silat in different parts ... Read more
- Kartomi and Pahlawi have issued a Call for Papers to be presented at the Second International Conference and Cultural Event of Aceh, Monash University’s Clayton ... Read more
- A review written by Margaret Kartomi, of Julia Byl’s recent book Antiphonal Histories: Resonant Pasts in the Toba Batak Musical Present, has been published in ... Read more
- Articles: Recognition for The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI) 2015Two articles have recently been published documenting the success of the Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands, by Indonesian-Australian ... Read more
- Researching Indonesian music and theatre has become a family concern for three Monash researchers. Dr Karen Kartomi Thomas, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of the ... Read more
- “This is a delicious book – to be savoured, appreciated for its richness of detail and admired for its texture and cohesion. It made me ... Read more
- Professor Margaret Kartomi awarded Certificate of Honour for the promotion of Indonesian culture in AustraliaOn 17 August 2012, Indonesian Independence Day, Professor Margaret Kartomi was awarded a Certificate of Honour by the Indonesian Consul-General for Victoria and Tasmania. The ... Read more
- Article featured in Monash Memo (6 June 2012): A Monash University staff member and alumna have just returned from their second field trip to Lampung ... Read more