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The Jinashi Shakuhachi: The Instrument Today and the Creation of a Contemporary Repertoire

The Jinashi Shakuhachi: The Instrument Today and the Creation of a Contemporary Repertoire

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Kiku Day
May 28, 2018

With the abrogation of the Zen Buddhist Fuke sect during Japan’s modernisation process in the late nineteenth century, the raison d’être for the shakuhachi (Japanese vertical bamboo flute) as a spiritual tool for mendicant monks suddenly vanished. Thereafter, playing the shakuhachi changed from...

Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea: Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning

Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea: Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning

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Tony Lewis
May 09, 2018

The garamut is a log idiophone that is found in many of the coastal and island areas of Papua New Guinea. The instrument’s primary use is as a speech surrogate and in some regions the garamut is also used in large ensembles to play complex music for dancing. In Baluan Island, within the Manus...

Music as Cultural Diplomacy: Using Improvisation as a Creative Tool

Music as Cultural Diplomacy: Using Improvisation as a Creative Tool

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Sabina Rakcheyeva
April 28, 2018

Musical improvisation is a complex form of creative human expression. In this book, Sabina Rakcheyeva explores the logical outcomes of performance, relating them to existing theories and expanding those theories with new findings. Rakcheyeva begins with an examination of the attributes of musical...

Stars and Songbirds of Africa: Mande Music in Contemporary Mali

Stars and Songbirds of Africa: Mande Music in Contemporary Mali

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Lucy Durán
April 28, 2018

Mali has provided many of Africa's best known and most celebrated artists, several of whom have won Grammy awards and other accolades from the international music industry. Malian music attracts audiences from around the world, is widely recorded, and features prominently in most discussions of '...

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

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Barley Norton, Naomi Matsumoto
April 28, 2018

Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project

Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project

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Reinhard Strohm
March 22, 2018

The idea of a global history of music may be traced back to the Enlightenment, and today, the question of a conceptual framework for a history of music that pays due attention to global relationships in music is often raised. But how might a historical interpretation of those relationships proceed?...

Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

Forthcoming

Laudan Nooshin
February 15, 2018

Questions of creativity, and particularly the processes which underlie creative performance or ’improvisation’, form some of the central areas of interest in current musicology. Yet the predominant discourses on which musicological thought in this area are based have rarely been challenged. In this...

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Forthcoming

Razia Sultanova, Megan Rancier
January 25, 2018

The Turkic soundscape is both geographically huge and culturally diverse (twenty-eight countries, republics and districts extending from Eastern Europe through the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia). Although the Turkic peoples of the world can trace their linguistic and genetic ancestries to...

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

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Frances Wilkins
January 22, 2018

Following three years of ethnomusicological fieldwork on the sacred singing traditions of evangelical Christians in North-East Scotland and Northern Isles coastal communities, Frances Wilkins documents and analyses current singing practices in this book by placing them historically and...

Indigenous Religious Musics

Indigenous Religious Musics

Graham Harvey, Karen Ralls-MacLeod
November 24, 2017

Celebrating the diversity of indigenous nations, cultures and religions, the essays which comprise this volume discuss the musics performed by a wide variety of peoples as an integral part of their cultural traditions. These include examinations of the various styles of Maori, Inuit and Australian...

Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

Rachel Harris, Martin Stokes
November 20, 2017

This volume of original essays is dedicated to Owen Wright in recognition of his formative contribution to the study of music in the Islamic Middle East. Wright’s work, which comprises, at the time of writing, six field-defining volumes and countless articles, has reconfigured the relationship...

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

Margaret E. Walker
July 13, 2017

Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and dazzling spins with subtle pantomime and soft gestures. As a global practice and one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is often presented as heir to an ancient Hindu devotional tradition in which men called Kathakas...

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