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Performing Faith: Christian Music, Identity and Inculturation in Indonesia

Performing Faith: Christian Music, Identity and Inculturation in Indonesia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Marzanna Poplawska
March 02, 2020

This book is a study in music inculturation in Indonesia. It shows how religious expression can be made relevant in an indigenous context and how grassroots Christianity is being realized by means of music. Through discussion of indigenous expressions of Christianity, the book presents multiple...

Music, Health, and Power: Singing the Unsayable in The Gambia

Music, Health, and Power: Singing the Unsayable in The Gambia

1st Edition

Bonnie B. McConnell
November 11, 2019

Music, Health, and Power offers an original, on-the-ground analysis of the role that music plays in promoting healthy communities. The book brings the reader inside the world of kanyeleng fertility societies and HIV/AIDS support groups, where women use music to leverage stigma and marginality into...

The Sound State of Uzbekistan: Popular Music and Politics in the Karimov Era

The Sound State of Uzbekistan: Popular Music and Politics in the Karimov Era

1st Edition

Kerstin Klenke
April 18, 2019

The Sound State of Uzbekistan: Popular Music and Politics in the Karimov Era is a pioneering study of the intersection between popular music and state politics in Central Asia. Based on 20 months of fieldwork and archival research in Tashkent, this book explores a remarkable era in Uzbekistan’s...

The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions

The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions

2nd Edition

Patricia Matusky, Tan Sooi Beng
March 07, 2019

The Music of Malaysia, first published in Malay in 1997 and followed by an English edition in 2004 is still the only history, appreciation and analysis of Malaysian music in its many and varied forms available in English. The book categorizes the types of music genres found in Malaysian society and...

Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music: Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts

Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music: Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts

1st Edition

Mohd Anis Md Nor, Kendra Stepputat
February 07, 2019

Performing arts in most parts of Maritime Southeast Asia are seen as an entity, where music and dance, sound and movement, acoustic and tactile elements intermingle and complement each other. Although this fact is widely known and referenced, most scholarly works in the performing arts so far have...

The Women of Quyi: Liminal Voices and Androgynous Bodies

The Women of Quyi: Liminal Voices and Androgynous Bodies

1st Edition

Francesca R. Sborgi Lawson
February 07, 2019

Why has the female voice—as the resonant incarnation of the female body—inspired both fascination and ambivalence? Why were women restricted from performing on the Chinese public stage? How have female roles and voices been appropriated by men throughout much of the history of Chinese theatre? Why...

Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain

Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain

1st Edition

Matthew Machin-Autenrieth
February 05, 2019

Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain explores the relationship between regional identity politics and flamenco in Andalusia, the southernmost autonomous community of Spain. In recent years, the Andalusian Government has embarked on an ambitious project aimed at developing...

Music Theory in the Safavid Era: The taqsīm al-naġamāt

Music Theory in the Safavid Era: The taqsīm al-naġamāt

1st Edition

Owen Wright
October 15, 2018

The Safavid era (1501–1722) is one of the most important in the history of Persian culture, celebrated especially for its architecture and art, including miniature paintings that frequently represent singers and instrumentalists. Their presence reflects a sophisticated tradition of music making...

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

1st Edition

Barley Norton, Naomi Matsumoto
August 02, 2018

As economic, technological and cultural change gathers pace across the world, issues of music heritage and sustainability have become ever more pressing. Discourse on intangible cultural heritage has developed in complex ways in recent years, and musical practices have been transformed by...

Arnold Bake: A Life with South Asian Music

Arnold Bake: A Life with South Asian Music

1st Edition

Bob Van Der Linden
July 30, 2018

Arnold Bake (1899–1963) was a Dutch pioneer in South Asian ethnomusicology, whose research impressed not only the most renowned Indologists of his time but also the leading figures in the emerging field of ethnomusicology. This long overdue biography sheds light on his knowledge of the theory and...

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

1st Edition

Tony Lewis
April 20, 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...

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

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

1st Edition

Reinhard Strohm
March 13, 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?...

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