Ethnomusicological Encounters with Music and Musicians

Ethnomusicological Encounters with Music and Musicians

by Timothy Rice (Editor)


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Designed as a tribute to Robert Garfias, who has conducted field work in more cultures than any other living ethnomusicologist, this volume explores the originating encounter in field work of ethnomusicologists with the musicians and musical traditions they study. The nineteen contributors provide case studies from nearly every corner of the world, including biographies of important musicians from the Philippines, Turkey, Lapland, and Korea; interviews with, and reports of learning from, musicians from Ireland, Bulgaria, Burma, and India; and analyses of how traditional musicians adapt to the encounter with modernity in Japan, India, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Morocco, and the United States. The book also provides a window into the history of ethnomusicology since all the contributors have had a relationship with the University of Washington, home to one of the oldest programs in ethnomusicology in the United States. Inspired by the example of Robert Garfias, they are all indefatigable field researchers and among the leading authorities in the world on their particular musical cultures. The contributions illustrate the core similarities in their approach to the discipline of ethnomusicology and at the same time deal with a remarkably wide range of perspectives, themes, issues, and theoretical questions. Readers should find this collection of essays a fascinating, indeed surprising, glimpse into an important aspect of the history of ethnomusicology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409420378
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: SOAS Musicology Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Timothy Rice is Professor in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He specializes in the traditional music of Bulgaria and Macedonia. His books include Cross-cultural Perspectives on Music (1982), May It Fill Your Soul: Experiencing Bulgarian Music (1994), The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 8: Europe (2000), and Music in Bulgaria (2004). He edited the journal Ethnomusicology from 1981 to 1984 and served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 2003 to 2005.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: reflections on the formation of an ethnomusicologist, Robert Garfias; Part I Encountering Musicians: The art of master musician Necdet Yasar as a key to the subtleties of classical Turkish music, Karl Signell; An ethnomusicology of musical art and individual success: Hwang Byungki and 'national music' in the Republic of Korea, Andrew P. Killick; The visiting artist as cultural broker: Joe Heaney and the negotiation of identity, Sean Williams; High Queen Damoao and the teaching of Maranao Kolintang music, Usopay H. Cadar; Teachers studying teachers: pedagogical practices of artist musicians, Patricia Shehan Campbell; 'Greetings from Lapland': the legacy of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää (1943-2001), Richard Jones-Bamman; Evaluating artistry on the Bulgarian bagpipe, Timothy Rice; String theory: a meditation on lives in ethnomusicology, Daniel M. Neuman. Part II Encountering Music: Making the Music of Indonesia series: a memoir, Philip Yampolsky; Mediated tradition: the globalization of Burmese music, Gavin Douglas; Deconstructing Haydar: lineage, ownership, and innovation in the creation of an Alevi 'classic', Irene Markoff; Hymns to the Sun Goddess: new music for a Shinto worship service, Larry V. Shumway; Rooted as banyan trees: Eisa and the Okinawan diaspora in Japan, Yoshitaka Terada; Saints, prostitutes, and rotten sardines: the musical construction of place and ethnicity in a Moroccan insult contest, Philip D. Schuyler; The politics of music in Afghanistan, Hiromi Lorraine Sakata; Music ownership and control in Blackfoot culture: remarks on identity, knowledge, performance, Bruno Nettl; Some aspects of Qin construction and acoustics, Fredric Lieberman; Thoughts on the relationship among anthropology, ethnomusicology, and musicology; by an anthropologist, Simon Ottenberg; Bibliography; Index.

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