1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections

Edited By

Tong Soon Lee



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ISBN 9780415830669
March 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
400 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections introduces Asian music as a way to ask questions about what happens when cultures converge and how readers may evaluate cultural junctures through expressive forms.

The volume’s thirteen original chapters cover musical practices in historical and modern contexts from Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, including art music traditions, folk music and composition, religious and ritual music, as well as popular music. These chapters showcase the diversity of Asian music, requiring readers to constantly reconsider their understanding of this vibrant and complex area. It is divided into three sections:

  • Locating Meanings
  • Boundaries and Difference
  • Cultural Flows

Contributors to the handbook offer a multi-disciplinary portfolio of methods, ranging from archival research and field ethnography, to biographical studies and music analysis. In addition to rich illustrations, numerous samples of notation and sheet music are featured as insightful study resources. Readers are invited to study individuals, music-makers, listeners, and viewers to learn about their concerns, their musical choices, and their lives through a combination of humanistic and social-scientific approaches.

Demonstrating how transformative cultural differences can become in intercultural encounters, this handbook will appeal to students and scholars of musicology, ethnomusicology, and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Part I: Locating Meanings

1. Indonesia, Meet the Beatles!: Sound, Style, and Meaning in Indonesian Popular Music

ANDREW N. WEINTRAUB

2. Composing at the Intersection of East and West: Beyond Nationalism and Exoticism?

ANDREW P. KILLICK

3. Composing Traditions: Cultural Consciousness and Hybridity in Cross-Cultural Musicking

JONGHEE KANG

4. From Humble Beginnings to Qin Master: The Remarkable Cross-Fertilisation of Folk and Elite Cultures in Yao Bingyan’s Music

BELL YUNG

Part II: Boundaries and Difference

5. Water Festival as Spectacle: Sino-Burmese Identities, Ethnic Politics, and Public Performances in Macau

TASAW LU HSIN-CHUN

6. Nature of Narye: Sounds, Spectacle, and the Politics of Performance in Fifteenth-Century Korea

HYEOK HWEON KANG

7. Negotiating Rural Modernity with Acoustemology: The Hakka Children’s Songs in Contemporary Taiwan

LUO AI MEI

8. Peranakan Music and Multiculturalism in Singapore

LEE TONG SOON

Part III: Cultural Flows

9. Imagined Homogeneity: Maqom in Soviet and Uzbek National Projects

TANYA MERCHANT

10. Sikh Music and Its Revival in Post-Partition India

LI WAI CHUNG

11. Tradition and Innovation in the Dayunday Courtship Drama of the Magindanao Muslim Filipinos from the Southern Philippines

MARY TALUSAN

12. Creativity in Sundanese Music and Radio Broadcasting in West Java, Indonesia

INDRA RIDWAN

13. Music, Tourism, and Cultural Exchange Among the Naxi of Southwest China

HELEN REES

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Biography

Tong Soon Lee is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the World Music Program at Emory University, USA.

Reviews

    "A fine collection of essays that present Asian music as forming along a diverse array of continuums of interconnections: between local and global, east and west, elite and popular, ethnic identity claims, ritual and entertainment, human and nature, self and other, and imagined notions of community. The ethnographic studies and theoretical analyses here offer a new scope of understanding Asian music that defies fixed boundaries."

    Joys H. Y. Cheung. Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology, National Taiwan Normal University

     

    "This is an essential resource for scholars of Asian music. With contributions from a diverse group of internationally renowned academics, the chapters push beyond bounded understandings of musical communities by foregrounding social interaction and cultural exchange. These rich case studies are organised around key contemporary themes that will help to invigorate debate on music and society in Asia."

    – Lonán Ó Briain. Associate Professor of Music, Department of Music, University of Nottingham