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SOAS Studies in Music


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SOAS Studies in Music is today one of the world’s leading series in the discipline of ethnomusicology. Our core mission is to produce high-quality, ethnographically rich studies of music-making in the world’s diverse musical cultures. We publish monographs and edited volumes that explore musical repertories and performance practice, critical issues in ethnomusicology, sound studies, historical and analytical approaches to music across the globe. We recognize the value of applied, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and our authors draw on current approaches in musicology and anthropology, psychology, media and gender studies. We welcome monographs that investigate global contemporary, classical and popular musics, the effects of digital mediation and transnational flows.

 

Editorial Board

Professor Kwasi Ampene

University of Michigan, USA

Professor Linda Barwick

University of Sydney, AU

Dr. Angela Impey

SOAS University of London, UK

Professor Travis A. Jackson

University of Chicago, USA

Professor Noriko Manabe

Temple University, USA

Dr. Moshe Morad

Tel Aviv University, IL

Professor Suzel Reily

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BR

Professor Henry Spiller

University California - Davis, USA

Professor Martin Stokes

Kings College London, UK

Professor Richard Widdess

SOAS University of London, UK

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The Art Song in East Asia and Australia, 1900 to 1950

The Art Song in East Asia and Australia, 1900 to 1950

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Alison McQueen Tokita, Joys H. Y. Cheung
March 31, 2023

This book explores art song as an emblem of musical modernity in early twentieth century East Asia and Australia. It appraises the lyrical power of art song—a solo song set to a poem in the local language in Western art music style accompanied by piano—as a vehicle for creating a localized musical ...

Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials in Atlantic Canada

Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials in Atlantic Canada

1st Edition

By Heather Sparling
December 30, 2022

Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials in Atlantic Canada draws on a collection of over 600 songs relating to Atlantic Canadian disasters from 1891 up until the present and describes the characteristics that define them as intangible memorials. The book demonstrates the relationship between ...

Music and Temple Ritual in South India Performing for Śiva

Music and Temple Ritual in South India: Performing for Śiva

1st Edition

By William Tallotte
December 30, 2022

Music and Temple Ritual in South India: Performing for Śiva documents the musical practices of the periya mēḷam, a South Indian instrumental ensemble of professional musicians who perform during the rituals and festivals of high-caste (Brahmanical) Tamil Hindu temples dedicated to the Pan-Indian ...

Musical Collaboration Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People in Australia Exchanges in The Third Space

Musical Collaboration Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People in Australia: Exchanges in The Third Space

1st Edition

Edited By Katelyn Barney
December 22, 2022

This book demonstrates the processes of intercultural musical collaboration and how these processes contribute to facilitating positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Australia. Each of the chapters in this edited collection examines specific examples in diverse ...

Archaic Instruments in Modern West Java: Bamboo Murmurs

Archaic Instruments in Modern West Java: Bamboo Murmurs

1st Edition

By Henry Spiller
November 30, 2022

Archaic Instruments in Modern West Java: Bamboo Murmurs explores how current residents of Bandung, Indonesia, have (re-)adopted bamboo musical instruments to forge meaningful bridges between their past and present—between traditional and modern values. Although it focuses specifically on Bandung, ...

The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights

The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights

1st Edition

Edited By Julian Fifer, Angela Impey, Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, Manfred Nowak, George Ulrich
May 31, 2022

The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights is a collection of case studies spanning a wide range of concerns about music and human rights in response to intensifying challenges to the well-being of individuals, peoples, and the planet. It brings forward the expertise of academic researchers,...

Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician Learning and Embodying Musical Culture

Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture

1st Edition

By Jessica Cawley
April 29, 2022

Coupling the narratives of twenty-two Irish traditional musicians alongside intensive field research, Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician explores the rich and diverse ways traditional musicians hone their craft. It details the educational benefits and challenges associated with each learning ...

Musicians in Crisis Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry

Musicians in Crisis: Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry

1st Edition

By Ioannis Tsioulakis
April 29, 2022

Musicians in Crisis is a music ethnography of contemporary Athens, before and during the infamous economic and political crisis. It spans two contrasting periods in Greece: the last few years of relative economic prosperity and social cohesion (2005–2009) and the following period of austerity and ...

Gold, Festivals, and Music in Southeast Brazil Sounding Portugueseness

Gold, Festivals, and Music in Southeast Brazil: Sounding Portugueseness

1st Edition

By Barbara Alge
July 29, 2021

Gold, Festivals, and Music in Southeast Brazil: Sounding Portugueseness is a study of the musical legacy of the eighteenth century Brazilian gold rush that integrates ethnographic research of the main genres of former mining communities in Brazil – from liturgical music in the style of European art...

The Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus

The Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus

1st Edition

By Dwight Reynolds
December 31, 2020

The Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus is a critical account of the history of Andalusian music in Iberia from the Islamic conquest of 711 to the final expulsion of the Moriscos (Spanish Muslims converted to Christianity) in the early 17th century. This volume presents the documentation that has come ...

Music in Conflict Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Aesthetic Production

Music in Conflict: Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Aesthetic Production

1st Edition

By Nili Belkind
October 16, 2020

Music in Conflict studies the complex relationship of musical culture to political life in Palestine-Israel, where conflict has both shaped and claimed the lives of Palestinians and Jews. In the context of the geography of violence that characterizes the conflict, borders and boundaries are ...

Presence Through Sound Music and Place in East Asia

Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Keith Howard, Catherine Ingram
July 24, 2020

Presence Through Sound narrates and analyses, through a range of case studies on selected musics of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Tibet, some of the many ways in which music and ‘place’ intersect and are interwoven with meaning in East Asia. It explores how place is significant to the many ...

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