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.
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
Musicians in Crisis: Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry
Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture
Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia: Music and Place in East Asia
Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music: Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts
September 28, 2020
Musicians in Crisis: Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry 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 socio-political turmoil (2010-2016). It examines...
September 03, 2020
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...
Keith Howard, Catherine Ingram
July 22, 2020
Presence Through Sound narrates and analyses, through a range of case studies on selected music 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...
June 29, 2020
Asante Court Music and Verbal Arts in Ghana is a comprehensive portrait of Asante court musical arts. Weaving together historical narratives with analyses of texts performed on drums, ivory trumpets, and a cane flute, the book includes a critical assembly of ancient song texts, the poetry of bards...
May 20, 2020
The book studies the evolution of the ancient drum mṛdaṅga into the pakhāvaj, crossing more than 2,000 years of history. While focusing on the Nathdwara school of pakhāvaj, the author joins ethnographic, historical, religious and iconographic perspectives to argue a multifaceted interpretation of...
February 13, 2020
This book is a study of 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 the discussion of indigenous expressions of Christianity, the book presents multiple...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...