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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 Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus

The Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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 ...

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
September 28, 2020

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 ...

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
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 ...

Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia Music and Place in East Asia

Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia: 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 ...

Asante Court Music and Verbal Arts in Ghana The Porcupine and the Gold Stool

Asante Court Music and Verbal Arts in Ghana: The Porcupine and the Gold Stool

1st Edition

By Kwasi Ampene
July 01, 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 ...

The Indian Drum of the King-God and the Pakhāvaj of Nathdwara

The Indian Drum of the King-God and the Pakhāvaj of Nathdwara

1st Edition

By Paolo Pacciolla
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 ...

Performing Faith Christian Music, Identity and Inculturation in Indonesia

Performing Faith: Christian Music, Identity and Inculturation in Indonesia

1st Edition

By Marzanna Poplawska
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...

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

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

1st Edition

By 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 ...

Icelandic Men and Me Sagas of Singing, Self and Everyday Life

Icelandic Men and Me: Sagas of Singing, Self and Everyday Life

1st Edition

By Robert Faulkner
April 15, 2013

A sparsely populated island in the North Atlantic recently made worldwide headlines in the Global Financial Crisis and for volcanic eruptions that caused unprecedented chaos to international air travel. Large contemporary audiences have formed very different images of Iceland through the vocal ...

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

By 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

By 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...

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