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SOAS Studies in Music


About the Series

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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Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute Performance

Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute Performance

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Hyelim Kim
November 30, 2021

Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute Performance describes the taegŭm as a representation of Korean culture in the contemporary world. Through the development and performance of creative works, this horizontal bamboo flute reflects both tradition and contemporary creativity. The first ...

Celtic Music and Dance in Cornwall Cornu-Copia

Celtic Music and Dance in Cornwall: Cornu-Copia

1st Edition

By Lea Hagmann
October 12, 2021

Focusing on the Cornish Music and Dance Revival, this book investigates the revivalists’ claims about Cornwall’s cultural distinctiveness and Celtic heritage, both which are presently used as arguments to promote the English county’s political status as an independent Celtic nation. The author ...

DIY House Shows and Music Venues in the US Ethnographic Explorations of Place and Community

DIY House Shows and Music Venues in the US: Ethnographic Explorations of Place and Community

1st Edition

By David Verbuč
October 12, 2021

DIY House Shows and Music Venues in the US is an interdisciplinary study of house concerts and other types of DIY ("do- it- yourself") music venues and events in the United States, such as warehouses, all- ages clubs, and guerrilla shows, with its primary focus on West Coast American DIY locales. ...

Gold, Festivals, and Music in Southeast Brazil Sounding Portugueseness

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

1st Edition

By Barbara Alge
July 30, 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...

Everyday Musical Life among the Indigenous Bunun, Taiwan

Everyday Musical Life among the Indigenous Bunun, Taiwan

1st Edition

By Jonathan P.J. Stock, Chou Chiener
April 20, 2021

Everyday Musical Life among the Indigenous Bunun, Taiwan contributes to multidisciplinary research on music in everyday human life by pushing beyond the urbanized Western populations routinely featured in such writing. Based on ethnographic study in Buklavu, a village in southern Taiwan mostly ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 26, 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 ...

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