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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

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 ...

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 ...

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...

Paradosiaká: Music, Meaning and Identity in Modern Greece

Paradosiaká: Music, Meaning and Identity in Modern Greece

1st Edition

By Eleni Kallimopoulou
January 31, 2020

Since the 1980s, musicians and audiences in Athens have been rediscovering musical traditions associated with the Ottoman period of Greek history. The result of this revivalist movement has been the urban musical style of 'paradosiaká' ('traditional'). Drawing from a varied repertoire that includes...

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

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

1st Edition

By Bonnie McConnell
November 07, 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 ...

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