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
Perspectives on Korean Music Volume 1: Preserving Korean Music: Intangible Cultural Properties as Icons of Identity
Sounding the Dance, Moving the Music Choreomusicological Perspectives on Maritime Southeast Asian Performing Arts
Indigenous Religious Musics
Arnold Bake A Life with South Asian Music
By Keith Howard
October 29, 2019
As Korea has developed and modernized, music has come to play a central role as a symbol of national identity. Nationalism has been stage managed by scholars, journalists and, from the beginning of the 1960s, by the state, as music genres have been documented, preserved and promoted as 'Intangible ...
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 ...
By Kerstin Klenke
April 23, 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 ...
By John Baily
April 16, 2019
This book presents the vocal art music of Kabul as performed by Ustad Amir Mohammad. At the heart of Kabul's vocal art music is the ghazal, a highly flexible song form using Persian (or Pashto) texts derived from a variety of sources. Much of this poetry is in the Sufi tradition, with frequent ...
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...
By Moshe Morad
November 07, 2016
The ‘Special Period’ in Cuba was an extended era of economic depression starting in the early 1990s, characterized by the collapse of revolutionary values and social norms, and a way of life conducted by improvised solutions for survival, including hustling and sex-work. During this time there ...
By Mohd Anis 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 ...
By 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 ...
By Matthew Machin-Autenrieth
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 ...
By Owen Wright
October 08, 2018
The Safavid era (1501–1722) is one of the most important in the history of Persian culture, celebrated especially for its architecture and art, including miniature paintings that frequently represent singers and instrumentalists. Their presence reflects a sophisticated tradition of music making ...
By Graham Harvey, Karen Ralls-MacLeod
November 23, 2017
Celebrating the diversity of indigenous nations, cultures and religions, the essays which comprise this volume discuss the musics performed by a wide variety of peoples as an integral part of their cultural traditions. These include examinations of the various styles of Maori, Inuit and Australian ...
By Bob Van Der Linden
July 19, 2018
Arnold Bake (1899–1963) was a Dutch pioneer in South Asian ethnomusicology, whose research impressed not only the most renowned Indologists of his time but also the leading figures in the emerging field of ethnomusicology. This long overdue biography sheds light on his knowledge of the theory and ...