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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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Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

1st Edition

By Andrew Alter
June 14, 2017

In the Central Himalayan region of Garhwal, the gods (devtas) enjoy dancing. Musicians - whether ritual specialists or musical specialists - are therefore an indispensable part of most entertainment and religious events. In shamanistic ceremonies, their incantations, songs and drumming 'make' the ...

Ritual and Music of North China Shawm Bands in Shanxi

Ritual and Music of North China: Shawm Bands in Shanxi

1st Edition

By Stephen Jones
June 14, 2017

The rich local traditions of musical life in rural China are still little known. Music-making in village society is largely ceremonial, and shawm bands account for a significant part of such music. This is the first major ethnographic study of Chinese shawm bands in their ceremonial and social ...

Ritual and Music of North China Volume 2: Shaanbei

Ritual and Music of North China: Volume 2: Shaanbei

1st Edition

By Stephen Jones
June 14, 2017

This second volume of Stephen Jones' work on ritual and musical life in north China, again with accompanying downloadable resources, gives an impression of music-making in daily life in the poor mountainous region of Shaanbei, northwest China. It conveys some of the diverse musical activities ...

Beyond 'Innocence': Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an Ecosystem

Beyond 'Innocence': Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an Ecosystem

1st Edition

By Shzr Ee Tan
June 13, 2017

Taiwan aboriginal song has received extensive media coverage since the launch and settlement of a copyright lawsuit following pop group Enigma's allegedly unauthorized use of Amis voices in the 1996 Olympics hit, Return To Innocence. Taking as her starting point the ripple effects of this case, ...

Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

1st Edition

By Alison McQueen Tokita
May 04, 2017

Alison McQueen Tokita presents a series of case studies that demonstrate the persistence of Japanese sung narratives in a multiplicity of genres over ten centuries, including the way they flourished and declined, together with factors contributing to development and change in narrative performance....

The Musical Human Rethinking John Blacking's Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-First Century

The Musical Human: Rethinking John Blacking's Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Edited By Suzel Ana Reily
March 06, 2017

The musical human: without a doubt, this vision of the human species as naturally musical has become the most enduring legacy John Blacking bequeathed to ethnomusicology. The image aptly embodies his preoccupations, which integrated theoretical and methodological issues within the discipline with a...

Healing Rhythms: The World of South Korea's East Coast Hereditary Shamans

Healing Rhythms: The World of South Korea's East Coast Hereditary Shamans

1st Edition

By Simon Mills
September 28, 2007

Still today, in South Korea, many people pay for the services of mudang - the intermediaries of Korea's syncretic folk religion. The majority of mudang are called to the profession by gods; their clients are individuals or small groups and they focus on the use of spirit-power ('possession') for ...

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

1st Edition

Edited By Alison McQueen Tokita, David W. Hughes
October 28, 2008

Music is a frequently neglected aspect of Japanese culture. It is in fact a highly problematic area, as the Japanese actively introduced Western music into their modern education system in the Meiji period (1868-1911), creating westernized melodies and instrumental instruction for Japanese children...

Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bata Drum Cracking the Code

Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bata Drum: Cracking the Code

1st Edition

By Amanda Villepastour
July 18, 2016

The bata is one of the most important and representative percussion traditions of the people in southwest Nigeria, and is now learnt and performed around the world. In Cuba, their own bata tradition derives from the Yoruba bata from Africa yet has had far more research attention than its African ...

Asante Ntahera Trumpets in Ghana Culture, Tradition, and Sound Barrage

Asante Ntahera Trumpets in Ghana: Culture, Tradition, and Sound Barrage

1st Edition

By Joseph S.Kaminski
November 07, 2012

Based on the author's fieldwork in Ghana with the Asante and Denkyira ntahera trumpeters, this book draws on interviews, field recordings, oral traditions, written accounts, archaeological evidence, transcriptions and linguistic analyses to situate the Asante trumpet tradition in historical culture...

Bulgarian Harmony In Village, Wedding, and Choral Music of the Last Century

Bulgarian Harmony: In Village, Wedding, and Choral Music of the Last Century

1st Edition

By Kalin S. Kirilov
January 13, 2016

An in-depth study of the Bulgarian harmonic system is long overdue. More than two decades since the Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares choir was awarded a Grammy (1990), there is no scholarly study of the captivating sounds of Bulgarian vertical sonorities. Kalin Kirilov traces the gradual formation of a...

Dāphā: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City Music, Performance and Meaning in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Dāphā: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City: Music, Performance and Meaning in Bhaktapur, Nepal

1st Edition

By Richard Widdess
December 02, 2013

Dāphā, or dāphā bhajan, is a genre of Hindu-Buddhist devotional singing, performed by male, non-professional musicians of the farmer and other castes belonging to the Newar ethnic group, in the towns and villages of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The songs, their texts, and their characteristic ...

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