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The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking

ISBN 9781138920118
Published March 19, 2018 by Routledge
516 Pages

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The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking provides a reference to how, cross-culturally, musicking constructs locality and how locality is constructed by the musicking that takes place within it, that is, how people engage with ideas of community and place through music. The term "musicking" has gained currency in music studies, and refers to the diverse ways in which people engage with music, regardless of the nature of this engagement. By linking musicking to the local, this book highlights the ways in which musical practices and discourses interact with people’s everyday experiences and understandings of their immediate environment, their connections and commitment to that locality, and the people who exist within it. It explores what makes local musicking "local." By viewing musicking from the perspective of where it takes place, the contributions in this collection engage with debates on the processes of musicking, identity construction, community-building and network formation, competitions and rivalries, place and space making, and local-global dynamics.

Table of Contents



Katherine Brucher and Suzel A. Reily

Foreword: Amateur Bands, Their Localities, and Their Challenges – The Lessons of History

Trevor Herbert


Local Musicking: An Introduction

Suzel A. Reily and Katherine Brucher

Section I – Modes of Local Musicking

1. Participatory Performance and the Authenticity of Place in Old-Time Music

Thomas Turino

2. Protestant-Lutheran Choir Singing in Northern Germany: Dimensions of Presentational Musicking in Local Community

Britta Sweers

3. Attending Concerts: Local Musicking among Greenlandic Youth

Andreas Otte

4. Hyperactive Musical Communities On- and Offline: Dancing and Producing Chicago Footwork, Shangaan Electro and Gqom

Noel Lobley

5. Community Beyond Locality: Circuits of Transnational Macedonian Romani Music

Carol Silverman

6. Community and the Musicking of Participatory Research in Rio de Janeiro

Vincenzo Cambria

Section II – Musicking and the Production of Locality

7. Sounding and Producing Locality: Creating a Locally Distinctive Band Practice in Cape Town

Sylvia Bruinders

8. Orfeanismo: Local Musicking and the Building of Society in Provincial Portugal

Maria do Rosário Pestana

9. "It Gets Better When the People Come to Dance!": Participatory Music in the Black Community of Campinas

Érica Giesbrecht

10. Music Contests and Communities: A Small Competition Powwow and a Complex Fiddle Contest

Chris Goertzen

11. Tuning in to Locality: Participatory Musicking at a Community Radio Station

Andrew Mall

12. Performing Locality by Singing Together in Mizoram, Northeast India

Joanna Heath

13. Bringing Down the Spirit: Locating Music and Experience among Nigerian Pentecostal Worshippers in Athens

Evanthia Patsiaoura

14. The Musical Structuring of Feeling among the Venda

Suzel A. Reily

Section III – Pathways to Local Musicking

15. "I Am Sorry That We Made You Bleed:" Locality and Apprenticeship among Mande Hunters

Theodore L. Konkouris

16. Child Musicians and Dancers Performing in Sync: Teaching, Learning, and Rehearsing Collectively in Bali

Jonathan McIntosh

17. Local Music School Learning and Teaching: A View from Chicago and Beyond

Michael O’Toole

18. The Hidden Musicians of the Guqin Music World of Lanzhou

Zhao Yuxing and Suzel A. Reily

19. Rehearsing Values: Processes of Distinction in the Field Band Foundation of South Africa

Laryssa Whittaker

20. Protestant Parading Band Rehearsals in Northern Ireland

Gordon Ramsey

21. Pathways to Musicianship: Narratives by People with Blindness

Lucia Reily and Leonardo Augusto Cardoso de Oliveira

Section IV – Locality, Musical Connections, and Encounters

22. Borders and the Alma Guarani: Musical Encounters between Paraguay, Argentina, and Mato Grosso do Sul

Evandro Higa

23. Música Litorânea (Coastal Music): Musicking Afro-Azorean Encounters in the South of Brazil

Reginaldo Gil Braga

24. Laughter, Liquor, and Licentiousness: Preservation through Play in Southern Vietnamese Traditional Music

Alexander M. Cannon

25. Performing the Local: Javanese Gamelan, Institutional Agendas, and "Structures of Feeling" at the Southbank Centre, London

Maria Mendonça

26. Mapping Cultural Diversity among Brazilian Musicians in Madrid

Gabril Hoskin

27. Sounding Out Community at Feasts in Portugal and in the Diaspora

Katherine Brucher

28. Local Musicking for a Global Cause

Caroline Bithell

Section V – Musicking Local Frictions

29. Sensing the Street: The Power and Politics of Sound and Aurality in a Northern Australian Rhythmscape

Fiona Magowan

30. Negotiating Local Tastes: Urban Professional Musicians in Athens

Ioannis Tsioulakis

31. Listening Low-Cost: Ethnography, the City, and the Tourist Ear

Lila Ellen Gray

32. Locating the National: Performing British Identity in Northern Ireland

Ray Casserly

33. The Political Aesthetics of Musicking during Carnival in Santiago de Cuba

Kjetil Klette Bøhler

34. (Re)Presenting Marginality: Place and Musical Thought in Fernando Cabrera’s Song "Ciudad de la Plata"

Ernesto Donas

35. Opening Eyes through Ears: Migrant Africans Musicking in São Paulo

Jasper Chalcraft and Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji

Afterword: The Real Realization of Music-Ritual: Local, Not-Local, and Localized

Ruth Finnegan


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Suzel A. Reily is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Universidade de Campinas, Brazil, and previously worked at Queen’s University Belfast. She has published on several aspects of ethnomusicology. Her current research focuses on the music associated with vernacular Catholicism in southeastern Brazil.

Katherine Brucher is Associate Professor of Music at the DePaul University School of Music. She has published on folk and ethnic music in Chicago, Portuguese music, and global brass band traditions.