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  • India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

    By Margaret E. Walker

    Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and dazzling spins with subtle pantomime and soft gestures. As a global practice and one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is often presented as heir to an ancient Hindu devotional tradition in which men called Kathakas…

    Paperback – 2017-07-13
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Ritual and Music of North China

    Volume 2: Shaanbei

    By Stephen Jones

    This second volume of Stephen Jones' work on ritual and musical life in north China, again with an accompanying DVD, 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 there around 2000,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-14
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Ritual and Music of North China

    Shawm Bands in Shanxi

    By Stephen Jones

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-14
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

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

    By Andrew Alter

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-14
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

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

    By Shzr Ee Tan

    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,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-13
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea

    Sounding Out K-Pop

    By Michael Fuhr

    This book offers an in-depth study of the globalization of contemporary South Korean idol pop music, or K-Pop, visiting K-Pop and its multiple intersections with political, economic, and cultural formations and transformations. It provides detailed insights into the transformative process in and…

    Paperback – 2017-06-07
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • The Music of Malaysia

    The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions, 2nd Edition

    By Patricia Matusky, Tan Sooi Beng

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-05-10
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • The Women of Quyi

    Liminal Voices and Androgynous Bodies

    By Francesca R. Sborgi Lawson

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-02-16
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • An Introduction to Japanese Folk Performing Arts

    By Terence A. Lancashire

    Japanese folk performing arts incorporate a body of entertainments that range from the ritual to the secular. They may be the ritual dances at Shinto shrines performed to summon and entertain deities; group dances to drive away disease-bearing spirits; or theatrical mime to portray the tenets of…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s–1940s

    Portrayal of the East

    By Bennett Zon

    Edited by Martin Clayton

    Filling a significant gap in current scholarship, the fourteen original essays that make up this volume individually and collectively reflect on the relationship between music and Orientalism in the British Empire over the course of the long nineteenth century. The book is in four themed sections.…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
    Routledge
    Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • The Instrumental Music of Wutaishan's Buddhist Monasteries

    Social and Ritual Contexts

    By Beth Szczepanski

    Beth Szczepanski examines how traditional and modern elements interact in the current practice, reception and functions of wind music, or shengguan, at monasteries in Wutaishan, one of China's four holy mountains of Buddhism. The book provides an invaluable insight into the political and economic…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
    Routledge
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Songs from the Edge of Japan: Music-making in Yaeyama and Okinawa

    By Matt Gillan

    Since the early 1990s, Okinawan music has experienced an extraordinary boom in popularity throughout Japan. Musicians from this island prefecture in the very south of Japan have found success as performers and recording artists, and have been featured in a number of hit films and television dramas.…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
    Routledge

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