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  • Songs from the Edge of Japan: Music-making in Yaeyama and Okinawaby Matt Gillan

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    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. In particular, the Yaeyama region in the south of... more...

  • Soundscapes from the Americasby Donna A. Buchanan

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 104.95

    Dedicated to the late Gerard Béhague (1937-2005), whose pioneering work in Latin American music, popular culture, and performance studies contributed extensively to ethnomusicological discourse in the 1970s-1990s, this anthology offers comparative perspectives on the evolving legacy of performance ethnography in socio-musical analysis. President of... more...

  • And We're All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North Americaby Abigail Wood

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    The dawn of the twenty-first century marked a turning period for American Yiddish culture. The 'Old World' of Yiddish-speaking Eastern Europe was fading from living memory - yet at the same time, Yiddish song enjoyed a renaissance of creative interest, both among a younger generation seeking reengagement with the Yiddish language, and, most prominently... more...

  • Qupai in Chinese Musicby Alan R Thrasher

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Presenting the latest research in the area, this volume explores the fundamental concept of qupai ??, melodic models upon which most traditional Chinese instrumental music (and some vocal music) is based. The greater part of the traditional instrumental repertoire has emerged from qupai models by way of well-established 'variation' techniques.... more...

  • An Introduction to Japanese Folk Performing Artsby Terence A. Lancashire

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    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 Buddhist teachings. These ritual entertainments can have... more...

  • Korean Musical Drama: P'ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernityby Haekyung Um

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    P?ansori is the quintessential traditional Korean musical drama, in which epic tales are sung and narrated by a solo singer accompanied by a drummer. Drawing on her extensive research in Korea and its diasporas, Haekyung Um describes and analyses the creative processes of p?ansori, weaving into her discussion musical, social and cultural aspects that... more...

  • Brass Bands of the World: Militarism, Colonial Legacies, and Local Music Makingby Katherine Brucher; Suzel Ana Reily

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Bands structured around western wind instruments are among the most widespread instrumental ensembles in the world. Although these ensembles draw upon European military traditions that spread globally through colonialism, militarism and missionary work, local musicians have adapted the brass band prototype to their home settings, and today these ensembles... more...

  • Music as Intangible Cultural Heritageby Keith Howard

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Focussing on music traditions, these essays explore the policy, ideology and practice of preservation and promotion of East Asian intangible cultural heritage. For the first time, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan - states that were amongst the first to establish legislation and systems for indigenous traditions - are considered together. Calls to preserve... more...

  • Music and the Play of Power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asiaby Laudan Nooshin

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    What is it about the history, geographical position and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia that has made music such a potent and powerful agent? This volume presents the first direct look at the complex relationship between music and power across a range of musical genres and countries. Discourses of power in the region centre... more...

  • Music, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan: Osaka and Beyondby Alison Tokita; Hugh de Ferranti

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    This anthology addresses the modern musical culture of interwar Osaka and its surrounding Hanshin region. Modernity as experienced in this locale, with its particular historical, geographic and demographic character, and its established traditions of music and performance, gave rise to configurations of the new, the traditional and the hybrid that... more...