Performing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles / Edition 1

Performing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles / Edition 1

by Ted Solis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520238311

ISBN-13: 9780520238312

Pub. Date: 08/13/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

Performing Ethnomusicology is the first book to deal exclusively with creating, teaching, and contextualizing academic world music performing ensembles. Considering the formidable theoretical, ethical, and practical issues that confront ethnomusicologists who direct such ensembles, the sixteen essays in this volume discuss problems of public performance and

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Performing Ethnomusicology is the first book to deal exclusively with creating, teaching, and contextualizing academic world music performing ensembles. Considering the formidable theoretical, ethical, and practical issues that confront ethnomusicologists who direct such ensembles, the sixteen essays in this volume discuss problems of public performance and the pragmatics of pedagogy and learning processes. Their perspectives, drawing upon expertise in Caribbean steelband,
Indian, Balinese, Javanese, Philippine, Mexican, Central and West African, Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Jewish klezmer ensembles, provide a uniquely informed and many-faceted view of this complicated and rapidly changing landscape. The authors examine the creative and pedagogical negotiations involved in intergenerational and intercultural transmission and explore topics such as reflexivity, representation, hegemony, and aesthetically determined interaction. Performing Ethnomusicology affords sophisticated insights into the structuring of ethnomusicologists' careers and methodologies. This book offers an unprecedented rich history and contemporary examination of academic world music performance in the West, especially in the United States.

"Performing Ethnomusicology is an important book not only within the field of ethnomusicology itself, but for scholars in all disciplines engaged in aspects of performance—historical musicology, anthropology, folklore, and cultural studies. The individual articles offer a provocative and disparate array of threads and themes, which Solís skillfully weaves together in his introductory essay. A book of great importance and long overdue."—R. Anderson Sutton, author of Calling Back the Spirit

Contributors: Gage Averill, Kelly Gross, David Harnish, Mantle Hood, David W. Hughes, Michelle Kisliuk, David Locke, Scott Marcus, Hankus Netsky, Ali Jihad Racy, Anne K. Rasmussen, Ted Solís, Hardja Susilo, Sumarsam, Ricardo D. Trimillos, Roger Vetter, J. Lawrence Witzleben

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ISBN-13:
9780520238312
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/13/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction. Teaching What Cannot Be Taught: An Optimistic Overview
Ted Solís

PART 1. SOUNDING THE OTHER: ACADEMIC WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLES IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
1. Subject, Object, and the Ethnomusicology Ensemble: The Ethnomusicological "We" and "Them"
Ricardo D. Trimillos
2. "A Bridge to Java": Four Decades Teaching Gamelan in America
Hardja Susilo
3. Opportunity and
Interaction: The Gamelan from Java to Wesleyan
Sumarsam
4. "Where’s ‘One’?": Musical Encounters of the Ensemble Kind
Gage Averill

PART 2. SQUARE PEGS AND SPOKESFOLK: SERVING AND ADAPTING TO THE ACADEMY
5. A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Teaching Javanese Gamelan in the Ensemble Paradigm of the Academy
Roger Vetter
6. "No, Not ‘Bali Hai!": Challenges of Adaptation and Orientalism in Performing and Teaching Balinese Gamelan
David Harnish
7. Cultural
Interactions in an Asian Context: Chinese and Javanese Ensembles in Hong Kong
J. Lawrence Witzleben

PART 3. PATCHWORKERS, ACTORS, AND AMBASSADORS: REPRESENTING OURSELVES AND OTHERS
8. "Can’t Help but Speak, Can’t Help but Play": Dual Discourse in Arab Music Pedagogy
Ali Jihad Racy
9. The African Ensemble in America: Contradictions and Possibilities
David Locke
10. Klez Goes to College
Hankus Netsky
11. Creating a Community, Negotiating Among Communities: Performing Middle Eastern Music for a Diverse Middle Eastern and American Public
Scott Marcus

PART 4. TAKE-OFF POINTS: CREATIVITY AND PEDAGOGICAL OBLIGATION
12. Bilateral Negotiations in Bimusicality:
Insiders, Outsiders, and the "Real Version" in Middle Eastern Music Performance
Anne K. Rasmussen
13. Community of Comfort: Negotiating a World of "Latin Marimba"
Ted Solís
14. What’s the "It" That We Learn to Perform?: Teaching BaAka Music and Dance
Michelle Kisliuk and Kelly Gross
15. "When Can We Improvise?": The Place of Creativity in Academic World Music
Performance
David W. Hughes

Afterword. Some Closing Thoughts from the First Voice: An
Interview with Mantle Hood
Ricardo D. Trimillos

Works Cited
List of Contributors

Index

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