Ethnomusicology Review, Volume 17 (2012)


"Words, words, much truth remains? If my mind could understand them, and if my life pronounced them, would not this world be changed?" Moving beyond...


Applied Ethnomusicology

The irony is as significant as it is funny. While Tony Seeger sang, ‘Words, words, words,’ in his inaugural lecture, I was not in the room; I was across the hall. I had to be there...
On January 25, 2010, James Cameron's Avatar became the highest grossing film in history. I was privileged to be part of Avatar's creative team as ethnomusicology consultant to film...
The branch of ethnomusicology commonly referred to as “applied ethnomusicology” has received comparatively little attention within the university setting. The relative lack of academic...

Music in Theory

Assessing the shakuhachi tradition of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism through French psychoanalytic optics, Zachary Wallmark engages in a type of scholarly practice that many ethnomusicologists would...
In a manuscript from the 1820s, Japanese shakuhachi player Hisamatsu Fuyo proclaims it is “despicable, if someone loves to produce a splendid tone” on the instrument (an end-blown bamboo...


As a semi-professional singer and musicology graduate student in New York City in the mid-1980s, I had the opportunity to speak with other performers about their path to Early Music. Most performers...

Approaches to Musical Indigeneity

As a longtime admirer of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, I have for some time been searching for a research niche in the arena of Bach studies. I use the term “arena” purposefully,...
In Northeast Brazil, indigenous identity claims advance to legalized status through a process that routinely contemplates evidence of an active tradition of the toré, a song- and percussion-driven...

Music in China and Chinese American Churches

In the Baise prefecture of the Guangxi province in Southern China, there are two Zhuang minority song fairs separated by a distance of only 60 kilometers. Both are held at caves, both feature worship...
Since the 1960s, Contemporary Worship Music (CWM) has attained increasing prevalence among Christian denominations throughout the United States. Juxtaposing rock, pop, and recently hip-hop styles...

SEM Chapter Prize Winners

Ali Baba Group
On 27 January 2010, the Dominican National Brewery, in conjunction with the Dominican Ministry of Culture, launched the cultural campaign and advertisement slogan "Lo nuestro es lo verdadero...
I would like to start by playing an example of the kind of music I will be discussing today. This song was recorded at an Irish singing session in Dublin in April 2011 and posted on YouTube (Audio 1...
In the final decades of the nineteenth century, music came to occupy a central role within patterns of recurrent communal, or sectarian, violence occurring in British India. Newspaper readership...


In his 2005 essay, “Games, the New Lively Art,” media scholar Henry Jenkins reflects on the increasing ubiquity of video gaming as a form of digital entertainment, as he writes: "...
Documentos de tiempos de cambios tecnológicos: testimonios en el nacimiento de la modernidad sonora. Actualmente escuchamos música o sonidos grabados en cualquier momento y lugar. Desde nuestros...
 Solo female singers of renown––often referred to as “divas”––can be important in forming an emotional connection between people and place. They often become...
En este último libro, una etnografía experimental basada en un viaje a Japón que la autora realizara como violinista de la famosa agrupación boliviana Música de Maestros, Michelle Bigenho se propone...
“That’s music’s strength, I think, the way everything can come together politically and spiritually, without reading books” (118). These are the words of Nii Noi Nortey, one...

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