Ethnomusicology Review, Volume 24 (2023) - Born to Be Alive: Contemporary Issues in Live Music Research (Special Issue)


In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to nearly all live cultural activity, Mark Savage painted a devastating portrait of the music industry’s state (Savage 2019). In the United...

Invited Articles

The pop culture excitement about live music in the first two decades of this century was dramatically disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic at the very beginning of the 2020s. A series of trends had...
If you had told me fifteen years ago that, by 2022, “live music studies” would have become one of the liveliest and fastest growing fields in the broader domain of popular music studies,...


To anyone who has not keenly followed the eclectic career path of the world’s first solo multi-percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie’s recent collaboration with Trio HLK might at first...
The analysis of music scenes in urban contexts has traditionally focused on music production practices, without giving relevance to how these very practices are grounded in the organizational and...
Paris, late 2000s. Rumor has it that the city has become the “European capital of sleep.” A petition titled “Paris: when the night dies in silence,” draws an undeniable...
God save the live music ecosystemGiven the growth of the digital sphere following the COVID-19 pandemic, thinking about live music today is a challenge.[1] However, in live punk music, audiences and...
Montreal nights have long been a particular attraction of the city. They are featured in the public sphere, in debates about crime, insecurity, and transgression on the one hand, and about public...
Bring back magic to live music[1]About fifty people are gathered in an office space in eastern Paris, somewhere close to République. There is no stage, no seats, no massive PA system, or stage...
I am going to make a few analytical observations on live music in France and especially concerning the distinction between “in-person” and “remote” events, which took on a new...
This article is part of an ethnomusicological study focusing on the Portuguese Bombos that I have been conducting for the Doctoral Program in Music at the University of Aveiro in Portugal.[1] As I...
I don’t know when it will be safe to return to singing arm in arm at the top of our lungs, hearts racing, bodies moving, souls bursting with life. But I do know that we will do it again,...


There is a reason why Fabian Holt’s book cover doesn’t include a photo of a stage taken from the audience, with cellphone screens in the air or hands forming a heart shape....
Edited by Chris Anderton and Sergio Pisfil, this book appears at a crucial time in music studies: during a global pandemic that shook the music industry and its professionals, as well as its...

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