What's Goin' On

Curated by Rosaleen Rhee

Review | Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia edited by David D. Harnish and Anne K. Rasmussen

Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia. Edited by David D. Harnish and Anne K. Rasmussen. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011. [Xxiii, 383 p., Hardcover $99.00; Paper, $35.00; Ebook, $26.99.] Illustrations, notes, references, glossary, inde

Reviewed by Elizabeth McLean Macy

 

Review | Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music by Alexandra T. Vazquez

Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music. By Alexandra T. Vazquez. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013. [xii, 333 p. ISBN 9780822354550. $25.] Notes, photographs, references, index.

Reviewed by Teresa Sanchez

 

Review | Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba by Umi Vaughn

Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba. By Umi Vaughn, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2012. [xii, 203 p. ISBN 9780472118489. $27.95.] Photos, references, index. 

Review | If You Knew Her by Zara McFarlane (2014)

“It’s never been easy being black, British and female in the music industry. . . But in recent years, it’s seemed that black females have been few and far between – and the ones who’ve popped up haven’t been able to stick around.”

Review | Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life by Lila Ellen Gray

Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life. By Lila Ellen Gray. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.  [328 p., ISBN 9780822354710. $24.95] 22 photographs (including 10 in color), 10 figures, appendixes with fado transcriptions, notes, bibliography, index.

Reviewed by Joshua Brown

 

Review | Experience and Meaning in Music Performance by Martin Clayton, Byron Dueck, and Laura Leante (eds.)

Experience and Meaning in Music Performance. Edited by Martin Clayton, Byron Dueck, and Laura Leante. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. [x, 232 p. ISBN 9780199811311. $29.95.] Music examples, illustrations, bibliography, index, companion web site (www.oup.com/us/emmp).

Reviewed by AJ Kluth

Review | Wandering Stars: Songs from Gimpel’s Lemberg Yiddish Theatre, 1906-1910

Wandering Stars: Songs from Gimpel’s Lemberg Yiddish Theatre, 1906-1910. Renair Records 2013. Compiled by Julian Futter and Michael Aytward. One compact disc (25 tracks) with liner notes (40 pp.).

Reviewed by Jana Mazurkiewicz

Introducing Ecomusicology

We’re delighted to introduce to the Sounding Board a new regular feature from the field of ecomusicology, a branch of study that uses musicological methodologies to explore the long, various, and complex relationships between people, nature, and sound. 

Ecomusicology in the News

The New York Times continues to lead the media in coverage of stories that link—in some way—music to the environment or environmentalism. In this installment of “Ecomusicology in the News,” I highlight news stories from summer 2013 through mid-winter 2014, all of which I’ve selected from The New York Times.

Review | My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance by David A. McDonald

My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance. By David A. McDonald. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. [xix, 338 p. ISBN 9780822354796. $25.95.] Bibliography, index.

Review by Chris Nickell

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