Ethnomusicologizing: Essays on Music in the New Paradigms (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage)

Ethnomusicologizing: Essays on Music in the New Paradigms (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage)

By: Bill Banfield (author)Paperback

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In Ethnomusicologizing: Essays on Music in the New Paradigms, composer and musicologist brings together a series of essays on music making in contemporary culture. More specifically, it focuses on the myriad ways we engage with music-as makers, as listeners, as consumers, as producers. Banfield labels this fully engaged process as "ethnomusicologizing," as he explores the ways we create, share, teach, and discuss music. Throughout he argues that music is more than the experience of structured sound. It is rather a way of being more critically present as musicians and as citizens of sharing in the world itself. Ethnomusicologizing contains writings on contemporary music and culture studies, offering glimpses on more than just music history through reflective essays, interviews with contemporary artists, and exercises in the analysis and criticism of popular culture. In this work, Banfield instructs readers in the ways by which we may better appreciate and understand creative artistry and process, and their relation to history and its meaning. The essays comprise a choir of voices and perspectives that provide insight into contemporary music culture that provide readers a text that uses his own experiences as a musician-and in particular his travels through the musical world of Cuba-as well as his takes on contemporary popular recording artists, American music traditions, and music education to explore every aspect of creating, performing, and being in music. Offering many points of entry into the idea that musical experience, global citizenship and community-mindedness are all parts of a greater whole, Ethnomusicologizing encourages artists and readers to talk about the meaning of music-and art more generally-in entirely new ways.

About Author

Bill Banfield serves as professor of Africana Studies / Music and Society, composition, and graduate history studies at the Berklee College of Music. He is director of the Center for Africana Studies. An award-winning composer, former Pulitzer Prize judge, jazz guitarist, recording artist, and public radio show host, he is the author of six books on music, arts, cultural criticism, and history.


Prelude Keeping the Core Creative Soul-Spirit Part 1: Theory: Music Thinking Theories, Teaching, and Approaches Chapter 1: Ethnomusicologizing: The Way Forward, Cultural Relevancy Chapter 2: Ethnomusicology Studies in Music Culture Chapter 3: Popular Music Culture: How to Teach and Reach within Popular Music Chapter 4: Black Music Matters Chapter 5: Notes From Cuba Chapter 6: The "I Theory" Part 2: History: Backbones, Songs Chapter 7: A Progressive View of American Popular Music History, 1948-2014 Chapter 8: American Mavericks Interviews Chapter 9: Harlem Renaissance 1920-1935: Artistry, Aesthetics, Politics and Popular Culture Chapter 10: CBMR Letter Chapter 11: Mom, Dad, and the Making of Symphony 10 with Sweet Honey In The Rock Part 3: Culture: New Standards, Cultural Critique Chapter 12: Wake up! What Time is It Really? Who Turns it Up, Down, and Back?: Values on The Cultural Dial Chapter 13: Does Our Music Still Bring The Good News Of The Day? Chapter 14: On The Crisis of Popular Arts and Society: Steps Ahead Chapter 15: The Problem With Jazz Chapter 16: Review of George Lewis, Les Exercices Spirituels Chapter 17: Don't Use the "J word": Jazz in its Connections to Culture and Meaning Chapter 18: From Hip-Hop To Zombie Nation Chapter 19: Critical Culture Concerns Today Chapter 20: The Songs We Need To Be Hearing Again: Music Culture and A Musician's Credo To Citizenry Postlude: Afterthought on Ethnomusicologizing

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  • ISBN13: 9781442229716
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 446
  • ID: 9781442229716
  • weight: 671
  • ISBN10: 1442229713

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