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Ethnomusicology Today is a podcast series produced by the Society for Ethnomusicology, an organization committed to the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts. Ethnomusicology Today features stories and interviews aimed at engaging a broad audience of educators, scholars, musicians, and a listening public interested in contemporary issues in global music studies.

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Ethnomusicology Today is a podcast series produced by the Society for Ethnomusicology, an organization committed to the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts. Ethnomusicology Today features stories and interviews aimed at engaging a broad audience of educators, scholars, musicians, and a listening public interested in contemporary issues in global music studies.

    SEM 2019: Latin American Brass Bands with Javier León and Ed Wolf

    SEM 2019: Latin American Brass Bands with Javier León and Ed Wolf

    In this episode we talk with Javier León and Ed Wolf about the upcoming SEM 2019 pre-conference symposium: “Heritage and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin American Brass Bands.” This November, the Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 64th Annual Meeting in Bloomington, Indiana. On November 6, the day before the start of the annual conference, the society will present two pre-conference symposia: one focused on Film as Ethnography and the other on Latin American Brass Bands.

    • 25 min
    Musical Participation and Global Health in the Gambia with Bonnie McConnell

    Musical Participation and Global Health in the Gambia with Bonnie McConnell

    In this episode, we discuss with Bonnie McConnell how community-oriented and participatory-based musical performances impact global health initiatives. By investigating the relationships between kanyelang musicians, government officials, health workers, and local communities, Bonnie discusses the value of musical performance and participation in local health education and effective global health strategies.

    • 33 min
    Performative Ecology in Micronesia with Brian Diettrich

    Performative Ecology in Micronesia with Brian Diettrich

    In this episode, we discuss performative ecology with Brian Dietrich, whose article, “’Summoning Breadfruit’ and ‘Opening Seas:' Toward a Performative Ecology in Oceania” was published in the Winter 2018 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Diettrich explores the concept of performative ecology in his discussion of ótoomey (summoning breadfruit) and ocean wayfinding and voyaging songs in the islands of Chuuk. Through his study of both historical and present-day musical performances in Chuuk, Diettrich explains how knowledge about social, spiritual, and environmental connectivity is bound up in musical performances. Brian Diettrich is a Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Victoria University of Wellington.

    • 21 min
    Embodying Air Guitar with Sydney Hutchinson and Byrd McDaniel

    Embodying Air Guitar with Sydney Hutchinson and Byrd McDaniel

    In this episode we talk with two scholars, Sydney Hutchinson and Byrd McDaniel, whose respective articles on competitive air guitar were recently published in the journal Ethnomusicology. Hutchinson, whose article, “Asian Fury: A Tale of Race, Rock, and Air Guitar” was published in the Fall 2016 issue of Ethnomusicology, explores themes of race, gender, and embodiment in air guitar competitions. McDaniel’s article “Out of Thin Air: Configurability, Choreography, and the Air Guitar World Championships” was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Ethnomusicology and examines how embodiment, media manipulation, and aesthetics function within national and international air guitar competitions. We also interviewed Fatima Hoang, a competitive air guitarist, who in 2005 won the U.S. Air Guitar Championships under his stage name, the Rockness Monster. Sydney Hutchinson is an Associate Professor of Music History and Cultures at Syracuse University. Byrd McDaniel is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the Department of Music at Brown University.

    • 39 min
    Japanese Chindon-ya and Anti-Nuclear Power Protests with Marié Abe

    Japanese Chindon-ya and Anti-Nuclear Power Protests with Marié Abe

    In this episode we talk with Marié Abe, whose article “Sounding Against Nuclear Power in Post-3.11 Japan: Resonances of Silence and Chindon-ya” was published in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Abe explores the Japanese musical advertisement practice chindon-ya, and how it has become politicized as the sounds of anti-nuclear street protests after the 3.11 nuclear disaster. Abe examines the tensions between chindon-ya’s role in street protests and the socially mandated practice of the silence of jishuku.

    • 21 min
    Listening with the Body with Juan Diego Diaz Meneses

    Listening with the Body with Juan Diego Diaz Meneses

    In this episode we talk with Juan Diego Diaz Meneses, whose article “Listening with the Body: An Aesthetics of Spirit Possession Outside the Terreiro” was published in the winter 2016 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. In his investigation of the aesthetics of spiritual possession, Juan Diego compares the ritualistic practices of Candomblé and the musical performances of Orkestra Rumpilezz to highlight the similarities and differences between spiritual possessions in the context of Afro-Bahian music.

    • 25 min

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Fascinating show! Well researched and accessible for those outside the field

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Fun and informative!

Thank you for creating these podcasts! They provide a lot of good information about music that we don’t necessarily think about. Looking forward to future podcasts!

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Ethnomusicology Today offers a fascinating look at issues in music and culture from around the world. Highly recommend!

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