A new series of interdisciplinary conversations on music from around the world.
Sponsored by the Department of Music.
All talks take place at 4:30pm in 102 Woolworth Center, Princeton University.
This series aims at bringing together faculty and students across various disciplines to share their research and thoughts on nonwestern music, broadly defined. Each meeting, a member will present his/her work, in progress or finished, using the methodologies employed in his/her field. The goals of the colloquium are to provide a forum for discussion on a wide variety of musics; increase appreciation for the different methodologies and perspectives being applied to the study of music; and form a community of scholars who are exploring nonwestern music from diverse angles.
Schedule, Spring 2010
of the most dynamic and distinctive Caribbean music cultures is that
cultivated by the roughly one million descendants of indentured workers
immigrating from India in 1845-1917, primarily residing in Trinidad,
Guyana, Suriname, and secondary diaspora sites in New York and
elsewhere. Much of the music of this community, from pop chutney to tassa drumming, can be seen to derive ultimately from a stratum of 19th-century folk culture of North India’s Bhojpuri region. Given
the lack of contact with Bhojpuri India (and with related communities
in Fiji and elsewhere) after 1917, the trajectory of Indo-Caribbean
music culture affords a unique case study in diasporic dynamics. A
survey of neo-traditional Indo-Caribbean music, with reference to
counterparts and sources in India and Fiji, provides examples of
archaic marginal survivals, creolized genres, idiosyncratic local
elaborations of transplanted musical traditions, and neo-traditional
idioms that have flourished independently more in the diaspora
(including Fiji) than in India. Revealing comparisons and contrasts can be observed with other New World musical diasporas, such as that of the Yoruba.
Below please find readings or papers related to the upcoming presentations. Papers are posted from one week prior to the talk to one day after it. As some papers will not have been previously published, please refrain from copying or distributing them without obtaining permission from the author beforehand.