Creating a Community, Negotiating Among Communities

Scott Marcus

in Performing Ethnomusicology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238749
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937178 | DOI:
Creating a Community, Negotiating Among Communities

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This chapter provides a discussion on performing Middle Eastern music for a diverse Middle Eastern and American public. One would intuitively assume that most of the defining aspects of a given type of ensemble are dictated by the cultural and geographic focus, with a variety of other forces helping to shape each group. Many elements are determined by the ensemble's director, others are affected by the environment of the home university, and still others come about because of the nature of the surrounding community, and often because of the active participation by specific members of this community. Further, ensemble membership fluctuates as new people join in and other members leave. Thus, it is part of their nature that ensembles grow and change over time. This chapter also deals with structuring Middle Eastern and Indian ensembles and discusses a Middle East ensemble repertoire model. Lastly it gives a synoptic view of a sense of community inside and outside the UCSB Middle East Ensemble.

Keywords: Middle East Ensemble; geographic focus; Middle Eastern music; Indian ensembles; ensemble membership

Chapter.  5211 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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