Community of Comfort

Ted SolÍs

in Performing Ethnomusicology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238749
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937178 | DOI:
Community of Comfort

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This chapter provides an overview on a Latin Marimba ensemble that the author has developed and taught. It highlights how the author had initially modeled this ensemble and its performative world on the regional marimba ensemble of the southeastern Mexican states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Oaxaca. By the nineteenth century the marimba was a chromatic instrument with a double keyboard. It draws attention to the role of the eminent sarod artist and thoroughly modern Buddhadev Dasgupta in the incorporation of innovative pedagogical methods into the venerable Hindustani tradition that influenced the author's later interrogation of musical orthodoxies. It later discusses the importance of the words “ethno” and “ensemble” for the author's life and career and also illustrates how the author was associated with Mexican marimba. The ensemble itself is built upon a traditional base. As the author researched and learned, it became part of his performance practice without examination or sometimes with considerable adaptation.

Keywords: Latin marimba; marimba ensemble; Hindustani tradition; Mexican marimba; marimba; ensemble

Chapter.  9231 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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