Thomas Burkhalter, Kay Dickinson und Benjamin J. Harbert (Hrsg.)

The Arab Avant-Garde

Music, Politics, Modernity. The first in-depth study of diverse and radical innovation in Arab music.


From jazz trumpeters drawing on the noises of warfare in Beirut to female heavy metallers in Alexandria, the Arab culture offers a wealth of exciting, challenging, and diverse musics. The essays in this collection investigate the plethora of compositional and impovisational techniques, performance styles, political motivations, modes of professional training, and intercontinental collaborations that claim the mantle of "innovation" within Arab and Arab diaspora music. While most books on Middle Eastern music-making focus on notions of tradition and regionally specific genres, The Arab Avant-Garde presents a radically hybrid and globally dialectic set of practices. Engaging the "avant-garde" – a term with Eurocentric resonances – this anthology disturbs that presumed exclusivity, drawing on and challenging a growing body of literature about alternative modernities.

Chapters delve into genres and modes as diverse as jazz, musical theater, improvisation, hip-hop, and heavy metal as performed in such countries as Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and the United States. Focusing on multiple ways in which the "Arab avant-garde" becomes manifest, this anthology brings together international writers from eclectic disciplines – practicing musicians, area studies specialists, ethnomusicologists, and scholars of popular culture and media.

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

Thomas Burkhalter is a researcher at Zurich University of Arts, editor-in-chief of, and author of Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut.

Kay Dickinson is an associate professor at Concordia University and the author of Off Key: When Film and Music Won't Work Together.

Benjamin J. Harbert is an assistant professor of music at Georgetown University and the director of the documentary Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians.

Preis: CHF 42.00
Sprache: Englisch
Art: Taschenbuch
Erschienen: 2013
Verlag: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 978-0-8195-7386-5
Masse: 284 S.