For my sake as much as yours, I’m rounding up some themes from the last year (cf. my post for 2018)—do click on the links, both below and in the posts themselves! There’s plenty more to explore under the monthly archives as you scroll down in the sidebar.
- A flawed funeral
- A new memorial stele
- A meditation on impermanence
- Li Manshan’s latest diary
- Grave charts
- Changing ritual artefacts
- Drum patterns of Yanggao ritual
and I augment my post Walking Shrill with
On my other main fieldsite of Gaoluo (summary here),
Bearing on both the Li family and Gaoluo is
Among many posts on the great Yang Yinliu are
For links to ritual life around south Jiangsu, see
and for the rich cultures of Fujian,
For more on China, see
- Images from the Maoist era
- Archive Chinese recordings
- Famine and expressive culture
- Buddhism under Mao: Wutaishan
- Chau on “doing religion” in modern China
- Religion in Chinese society
- A Tang mélange
- A Confucius mélange.
The plight of the Uyghurs is a pressing concern (see also Uyghur tag):
Further afield, see
The category of “world music“, or rather musicking in societies around the world, continues to grow. For salient perspectives on musical cultures worldwide (notably the brilliant, accessible work of Bruno Nettl), see
- Society and soundscape, as well as
- World music abolished!!!
- What is “serious music”?!
- Unpacking “improvisation”.
For diverse regional genres, see e.g.
- Morocco: Paul Bowles
- Noh drama (and the meretricious sequel Oh Noh!)
- Two guttural vocalists
- Polish jazz, and Some jazz fiddling
- Dream songs.
For the musics of Iran, see
Pursuing my shawm theme. see
Among several posts on Italian folk culture are
Note also new posts on flamenco.
On English culture (roundup here):
and having given Alan Bennett time off for good behaviour, he stars in several recent posts, notably
Under the WAM category, posts include
- Barbara Hannigan
- Hélène Grimaud
- Meredith Monk
- Playing with history
- Popular culture in early modern Europe
- Janáček and Moravian folk (see here for a roundup of Czech stories)
- Reception history
- The art of conducting: a roundup (with the brilliant Oxana Thaili alongside Bernstein, Rozhdestvensky, Rattle, and Co.)
and recent additions to the Mozart tag, like
Under the Messiaen tag, major new posts are
On a lighter note are two classics on rubber chicken:
And I continue the theme of stammering:
Also well worth a read is
And don’t forget the *MUST READ* category—among which my personal choice remains