Music Cultures (Section 1)

Discipline: Music
Instructor: Kaloyanides
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 15:55
End: 17:10
Field Work: Day 1 | Spain Download Syllabus

Ethnomusicology has been defined as the study of music in culture. Some scholars consider it the study of music as culture. The ethnomusicologist attempts to gain a deeper understanding of a society by studying its musical expression in the belief that a culture’s music is a reflection of the culture and its worldview. He or she investigates how music is conceived, organized, and performed and ponders what it tells us about its parent society. This introductory course studies the musics of Ireland, England, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Cuba using the tools, techniques, and methodologies of the ethnomusicologist. Faculty and students will listen to, evaluate, and perform music and dance; observe, document and participate in musical events during field experience; and keep a research journal documenting their fieldwork, thoughts, observations, and conclusions. Method of evaluation based on exams, participant observation projects, and class and field participation.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1

Flamenco is a Spanish performance tradition that is a complex of dance (danza), solo guitar music (toque), hand clapping (palmas) and song (cante) Its origins lie with the Roma or Gypsy communities of Andalucia in southern Spain. Flamenco performance, and most characteristically the Cante Jondo or “deep song”, has been described as a cry of pain, despair and suffering, giving voice to the struggles of Roma life in Spain over the past five centuries. The earliest venues for Flamenco were the cafe cantantes, “singing cabarets” that were established in the Roma ghettos of Cadiz, Seville, Jerez and Malaga. The cafe cantantes gave birth to the cuadro flamenco, the traditional ensemble of singers, dancers and guitarists. In later years flamenco was also offered in the more concert-like setting called tablao.   Whereas flamenco began as a tradition of the Roma subculture of Spain, over the last century it has evolved into a national supercultural tradition intimately connected to a collective Spanish identity. More recently we see the festivalization of Flamenco that has both elevated its national character and established it as element in Spanish cultural tourism.   Our field lab will explore the myriad uses and functions of Flamenco in contemporary Spain as it is presented in museums, cultural presentations and flamenco festivals. We will visit the Museo del Baile Flamenco in Seville as well as the greatest of flamenco festivals in Spain, La Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla.