Wednesday, November 15, 2017
College of Music Building
of Voice: Vocal Situations and Practices of Listening in South Asia"
Dr. Matthew Rahaim is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Minnesota's School of Music. He is a researcher, teacher, and performer of Indian Hindustani vocal music. Dr. Rahaim is the author of Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2012), which investigates the tacit bodily disciplines passed down through generations of Hindustani vocalists. In particular, this work maps a discursive history of gesture, analyzing the parallel expression of melody in hand and voice, and paints a new picture of how singers physically navigate raga, space, and time in the course of performance. His current ethnographic project (tentatively titled Voice Cultures: Indian Traditions of Resounding Virtue) investigates various traditions of voice production in India -- classical vocalists, Sufi ritual singers, devotional bhajans, and the cluster of cosmopolitan musics often called "Western" -- all with an eye toward training, practice and dynamic striving rather than fixed generic or regional categories.
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