Formulating Difference in Modal Music: The Analysis of Emplacement within Andalusian Music in Tunisia (Jared Holton)

Wednesday, April 21 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

As part of the UC Santa Barbara Ethnomusicology Forum's UCSB ABD Graduate Student Series, UC Santa Barbara PhD candidate Jared Holton will present a lecture titled "Formulating Difference in Modal Music: The Analysis of Emplacement within Andalusian Music in Tunisia" on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 3:30-5 pm PDT via Zoom. The music of al-Andalus, or medieval Muslim Spain, contributes significantly to the sense of cultural heritage and identity for many people and constitutes one of the oldest living music traditions in the world. In this talk, Holton will explore the process Tunisians undertake in transcribing social and cultural difference within musical structure in order to mobilize meaning. 

 

Zoom link: tinyurl.com/EthnoSP21

Meeting ID: 880 4630 7897

Passcode: 3m867k

 

Abstract

The music of al-Andalus, or medieval Muslim Spain, contributes significantly to the sense of cultural heritage and identity for many people and constitutes one of the oldest living music traditions in the world. In North Africa, Tunisians assemble this aural heritage through the medium of 13 musical modes which network vast histories of Arab-Andalusian migration, the enslavement of Black sub-Saharan peoples, the art music legacies of the Ottoman court, and modern Mediterranean Arab identity. How do musical modes represent these complex histories, and how do contemporary Tunisians perform and transmit them? This talk explores the process Tunisians undertake in transcribing social and cultural difference within musical structure in order to mobilize meaning. More than just scales and pitch hierarchies, the Andalusian modal music of Tunisia demonstrates the vitality of structured sound to foreground relations between ideas, feelings, and bodies, and beyond that between humans, non-humans, and cosmic forces.

About the Speaker

Jared Holton is a PhD Candidate at UC Santa Barbara in Ethnomusicology with an emphasis in Global Studies. During his 2018-2019 fieldwork in Sfax, Tunisia, he became the first non-Tunisian to register as a music student in the state conservatory program. Holton is the current co-chair for the Society for Arab Music Research in the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Alumni, Graduate Students, Prospective Students, Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public

Topic

Arts & Culture, Music

Feature

Humanities

Tags

music, world music, ethnomusicology

Website

https://music.ucsb.edu/news/event/2196

Cost

FREE

Department
Music
Hashtag

#ucsbmusic

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