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Book Launch: Turkic Soundscapes From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

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ARTS&CULTURE LECTURE SERIES 5

Book Launch of ‘Turkic Soundscapes From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop’

With the special participation of editor Razia Sultanova

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018

Time: 7 pm

Venue: 10 Maple Street, London, W1T 5HA

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Turkic Soundscapes From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Edited by Razia Sultanova and Megan Rancier

The book is a culmination of a long awaited project exploring the story of Turkic peoples around the world and their story to music through the history of linguistics and genetic ancestries. The book examines the Soviet Union and increasing globalization which have resulted in the emergence of new viewpoints on classical and folk traditions, Turkic versions of globalized popular culture, and re-workings of folk and religious practices to fit the new social needs. The result of the book is a well-balanced survey of music in the Turkic-speaking world, representing folk, popular and classical traditions equally, as well as discussing how these traditions have changed in response to growing modernity and cosmopolitanism in Europe and Central Asia.

Dr. Razia Sultanova is the author of four books and three edited volumes (in Russian, French and English) on Central Asian music, gender and music, and music and society. She worked in Moscow at the Union of the Soviet Composers and the Russian Institute of Art Studies, and having moved to reside in the UK in 1994 at the University of London, and has since 2008 worked at the University of Cambridge. She has been a Visiting Professor at Moscow State Conservatory, at the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana) and at the Khoja Ahmet Yassawi Kazakh-Turkish University (Turkistan, Kazakhstan). Razia Sultanova is the Vice-President of the International Council for Traditional Music and the Chair of the ICTM Study Group on music of the Turkic speaking world. Her next book entitled “Popular culture in Afghanistan” is currently being published by IBTauris.

Megan Rancier researches issues of music and national identity in Post-Soviet Central Asia. Her dissertation focused on the "biography" of a Kazakh fiddle (qyl-qobyz) and its implications for Kazakh nation-building in contemporary Kazakhstan. As part of her ethnographic fieldwork, she lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan for 18 months, supported by Fulbright IIE and Title VIII fellowships. Her work has been published in Popular Music and Society, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, and Ethnomusicology. She is currently a Lecturer of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH).

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