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Author Ashton-Smith, Alan, author.

Title Gypsy music : the Balkans and beyond / Alan Ashton-Smith.

Publication Info. London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    781.6291 ASH    Available
Description 221 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
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volume nc rdacarrier
Series Reverb series
Reverb series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-209), discography (pages 211-213), and index.
Summary "The figure of the gypsy is simultaneously vilified and romanticized. Gypsies have for centuries been associated with criminality and dirt, but also with colour, magic and music. Gypsy music is popular around the world, and is performed at occasions that include weddings in Bulgaria, jazz shows in Paris and festivals in the USA. Performers like Taraf de Haidouks and the Boban Markovic Orkestar remain popular for their more traditional sounds, while groups such as Gogol Bordello have gained new audiences with experimental and hybridized forms.The Balkans is home to the world's largest Romani populations and a major site of gypsy music production. But just as the traditionally nomadic Roma have travelled globally, so has their music, and gypsy music styles have roots and associations beyond the Balkans, including Russian Romani guitar music, flamenco, gypsy jazz and the more recent forms of gypsy punk and Balkan beats. Covering the thirteenth century to the present day, and with a geographical scope that ranges from rural Romania to New York by way of Budapest, Moscow and Andalusia, Gypsy Music reveals the remarkable diversity of this exuberant art form"--Page [4] of cover.
Contents Introduction -- The origins of Balkan gypsy music -- Liszt vs. Bartók: The Hungarian question -- Gypsy music and Balkanism -- Contemporary Gypsy music in the Balkans -- Gypsy Music in Russia -- Gypsy music in Spain: Flamenco -- Gypsy jazz: Hybrid forms -- Gypsy punk and Balkan beats -- Conclusion.
Subject Romanies -- Music -- History and criticism.
Romanies -- Balkan Peninsula -- Music -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9781780238234

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