International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 32 (2000)

Articles for the 2000 Yearbook for Traditional Music focus on the themes from ICTM's 35th World Conference, held in Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1999. Reviews of books, compact discs, and a video anthology complete the issue.

General Editor:  Dieter Christensen

Table of Contents


  • ‘Investigating a Musical Biography in Korea: The Theorist/Musicologist Pak Yŏn (1378-1458)’ by Robert C. Provine.
  • ‘The Sound of Han: P'ansori, Timbre and a Korean Ethos of Pain and Suffering’ by Heather Willoughby.
  • ‘Shifting Landscapes: Musical Mediations of Modernity in the Malaysian Rainforest’ by Marina Roseman.
  • ‘Melodic Paradoxes in the Music of the Thai pi-phat and Javanese gamelan’ by Bussakorn Sumrongthong and Neil Sorrell.
  • ‘Embodiment and Ambivalence: Emotion in South Asian Muharram Drumming’ by Richard K. Wolf.
  • ‘Fine Art, Fine Music: Controlling Turkish Taste at the Fine Arts Academy in 1926’ by John Morgan O'Connell.
  • ‘The Current State of Research on Korean Music’ by Byong Won Lee.
  • ‘Research Activities in China: Country Report’ by Tsao Penyeh and Xue Yibing.
  • ‘Tôyô Ongaku Gakkai and Music Research in Japan’ by Tsuge Gen'ichi.
  • ‘Multicultural Metamethods: Lessons from Visby’ by Mark Slobin.

Book Reviews

  • Review Essay: Multicultural Music Education. By Kari Veblen.
  • Music Grooves: Essays and Dialogues by Charles Keil; Steven Feld. Review by Kyra D. Gaunt.
  • A Spiral Way: How the Phonograph Changed Ethnography by Erika Brady; Off the Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America by David Morton. Review by Daniel Neely.
  • Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance among Syrian Jews by Kay Kaufman Shelemay. Review by Edwin Seroussi.
  • Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur by Michael B. Bakan. Review by David Harnish.
  • The Beginnings of Western Music in Meiji Era Japan by Ury Eppstein; The Spirit of Tsugaru: Blind Musicians, Tsugaru-Jamisen, and the Folk Music of Northern Japan with the Autobiography of Takahashi Chikuzan by Takahashi Chikuzan; Gerald Groemer. Review by Hugh de Ferranti.
  • Songs of the Caged, Songs of the Free: Music and the Vietnamese Refugee Experience by Adelaida Reyes. Review by Margaret Sarkissian.
  • Gongs & Bamboo: A Panorama of Philippine Music Instruments by José Maceda. Review by Yoshitaka Terada.
  • Drumming for the Gods: The Life and Times of Felipe García Villamil by María Teresa Vélez. Review by Katherine Hagedorn.
  • Miscelanea II of Studies Dedicated to Fernando Ortiz by Jane Gregory Rubin. Review by Robin Moore.
  • Bacchanal: The Carnival Culture of Trinidad by Peter Mason. Review by Dominique Cyrille.
  • The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil by Hermano Vianna; John Charles Chasteen; The Social History of the Brazilian Samba by Lisa Shaw. Review by Frederick Moehn.
  • A musicológica Kamayurá. Para uma antropologia da comunicação no Alto Xingu by Rafael José de Menezes Bastos. Review by Elizabeth Travassos.
  • Spirit of the First People: Native American Music Traditions of Washington State by Willie Smyth; Esme Ryan. Review by Steve Nickerson.
  • The Power of Kiowa Song: A Collaborative Ethnography by Luke E. Lassiter. Review by Joann W. Keali'inohomoku.
  • Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles by Clora Bryant; California Soul: Music of African-Americans in the West by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje; Eddie S. Meadows. Review by A. Scott Currie.
  • Klezmer-Musik by Rita Ottens; Joel Rubin. Review by Walter Zev Feldman.
  • Tradycje Muzyczne a ich Przemiany: Miedzy kultura ludowa, popularna i elitarna Polski miedzywojennej by Dahlig Piotr. Review by Anna Czekanowska.
  • Identità musicale della Val dei Mòcheni. Cultura e canti tradizionali di una comunità alpina plurilingue by Renato Morelli; Le ragioni dei cantastorie. Poesia e realtà nella cultura popolare del Sud by Mauro Geraci; Canti sardi a chitarra. Un sistema tradizionale di competizione poetico-musicale by Andrea Carpi; Etnografia musicale in Sicilia. 1870-1941 by Sergio Bonanzinga. Review by Goffredo Plastino.
  • Africa and the Blues by Gerhard Kubik. Review by Frank Gunderson.
  • Chipendani und Mbira. Musikinstrumente, nichtbegriffliche Mathematik und die Evolution der harmonischen Progressionen in der Musik der Shona in Zimbabwe by Klaus-Peter Brenner. Review by Gerd Grupe.
  • Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the West by Veit Erlmann. Review by Timothy D. Taylor.

Record Reviews

Cross-Regional Collections

  • The Music of Islām by Celestial Harmonies; David Parsons; Margaret J. Kartomi; Kay Parsons; Jürgen Elsner; Christopher Basile; Timothy D. Fuson; Samir Cherif; John Schaefer. Review by Dieter Christensen.
  • A Viagem dos Sons [The Journey of Sounds] by Susana Sardo; Keneth David Jackson; Margaret Sarkissian; Margaret Kartomi; Carlos Piteira; Timorese Association in Victoria Inc.; Tradisom Editora Discográfica; João Soeiro de Carvalho; Rosa Clara Neves; Jorge Castro Ribeiro; Samuel Araújo. Review by Lee Tong Soon.


  • Burkina Faso: Anthology of the Music of the Gan by Patrick Kersalé. Review by Oforiwaa Ama Konadu Aduonum.
  • Dònfòli, Play the Music: Bamana and Bozo Songs from Kirango, Mali by Elisabeth den Otter. Review by Alexandre Enkerli.
  • Ennanga: Epic Songs from Uganda by Boyd Noorda; Joop Veuger; Michael Oneka. Review by Peter Cooke.
  • Guinea: Kpelle Music by Pierre Bois; Francis Comini; Dominque Vander-Heym; François Gründ. Review by Ruth M. Stone.
  • Western Sisaala Music from Lambussie, Ghana: In the Time of My Fourth Great-Grandfather by Trevor Wiggins. Review by Oforiwaa Ama Konadu Aduonum.
  • Mali: Bambara Music of Baninko by Edda Brandes; Salia Malé; Josué Thierno. Review by Eric Charry.
  • Mali: The Dogon. Music of the Masks and the Funeral Rituals by Pierre Bois; François Gründ; Judith Crews. Review by Eric Charry.

Australia and Oceania

  • Te Kuki 'Airani. The Cook Islands: Songs, Rhythms and Dances by Ad Linkels; Lucia Linkels. Review by Jane Freeman Moulin.

North America

  • Black Appalachia. String Bands, Songsters and Hoedowns by Alan Lomax; John A. Lomax; Harold Spivacke; Robert Stuart Jamieson; Margot Mayo; Freyda Simon; Stephen Wade. Review by Travis A. Jackson.
  • Black Texicans. Balladeers and Songsters of the Texas Frontier by Alan Lomax; John A. Lomax; Matthew Barton; Paul Olivier. Review by Travis A. Jackson.
  • Choose Your Partners! Contra Dance and Square Dance Music of New Hampshire by Gerry Putnam; Ric Watson; Jack Beard; Lunn Martin; Kate Van Winkle Keller. Review by Jonathan T. King.
  • Coteau: Highly Seasoned Cajun Music by Coteau Diagle; Tony Diagle; Nick Spitzer. Review by Jonathan T. King.
  • Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim like Me! Narrative Poetry from the Black Oral Tradition by Bruce Jackson. Review by Jason Lee Oakes.
  • Mississippi John Hurt: Legend by John Hurt; Tom Hoskins; Music Research Inc.. Review by Jonathan T. King.
  • Praise the Lord: Gospel Music in Washington, D.C. by Horace Clarence Boyer; Gail S. Lowe; The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture. Review by Paul Jong-Chul Yoon.
  • Prison Songs: Historical Recordings from Parchman Farm, 1947-48 by Alan Lomax. Review by Jeremy Wallach.
  • Puerto Rico in Washington by Pete Reiniger; René Lopez; Jorge Pérez Rolón; Juan Flores. Review by Babette Becker.
  • River of Song: A Musical Journey down the Mississippi by Elijah Ward. Review by Jonathan T. King.

Central America and the Caribbean

  • East Indian Music in the West Indies by Alan Lomax; Peter Manuel. Review by Laxmi G. Tewari.

South America

  • El Lobo: Songs and Games of Latin America by Henrietta Yurchenco. Review by Marisol Berrios-Miranda.

East Asia

  • Dongjing Music: Where Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist Culture Meet by Zhang Xingrong; Helen Rees. Review by Frederick Lau.
  • The Music of Tibetan Buddhism by Peter Crossley-Holland. Review by Wei Li.

Southeast Asia

  • Borneo: Music of the Dayak and of the Punan by Manuel Gomes. Review by Philip Yampolsky.
  • Indonesian Guitars by Philip Yampolsky. Review by David Novak.
  • Jegog: The Rhythmic Power of Bamboo by Martin Ramstedt. Review by Philip Yampolsky.
  • Lanna Thai: Instrumental Music of Northwest Thailand by Fred Gales. Review by Deborah Wong.
  • Lombok, Kalimantan, Banyumas: Little-Known Forms of Gamelan and Wayang by Philip Yampolsky. Review by David Harnish.
  • Thailand: Ceremonial and Court Music from Central Thailand by James S. Upton. Review by Deborah Wong.

West Asia

  • Iran: Bardes du Khorassan by Ameneh Youssefzadeh. Review by Stephen Blum.


  • Croatia: Traditional Music. Traditional Music of Today by Croatian Radio-Television; Svanibor Pettan. Review by Zdravko Blažeković.
  • Croatie: Musique d'autrefois by Grozdana Marošević. Review by Zdravko Blažeković.
  • Judeo-Spanish Songs from Eastern Mediterranean by Pierre Bois; Edwin Seroussi. Review by Walter Zev Feldman.
  • Oytsres (Treasures): Klezmer Music 1908-1996 by Joel Rubins; Rita Ottens. Review by Walter Zev Feldman.
  • Serbia: An Anthology of Serbian Folk Music by Dimitrije O. Golemović; Katarina Knezević. Review by Stephen Erdely.

Video Review

  • The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Europe. Review by Stephen Cottrell.