Music in the American Diasporic Wedding

Music in the American Diasporic Wedding

Edited by Inna Naroditskaya
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04176-0
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Music in the American Diasporic Wedding explores the complex cultural adaptations, preservations, and fusions that occur in weddings between couples and families of diverse origins. Discussing weddings as a site of negotiations between generations, traditions, and religions, the essays gathered here argue that music is the mediating force between the young and the old, ritual and entertainment, immigrant lore and assimilation. The contributors examine such colorful settings as the integration of klezmer-tinged Mandarin tunes at a Jewish and Taiwanese-American wedding, an entire wedding services industry found in Chicago's South Asian community that holds expos featuring various different wedding music options, and a Puerto Rican couple "thundering" down the aisles of New York St. Cecilia Church to rap their marriage vows. These essays show how wedding music and performance inform complex multi-ethnic diasporic identities and ultimately remind us that how we listen to and celebrate otherness defines who we are.

Author Bio

Inna Naroditskaya is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. She is author of Bewitching Russian Opera: The Tsarina from State to Stage, Song from the Land of Fire: Continuity and Change in Azerbaijani Mugham, and coeditor of several volumes, including Music of the Sirens.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: What a Wedding Song Tells Me about Music and Performance in the Negotiation of Global Everyday Life / Alejandro L. Madrid

Introduction: Music and Joy in Diasporic Weddings / Inna Naroditskaya

1. Theoretical Perspectives on Weddings, Locally and Beyond / A. J. Racy

2. Negotiating Gender, Community, and Ethnicity: Balkan Romani Transnational Weddings / Carol Silverman

3. Dissonant Love: Music in Latino/a Diasporic Weddings / Lorena Alvarado and Frances R. Aparicio

4. Tambura Music, Flags, and the Deterritorialization of Rituals at Croatian-American Weddings / Ian MacMillen

5. Like An Erhu Player on the Roof: Music and Multilayered Diasporic Negotiation at a Taiwanese and Jewish American Wedding / Meredith Schweig

6. Song, Sevdah, and Ceremony: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Music and Community Cohesion in Bosnian-American Weddings / Tanya Merchant

7. Soulful Same-Sex Wedding, Aretha Franklin, Love and the Politics of (Un)freedom / Nina C. Öhman

8. Trying to Get the Gig: "Ethnic" Weddings from the Musician’s Perspective / Michael Allemana

9. Jewish Wedding Music in the Neo-Klezmer Era / Hankus Netsky

10. Sound Unions: The Work of Music Specialists in Chicago’s South Asian Wedding Scene / Kaley Mason and Ameera Nimjee

11. Mountain Weddings in Chicago / Tim Cooley