This interdisciplinary text introduces the student to the diverse musical cultures that constitute America's musical landscape. Chapters cover twelve communities, from the West Indian steel drum bands of Brooklyn, to Mexican-American mariachi music. The Music of Multicultural America is a collection of fifteen essays on music in the United States that, together, present a sample of music making in a variety of American communities. One of our goals is to introduce the diversity of musical styles, genres, and repertoires that constitute the contemporary American soundscape; another is to highlight the role of music making in community life. Using the methods of historical research, oral history, and ethnographic fieldwork with musicians and their audiences, all of the contributors to this volume investigate how people make and experience music on a local level. The design and development of the accompanying online material was subsidized by a publication subvention grant from the College of William and Mary. Concerns about any of the online content associated with this publication should be directed to The Archives of Traditional Music which manages the ATMuse site.
Svestkova Alej (The Prune Song). Romy Gosz and His Orchestra. Romy Gosz-trumpet; Jim Jirikovic-trumpet; Linky Kohlbeck-saxophone and vocal; Fritz Puls-bass horn; Gordy Kohlbeck-piano; Andy Heier-drums and vocal. 1933.
Wedding Polka. Yuba Bohemian Band. Nick Rott-trombone; George McGilvery-cornet; William Tydrich-cornet; Alfred Stanek-baritone horn; Martin Rott-baritone horn; Wencil Stanek-clarinet; Otto Stanek-clarinet; and Anton Stanek-bass horn. August 25, 1946.
Taksim 'Ala al-'Ud (Improvisation on the ‘Ud). Jalil Azouz - 'Ud. 1955.
Lebanese Folk Genres: Ataba and Mijana, and 'Ala Daluna. Rana Homaidan-vocal; Naim Homaidan-’ud; and Anne Rasmussen-violin. 1990s.
Yemeni Wedding Party. Afrah al-Yemen. Abd al-Nur, vocals and ‘ud; Salah Najar-darabukkah; and Mufadal Yaswer-bongos. 1994.
Zaffat al-Hilu (The Procession of the Beautiful Bride). Bells Band (Majid Kakka, director, lead singer, and keyboard player; Salam Kakka and Johny Sana, percussion synthesizers). Summer, 1995.
unioNation. unioNation™ Machinists Music Project. A Michael Martinez, composer, lead guitar, vocals. Camron Lewis, George Tindall, and Martin Eddy instruments. July 2013.
La Delgadina (The Thin Maiden). Brenda M. Romero. 1998.
Son de la Malinche No. 1. Featuring Adelaido Martinez and Daniel Culacke, recorded by John Donald Robb. December 29, 1974.
Son de la Malinche No. 2. Featuring Gabriel Casiquito and Daniel Culacke. January 1, 1993.
Son del Toro. Featuring Adelaido Martinez and Daniel Culacke. December 29, 1974.
The Fast Monarca or The Jemez Man Song. Featuring Brenda M. Romero on violin and Daniel Culacke on guitar. January 1, 1993.
Roll, Jordan, Roll. The Harmonizers. Hershall McDonald - lead/tenor, Elijah Ruffin - bass, McClendon Cox - tenor, and Julius Guy - baritone. May 3, 1983.
I John Saw. The Spirit of Memphis Quartet. Melvin Mosely–lead vocal; Earl Malone–bass vocal; Jimmie Allen–tenor vocal; Jack Stepter–tenor vocal; Robert Reed–alto vocal; Hubert Crawford–guitar; Brown Berry–bass guitar; and Clifford Jackson-drums. May 3, 1983.
Lafayette Two-Step No. 1. California Cajun Orchestra. Danny Poullard - accordian and vocal; Suzy Thompson - fiddle; Kevin Wimmer - fiddle; Eric Thompson - electric guitar; Sam Siggins - electric bass; Charlie St. Mary - rubboard; and Terry O'Dwyer - drums. 1995.
Lafayette Two-Step No. 2. Danny Poullard, Freida Fusilier, and friends. December 1994.
Excerpt from Pancha Jati. Pandit Chitresh Das. Performers [L to R] at beginning of clip include Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas, Leah Brown, Joanna Meinl, and Farhana Huq, who are later joined by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh. 2002.
Savāl-javāb. Pandit Chitresh Das (dancer). Accompanied by [L to R] Kousic Sen (tabla), Swapnamoy Banerjee (sarod), Seibi Lee (tanpura), Debashis Sarkar (voice and harmonium). 2003.
Abhinaya. Pandit Chitresh Das. 2003.
Tampopo (Dandelion). Nobuko Miyamoto - vocals; Sharon Koga - shamisen; Danny Yanamoto - taiko; Taiji Miyagawa - acoustic bass; Rev. Masao Kodani - spoken vocals.
HIBAKUSHA! (Survivors). The 1,000 Cranes Ensemble. Mark Izu - acoustic bass, sho (Japanese bamboo mouth organ), and sheng (Chinese mouth organ); Miya Masaoka - 21-string koto (Japanese plucked zither); George Lewis - trombone; Li Qichao - sheng, sona (Chinese oboe); Francis Wong - tenor sax, clarinet, ryuteki (Japanese transverse flute); Lee Yen - tenor sax, hichiriki (Japanses double reed wind pipe); Jim Norton - bassoon, flute; Glenn Horiuchi - piano, shamisen (Japanese three-string plucked lute); Kei Yamashita - violin; Vijay Iyer - violin; Jeff Lucas - cello; Jeff Song - electric bass; Anthony Brown - percussion; Julian Lang and Lyn Risling - Karok chanting.