Contemporary trends in the Mongolian folksong tradition of urtyn duu

Contemporary trends in the Mongolian folksong tradition of urtyn duu

In 2009, three young singers, who had met at the conservatory and had studied a traditional folksong genre called urtyn duu (long-song), created a folk pop-group. Like the pictures provided in the liner notes, which were unusually commercialized for a traditional folk genre music, their music was unexpected and provocative for the majority of the Mongolian folk music audience. This new direction was unusual not so much because of the melding of Western instruments such as piano and synthesizer with a traditional vocal genre, but rather because of their unique acoustic ‘harmonizing’ of independent, ornamented and melismatic vocal solos, while retaining the traditional singing style and improvisation, and using mostly traditional songs.

Link: Contemporary trends in the Mongolian folksong tradition of urtyn duu | International Institute for Asian Studies.

Article: http://www.iias.nl/sites/default/files/IIAS_NL63_04.pdf

« Asia in Memory and Imagination »

“Asia in Memory and Imagination,” 51st annual meeting, Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS), September 27-28, 2013, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

We welcome faculty, scholars and students from all disciplines to submit proposals for papers, panels,roundtables, poster exhibits, or workshops. Proposals in all disciplines are welcome, and we encourage you to organize integrated panels if possible (3 papers per panel, 90 minute panels).

Visit: www.weber.edu/WCAAS Contact: Greg Lewis, Program Chair, 801-626-6707 or glewis@weber.edu.

Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), Call for Articles

Asian Literature and Translation (ALT) is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal established by the Centre for the History of Religion in Asia (CHRA), Cardiff University.

The main objective of the journal is to publish research papers, translations, and reviews in the field of Asian religious literature (construed in the widest sense) in a form that makes them quickly and easily accessible to the international academic community, to professionals in related fields, such as theatre and storytelling, and to the general public. The scope of the journal covers the cultural, historical, and religious literature of South, Southeast, East and Central Asia in the relevant languages (e.g. Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, et al.). We particularly welcome literary translations, including extracts from longer works in progress, manuscript reports and commentarial material, new adaptations of classic texts, archive stories and debate pieces, and the discussion of new approaches to translation. Book and performance reviews, including visual material, and letters to the editor, including responses to published material, are also solicited.Contributions are welcome on a wide range of topics in the research area as defined above.

For further information see: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/research/centres/chra/whatwedo/journal-asian-lit-and-translation.html.

Call for Articles

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the anthropological studies of all societies and cultures in the Middle East and Central Eurasia.

Its scope is to publish original research by social scientists not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related social sciences. It includes all areas of modern and contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China) including topics on minority groups and religious themes. The journal also will review monographic studies, reference works, results of conferences, and international workshops. ACME also publishes review essays, reviews of books and multimedia products (including music, films, and web sites) relevant to the main aims of the journal.

All submissions for articles are peer-reviewed. ACME is published with the financial support and collaboration of GroupeSocietes, Religions, Laicites, Centre National de la RechercheScientifique (CNRS), France.

For general inquiries and Instructions for Authors, please visit: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/anthropologyiran/acme/contact/

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