Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: U of M Bookstore Coffman Memorial Union
Matthew Rahaim, local author and University of Minnesota professor, will discuss his book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music on Thursday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.
Indian classical music is performed with extensive physical motions and gestures that are both disciplined and spontaneous; singers implicitly theorize melody as motion, construct melodic objects, and transmit musical traditions. These gestures embody a special kind of melodic knowledge that results in lineages of vocalists who not only sound similar, but also engage with music kinesthetically according to similar aesthetic and ethical ideals. Musicking Bodies investigates the ways in which hand gestures are used to manifest melody and transmit culture, and is an important contribution to the field of ethnomusicology.
Rahaim will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.