The Music of Multicultural America
by Kip Lornell and Anne K. Rasmussen
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 site.
James P. Leary
Czech American Polka Music in Wisconsin
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.
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.
Ann Morrison Spinney
Kitchen Racket, Céilí, and Pub Session: Traditional Irish Music in Boston, Massachusetts
Various Performers.
Henry Sapoznik
Klezmer Music: The First One Thousand Years
The Abe Ellstein Orchestra with Dave Tarras.
Kapelye with Henry Sapoznik.
Anne K. Rasmussen
The Music of Arab Detroit: A Musical Mecca in the Midwest
Jalil Azouz - 'Ud.
Rana Homaidan-vocal; Naim Homaidan-’ud; and Anne Rasmussen-violin.
Afrah al-Yemen. Abd al-Nur, vocals and ‘ud; Salah Najar-darabukkah; and Mufadal Yaswer-bongos.
Bells Band (Majid Kakka, director, lead singer, and keyboard player; Salam Kakka and Johny Sana, percussion synthesizers).
Summer, 1995.
Daniel Sheehy
Mexican Mariachi Music: Made in the U.S.A.
Mariachi Águilas de Chapala.
Recorded on August 20, 1959 (Published 1960).
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.
2002 (published).
Christopher A. Scales and Gabriel Desrosiers
"Nimiidaa!" [Let's all dance!]: Music and Dance of the Northern Intertribal Powwow
The Northern Wind Singers.
From the CD Bimaadiziwin, which is available for purchase or download at 2015.
The Northern Wind Singers.
Jim Griffith
Waila: The Social Dance Music of the Tohono O'odham
Southern Scratch. Ron Joaquin - bass and guitar; Sara Joaquin - percussion; Fernando Joaquin - saxophone; Jose Velasco, Jr. - drums; Richard Garcia - accordion; Brandis Joaquin - percussion; Jesse Puentes - guitar and bass.
Gu Achi Fiddlers.
Brenda M. Romero
Cultural Interaction in New Mexico as Illustrated in the la Danza de Matachines
unioNation™ Machinists Music Project. A. Michael Martinez, composer, lead guitar, vocals. Camron Lewis, George Tindall, and Martin Eddy, instruments.
July, 2013.
Brenda M. Romero.
Featuring Adelaido Martinez and Daniel Culacke, recorded by John Donald Robb.
December 29, 1974.
Featuring Gabriel Casiquito and Daniel Culacke.
January 1, 1993.
Featuring Adelaido Martinez and Daniel Culacke.
December 29, 1974.
Featuring Brenda M. Romero on violin and Daniel Culacke on guitar.
January 1, 1993.
Ron Pen
Triangles, Squares, Circles, and Diamonds: The "Fasola Folk" and Their Singing Tradition
Southern Harmony singers of Benton, Kentucky, led by Ray Mofield.
Kentucky State Sacred Harp Convention.
Kip Lornell
The Memphis African American Sacred Quartet Community
The Harmonizers. Hershall Mcdonald - lead/tenor, Elijah Ruffin - bass, McClendon Cox - tenor, and Julius Guy - baritone.
May 3, 1983.
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.
Gage Averill
"Pan Is We Ting": West Indian Steelbands in Brooklyn
Pan Rebels Steelband.
September, 1994.
Mark F. DeWitt
From the Bayou to the Bay: Louisiana French Dance Music in Northern California
California Cajun Orchestra. Danny Poullard - accordion 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.
Danny Poullard, Freida Fusilier, and friends.
December, 1994.
Sarah Morelli
"A Superior Race of Strong Women": North Indian Classical Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area
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.
Pandit Chitresh Das (dancer). Accompanied by [L to R] Kousic Sen (tabla), Swapnamoy Banerjee (sarod), Seibi Lee (tanpura), Debashis Sarkar (voice and harmonium).
Pandit Chitresh Das.
Susan M. Asai
Sansei Voices in the Community: Japanese American Musicians in California
Nobuko Miyamoto - vocals; Sharon Koga - shamisen; Danny Yanamoto - taiko; Taiji Miyagawa - acoustic bass; Rev. Masao Kodani - spoken vocals.
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.
Theo Cateforis and Elena Humphreys
Constructing Communities and Identities: Riot Grrrl New York City
Double Zero. Emma Johnson, Jill Reiter, Halle Winkler, and Debbie Wolfensohn.
c. 1993.
Selena Wahng.
Publication keywords: American vernacular music, ethnicity, region, community, textbook, diversity, multicultural