"Music that Tears You Apart: Jazz Manouche and the Qualia of Ethnorace"
Speaker: Siv B. Lie
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2pm
Location: SOM 3164
Exclusive to the School of Music Community | Free
Abstract: Jazz manouche is a genre through which notions of Manouche (French Romani/“Gypsy”) ethnoracial identities are performed and articulated. Drawing on ethnographic research in the French jazz manouche scene, this presentation takes a semiotic approach to investigate how ethnoracial categories are generated through sonic perception and language about sound. My analysis foregrounds fluidities between expressive practices by exploring how sensory experiences (“qualia”) of power, rawness, and “feeling” are used to correlate particular musical sounds with ethnoracialized bodies. These discourses can serve or compromise Manouche interests as they naturalize ideologies about social difference.
Speaker Bio: Siv B. Lie is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines relationships between cultural production and minority rights. She focuses on how Romani (“Gypsy”) populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests. Her current book project, tentatively titled Django Generations: Constructing Ethnorace, Citizenship, and Jazz Manouche in France, argues that music and discourse about music profoundly shape senses of ethnoracial and national belonging among French Manouche populations. Through ethnographic, performance-based, and archival research methods, her work takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the politics of expressive practices and the commodification of culture. Dr. Lie has published in Popular Music and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Jazz and Culture. She is co-founder and Principal Coordinator of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, an organization that brings together scholars, artists, and community members to raise awareness about Romani musics and cultures. She is also Curator of the Music section of RomArchive, the first digital archive of Romani arts and cultures led primarily by Roma. Dr. Lie earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Music at New York University and is also a violinist, violist, and vocalist in a variety of genres.