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Women Musicians of Uzbekistan: From Courtyard to Conservatory

Tanya Merchant


Influences by women's distinct influence on Uzbekistan's music, this book ventures into Tashkent's post-Soviet music scene to place women musicians within the nation's evolving artistic and political arenas. Drawing on fieldwork and music study carried out between 2001 and 2014, the book challenges the Western idea of Central Asian women as sequestered and oppressed. Instead, the book notes the ways Uzbekistan's women stand at the forefront of four prominent genres: maqom, folk music, Western art music, and popular music. The book's recounting of the women's experiences, stories, and memories ... More

Keywords: nationalism, Uzbekistan, post-Soviet music, women musicians, Central Asian women, folk music, Western art music, popular music, femininity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039539
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya Merchant, author
University of California Santa Cruz