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American Gamelan and the Ethnomusicological Imagination$
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Elizabeth A Clendinning

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043383

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043383.001.0001

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Cultivating New Flowers

Cultivating New Flowers

(p.201) Chapter 10 Cultivating New Flowers
American Gamelan and the Ethnomusicological Imagination

Elizabeth A Clendinning

University of Illinois Press

By examining the self-narrative of college Balinese gamelan teacher Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana, the chapter juxtaposes and recontextualizes key themes from the entire volume, including the construction of musical lineages, transnational artistic communities, personal negotiations of artistic and social status, pedagogical creativity, and personal sacrifice. Biography is presented as an important medium for understanding the impact of teaching and performance; ethnomusicology, as a field that constitutes a way of life rather than a professional occupation alone. The chapter concludes with suggestions for creating more sustainable academic world music communities, including improving access and representation, and for reconsidering the distinctive and powerful role that ensembles can play in cultivating cultural and artistic diversity in higher education.

Keywords:   biography, cultural diversity, Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana, ethnomusicology, gamelan, musical lineages

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