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Cultural Theories of Gesture

  • Guerino Mazzola
  • Jason Noer
  • Yan Pang
  • Shuhui Yao
  • Jay Afrisando
  • Christopher Rochester
  • William Neace
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Abstract

In this chapter, we examine the role of gestures in musical performance. The focus of this examination is on the physical, symbolic, and psychological movements of musicians in different traditions—American Hip Hop, Free Jazz, Japanese Noh Theater, and Chinese Folk. We locate these gestures in the bodies, scores, and sounds of and made by performers. It is also necessary to honor and acknowledge the cultural specificity of each musical tradition by recognizing the importance of different geographies, power dynamics, and histories. We describe the role of gestures as cultural expressivity, complementing the mathematical theory of gestures (see Chap.  14).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
    • 1
  • Jason Noer
    • 2
  • Yan Pang
    • 2
  • Shuhui Yao
    • 1
  • Jay Afrisando
    • 1
  • Christopher Rochester
    • 1
  • William Neace
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaSchool of MusicMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Theatre Arts & DanceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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