Cultural Theories of Gesture
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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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