It's Not Fusion: Hybridity in the Music of Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa Page: 2
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Govind, Arathi, It's Not Fusion: Hybridity in the Music of Vijay lyer and
Rudresh Mahanthappa. Master of Music (Musicology), December 2012, 119 pp.,
11 musical examples, bibliography, discography, 24 titles.
This thesis concerns the performance of identity in the music of Indian
American jazz musicians Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay lyer. In combining the
use of Indian classical music elements with jazz, lyer and Mahanthappa create
music that is inextricably tied to their multifaceted identities. Traditional
musicological analysis is juxtaposed with a theoretical framework that draws on
postcolonial theory and the history of Asian immigrant populations to the U.S. I
chronicle the interactions between Indian and Western music and link it to larger
issues of Asian American identity formation and activism through music. Through
interviews and transcriptions of studio recordings, I identify specific compositional
and improvisational strategies of the musicians. I emphasize the role of individual
agency in the formation of second-generation identities, drawing attention to the
distinct ways that lyer and Mahanthappa approach their music. Finally, I connect
this research to a larger discourse on Indian American artistic identity.
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Govind, Arathi. It's Not Fusion: Hybridity in the Music of Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa, thesis, December 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc177203/m1/2/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .