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Greeted with Smiles

As the Soviet Union stood on the brink of collapse, thousands of Bukharian Jews left their homes from across the predominantly Muslim cities of Central Asia, to reestablish their lives in the United States, Israel and Europe. Today, about thirty thousand Bukharian Jews reside in New York City, settled into close-knit communities and existing as a quintessential American immigrant group. For Bukharian immigrants, music is an essential part of their communal self-definition, and musicians frequently act as cultural representatives for the group as a whole. Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York explores the circumstances facing new American immigrants, using the music of the Bukharian Jews to gain entrance into their community and their culture. Author Evan Rapport investigates the transformation of Bukharian identity through an examination of corresponding changes in its music, focusing on three of these distinct but overlapping repertoires - maquom (classical or "heavy" music), Jewish religious music and popular music. Drawing upon interviews, participant observation and music lessons, Rapport interprets the personal perspectives of musicians who serve as community leaders and representatives. By adapting strategies acquired as an ethno-religious minority among Central Asian Muslim neighbors, Bukharian musicians have adjusted their musical repertoire in their new American home. The result is the creation of a distinct Bukharian Jewish American identity-their musical activities are changing the city's cultural landscape while at the same time providing for an understanding of the cultural implications of Bukharian diaspora. Greeted with Smiles is sure to be an essential text for ethnomusicologists and scholars of Jewish and Central Asian music and culture, Jewish-Muslim interaction and diasporic communities.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents ; List of Figures and Transcribed Music Examples ; List of Audio Music Examples ; Note on Transliteration and Translation ; Selected Biographical Sketches ; Introduction ; 1. Performing Bukharian Jewish History: Ilyos Mallayev's Play Levicha Hofiz ; Remembering Old Bukhara ; Vestiges of Soviet Central Asia in Levicha Hofiz ; Levicha Hofiz and New York ; 2. Adapting Bukharian Jewish Musical Life to Multicultural New York ; From Melting Pot to Mosaic Ideologies among Jewish Americans ; Jewish Multiculturalism and Bukharian Jews ; Ethnic Music in Multicultural New York ; 3. Maqom: Bukharian Jewish Classical Music ; Defining the Maqom Repertoire ; Canonical Shashmaqom Editions and National Questions ; Maqom on the World Music Stage ; Maqom and Intercultural Encounters between Jews and Muslims ; Maqom and Intracultural Jewish Encounters ; The State of Maqom Transmission in New York ; Updating the Classical Repertoire ; 4. Religious Repertoire: "Like Mushrooms After the Rain" ; Defining the Religious Repertoire ; Toward Jewish Centers ; Toward Bukharian Jewish Distinctiveness ; Bukharian Diasporic Consciousness: Combining Senses of Belonging and Otherness ; Religious Repertoire as Bukharian Ethnic Music ; 5. Party Music: Expressing Cosmopolitanism ; Defining the Party Repertoire ; Cosmopolitanism and Bukharian Jewish Identity ; A Generational Crossroads ; 6. Ziyorat ; Glossary ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Discography

About the Author

Evan Rapport is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Eugene Lang College and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His interests include American music, Jewish musical life, intersections of composition and improvisation, music and poetry of Iran and Central Asia, and issues of ethnicity, race, and representation. He has published on subjects as wide ranging as punk rock's relationship to the blues, arrangements of George Gershwin's concert works, the idea of "ethnic music" in New York, and rap music. He is also a performing saxophonist.


Greeted With Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York offers the reader an engaging account of the rich musical life of the Bukharian Jews in New York City. It is the only scholarly monograph in English on Bukharian Jewish music and musicians and it adds to the small body of writings about the rich musical tradition of the Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union. - Amenah Youssefzadeh, author of Les bardes du Khorassan iranien: le bakhshi et son repertoire Rapport explores three major musical repertoires of contemporary groups: "ethnic" music, religious music, and party music ... Recommended. * L. De Danaan, CHOICE * Evan Rapport's study of the arrival of cosmopolitan Bukharian musicians to New York City is gracefully written and deeply musical. It will bring a smile to any reader's face. * Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, Harvard University *

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