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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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