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Musiké's purpose is to research, recover, document and conserve the world’s ethnomusicological heritage and to disseminate it across a wide audience by means of concerts, books, CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, periodicals and web sites dedicated to the subject. It provides a vibrant contribution to culture as a means of individual and collective development and a better appreciation of cultural diversity and tolerance among communities and peoples.

Musics, rhythms, styles, structures, rites, transcripts, interviews, pictures, films, reflections, intuitions, thoughts and visions on ethnic, world, root, traditional and classical music are the focus of the project.

The Musiké Project is an assignment of the Spanda Foundation under the Culture-Education-Research programmes.
Spanda Foundation is a nonprofit transnational NGO for development based in The Hague, The Netherlands, with the mission to catalyze sustainable long-term systemic change in culture, education, health, economics and research for the attainment of a higher individual and collective state of consciousness and the advancement of peace, knowledge and understanding.
Spanda is an organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

B O A R D   O F   P A T R O N S

The moral patronage of the Musiké project is entrusted by a Board of Patrons currently being drawn up and consisting in established members of society who subscribe to the ideas and practices of the Project and support it morally. Current members of the Board are:


I N T E R N A T I O N A L  S C I E N T I F I C  A N D   C U L T U R A L

A D V I S O R Y   B O A R D

The ethnomusicological line of Musiké is guaranteed by a Scientific and Cultural Advisory Board currently being drawn up, composed of influential international exponents of the cultural and academic world. Current members of the Panel are:

LAURENT AUBERT    Director, Ateliers d’Ethnomusicologie; Curator, Dept. of Ethnomusicology, Musée d’ethnographie, Geneva, Switzerland.

GREGORY BARZ     Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Antrhropology, and Religion, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA.

JOEP BOR    Professor of Extra European Performing Arts Studies, Leiden University (NL); and Director, Codarts Research, Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, The Netherlands.

MASSIO BRAY    Editorial Director, Treccani, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana, Rome, Italy.

CHARTWELL DUTIRO     Composer, musician, singer and ethnomusicologist. Founder and director of Mhararano Mbira Academy, Totnes Devon, UK.

KUDSI ERGÜNER    Composer, musician, Paris, France.

SCHEHERAZADE HASSAN    Research associate, Dept. of Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK; Chair, «Study group for the Music of the Arab world», ICTM.

KEITH HOWARD    Director, AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance; Professor, Dept. of Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.

NAZIR A. JAIRAZBHOY    Professor Emeritus, Ethnomusicology Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.

KAORU KAKIZAKAI   Musician; Lecturer at the Tokyo College of Music; President of the International Shakuhachi Kenshu-kan Chicibu School and Nerima School, Tokyo, Japan.

JAMES KIPPEN     Head, Dept. of Ethnomusicology, University of Toronto, Canada.

TON KOOPMAN     Conductor, musicologist, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

PETER L. MANUEL    Professor of Ethnomusicology, John Jay College and The Graduate Cetnter, City University of New York, USA.

BRUNO NETTL    Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, School of Music, University of Illinois, USA.

J.H. KWABENA NKETIA    Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, University of Ghana, Accra; Professor of Music, UCLA, Los ageles, USA.

JORDI SAVALL     Musician, conductor and composer, Bellaterra, Spain.

JOHN M. SCHECHTER    Professor Emeritus of Music, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), USA.

TRAN QUANG HAI    Dept. of Ethnomusicology, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France.

SARAH WEISS     Associate Professor of Music, Yale University, New Haven, USA.

Musiké is not aimed solely at anthropologists, ethnomusicologists and sociologists but also and primarily towards musicians, connoisseurs, students and music lovers in general. This is a wide spectrum project with an accurate and natural balance between educational values and musical enjoyment.

Musiké is structured along intercultural lines and incorporates four areas of activity, or 'movements' in musical terms: Concerts ~ Multimedia publications ~ Periodicals and Web sites.

Concert performances are held in concert halls and other appointed locations, at festivals and at related international meetings. Live video and digital recordings of the events, incorporating interviews with composers, musicians and performers are used for the production of the multimedia series. Concerts are envisaged whose proceeds will go to humanitarian and charitable organisations and research.

The theme of the first cycle of concerts will be organological. By means of a comparative methodology it will contrast the different instruments from within the same family – each with its own scales, notation, structure, repertoire, spatial and temporal conceptions, aesthetics, peculiarities and symbology – and, by the same token, will disclose, bring to light and portray the cultures lying behind their individual expression. A comparison of instruments but also a collation of different cultures.

The multimedia series The Wings of Music is composed of printed works containing a DVD. The individual volumes cover authors, aspects and issues of ethic and traditional music, but are not limited to those presented in the concert events sector. The series enables a more detailed examination of the themes and an in-depth analysis of the specifics, similarities and differences between the individual musical worlds.

The periodical

Musiké. International Journal of  Ethnomusicological Studies
Four-monthly peer-reviewed journal [210 x150mm, pp. 160], (ISSN 1824-7199).

Submission Guidelines


[1, I, 1]
  ~   Music & Ritual, ed. Keith Howard

Keith Howard and Yarjung Kromchai ~ Tamu with Simon Mills, Ritual, Music and Life in Tamu Shamanism

Carole Pegg, Tuning in to Place: Emergent Personhood in a Multi-sensory Khakas Shamanic Ritual

Byron Dueck, 'Suddenly a Sense of Being a Community': Aboriginal Square Dancing and the Experience of Collectivity

Diane Thram, Music and Healing: Sites of Power in the Rituals of Xhosa healers/Diviners and the Zion Church in South Africa

Mark Hobart, Damp Dreams: Some Problems with Dance in Bali

Margaret Kartomi, Aceh's Body Percussion; From Ritual Devotional to Global Niveau

Cheng Yu, China's Xi'an Guye: Ritual and Performance Contexts

Lam Ching-Wah, Recreating music and Dance in Confucian Rituals

Tony Langlois, Representations of Ritual in Moroccan Music Video

Anne Caufriez, Female Poliphony and Ritual for Cereal Growth in North Portugal

With CD ~ € 25 | £ 18 | $ 32


[2, I, 2] 
~  Sounds of Identity. The Music of the Afro-Asians, ed. Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya

Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, From Sufi Shrines to the World Stage: Sidi African Indian Music, Intervention and the Quest for 'Authenticity'

Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya, Music and Memories: Oral Traditions from and Indian Ocean Island

Aisha Bilkhair Khalifa, Spirit Possession and its Practices in Dubai (UAE)

Leila Ingrams, African Connections in Yemeni Music

Gaila Sabar ~ Shlomit Kanari, Between the Local and the Global: African Musicians in Israel

Ali Jihad Racy, The Life History of the Lyre: The Tanburah of the Gulf Region

€ 25 | £ 18 | $ 32


[3, II, 1]  ~  Networks & Islands. World Music & Dance Education, ed. Ninja Kors

Ninja Kors, Islands, Networks and Webs: Current Issues in Today's Debate

Huib Schippers, A Synergy of Contradictions: The Genesis of a World Music & Dance Centre

Keith Howard, Performing Ethnomusicology: Exploring How Teaching Performance Undermines the Ethnomusicologist Within University Music Training

Patrica Campbell, Ethnomusicology, Education and World Music Pedagogy: Across the Pond

Mark Slobin, The Wesleyan Way: World Music in an American Academic Structure

Michelle Boss Barba ~ Amanda Soto, Enriching or Endangering: Exploring the Positive and Negative Effects of Recontextualizing Mariachi Music for Use in K-12 Schools

Lee Higgins, Participation, the Workshop, and the Welcome

Laurien Saraber, Negotiating Dutch Dance: The Changing Landscape of Dance in The Netherlands

€ 25 | £ 18 | $ 32


[4, II, 2] 
~ Analysing East Asian Music. Patterns of Rhythm and Melody, ed. Simon MIlls

Jane Alaszewska, Two Different Beats to a Single Drum: An Analysis of Old and New Stiles of Hachijô-daiko

Stephen Jones, Living Early Composition: An Apppreciationj of Chinese Shawn Melody

Eleni Kallimopoulou ~ Federico Spinetti, An Analysis of the Uyghur on Ikki Muqam: Aspects of Melody and Form in the Segha Suite

Simon Mills, Playful Patterns of Freedom: Hand Gong Performance in Korean Shaman Ritual

With DVD ~ € 25 | £ 18 | $ 32


[5/6, III, 1]  ~ Sacred Singing and Musical Sprituality,
eds. Ian Russell and Frances Wilkins

Fiorella Montero Diaz, Danza de Tjeras through Modernity and Migration.

Nicholas Ng, ‘I love the starry sky at night-time’: Singing and Signing in the Buddha’s Light International Association, Sydney.

Richard Widdess, Dapa: Dancing Gods, Virtual Pilgrimage and Sacred Singing in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Davide Torri, Shamanic Traditions and Music Among the Yolmos of Nepal.

Simone Tarsitani, Melodic Analysis of the Performance of Islamic Hymns in Harar, Ethiopia.

Emmanula Kavvadia, Aspects of Stylistic and Musical Diversity in Religious Music in two Jewish Communities in Greece.

Marin Marian-Balasa, The Musical Experience of the Sacred and the Concept of Hierophony.

Mary Low, Singing Prayers in Secret: The Gaelic Hymn Rann Roimh Urnaigh (rune before prayer) and its Introductory Note.

Ian Russell, Between the Sacred and the Secular: Vernacular Performance in a North-East Scottish Coastal Community.

Frances Wilkins, Percenter-led Praise in Northern Scottish Congregations.

Sara M. Ross, How Does one Sing to a God who isn’t the Lord? Sacred Singing in American-Jewish Feminism.

€ 25 | £ 18 | $ 32

The journal is distributed worldwide through libraries, bookshops, specialist music shops, and by subsciption to individual and academic institutions, ethnomusicological and anthropological archives, or can be from us.
The on-line version (ISSN 1824-7180) will be available soon at the Musiké web site, together with all data in the series subject to amendment (biographies, bibliographies, discographies, etc.) regularly updated.




TIMELINE    2006-2025

Last updated: 15.09.2014

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