The Traditional Mbira on Stage: A Study of Contemporary Performance Practices

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193409
Title:
The Traditional Mbira on Stage: A Study of Contemporary Performance Practices
Author:
Pickard, Mackenzie Erin
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This thesis explores the challenges (visual, aural, ethical, and spiritual) performers face when playing mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional Zimbabwean musical lamellophone, in a contemporary concert stage setting. In addition to examining historical, philosophical, and theoretical issues regarding changing performance practice and staging techniques in different contexts, the document includes analyses of mbira performances from internet video postings and documentary films. Analysis draws upon the personal testimonies of Zimbabwean musicians and involves the critique and application of theoretical perspectives of Adrienne Kaeppler, Richard Schechner, and Erving Goffman, among others. Results indicate that experimenting with stage set-up, utilizing technological enhancement, and encouraging audience-performer relationships creates an experience that is closer to that found in Zimbabwean mbira performances.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
mbira; mbira dzavadzimu; performance frame; performance practice
Degree Name:
M.M.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Music; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Sturman, Janet L.
Committee Chair:
Sturman, Janet L.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Traditional Mbira on Stage: A Study of Contemporary Performance Practicesen_US
dc.creatorPickard, Mackenzie Erinen_US
dc.contributor.authorPickard, Mackenzie Erinen_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the challenges (visual, aural, ethical, and spiritual) performers face when playing mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional Zimbabwean musical lamellophone, in a contemporary concert stage setting. In addition to examining historical, philosophical, and theoretical issues regarding changing performance practice and staging techniques in different contexts, the document includes analyses of mbira performances from internet video postings and documentary films. Analysis draws upon the personal testimonies of Zimbabwean musicians and involves the critique and application of theoretical perspectives of Adrienne Kaeppler, Richard Schechner, and Erving Goffman, among others. Results indicate that experimenting with stage set-up, utilizing technological enhancement, and encouraging audience-performer relationships creates an experience that is closer to that found in Zimbabwean mbira performances.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectmbiraen_US
dc.subjectmbira dzavadzimuen_US
dc.subjectperformance frameen_US
dc.subjectperformance practiceen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.M.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSturman, Janet L.en_US
dc.contributor.chairSturman, Janet L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosenblatt, Jayen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberd'Almeida, Ireneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest11228en_US
dc.identifier.oclc752261073en_US
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