The countries of Asia have a long history of classical music styles as well as current popular music genres. Perhaps the most complex is India, which has distinct classical traditions, divided mainly into North and South (Carnatic) traditions. India is also famous for extravagant musical films, known as "Bollywood."
The Global Music Series books include a CD of examples.
Gamelan, sacred percussion music of Bali, Indonesia.
Asia encompasses a vast and varied area with many musical cultures.
China has a rich and diverse musical tradition, including opera, folk music, and modern popular music.
Korea has also embraced popular music, in a genre known as K-Pop, while not fogetting its varied musical culture. The most well-known traditional style is the flamboyant drumming called Púngmul.
The Music of Japan has inspired Western composers, and continues to evolve in the Twenty-First century. Popular music (J-Pop) is heavily influenced by American popular music, but some performers, such as the kitar-playing Yoshida Brothers, have blended traditional and modern styles.
|Indonesia and Bali are best known for music of the gamelan, considered one instrument, but made up of many tuned metal drums. The gamelan has fascinated and inspired many European and American composers, from Debussy to Steve Reich.|
DVDs in the Educational Technology & Resources Collection:
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This film belongs to the Pleasing God series of films about how Hindus worship. Serpent Mother is about devotion to the Goddess of Snakes and the importance of divine female power in West Bengal Indian life.
Jathilan is a religious dance that uses the power of music and dance to channel powerful and sometimes terrifying forces.
Turkish minstrels, called Ashiks, sing stories and poems, accompanying themselves on an instrument called a saz. Their music and tales fill a vital role in traditional Anatolian society.
Musafir is the name given to a group of folk musicians from different castes and religions in Rajasthan, India.
Are'are Muisc (part 1 and Part 2)
This film shows the making, tuning, and playing of panpies, wind instruments made from bamboo, made and used by the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands.
Amir Mohammad, from Herat,Afghanistan, was a refugee in the mid 1970s, playing resistance songs and making a living as a professional musician in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Pondo-speaking villagers of Papua New Guinea's Lake Chambri region use music, art, and legend to characterize personalities and powers of spirits.
The Pasta'ay is a significant ritual held every two years by the Saisai group of Taiwain, structured by special songs, and in the tenth year they celebrate a Great Ritual devoted to legendary little people.
Music and traditional tales present a rich background of Paiwan life in Taiwan.