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William Lane is currently researching practical methods and designs for engagement in productive and interesting intercultural collaborations in the arts, particularly music. This list of resources is intended for those interested in the field, and the list is currently being added to. It bridges the disciplines of (ethno)musicology, interdisciplinary arts, anthropology, cultural studies and post-colonial theory. It raises important questions related to hybridity, globalization and the arts.

 The bibliographical method is slightly inconsistent, but will be rectified over time. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but as a tool for those engaging in intercultural work. Where lists of resources are best accessed online, a link has been added. There are different sections for:


1. Books/ Scholarly Articles

2. Web resources- articles

3. Web resources- reading lists

4. Web resources- links

5. Online Journals

6. Other on-line resources/ Intercultural projects

7. Conference Papers (available on request)


1. People/ Organizations

2. Funding Bodies


For those with contributions please email William at


An Introduction to intercultural music

Excerpt from the "Introduction" to Intercultural Music Volume 1 ed. by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin and Akin Euba. 1995:2-5

It would be useful here to attempt a broader definition of interculturalism. Intercultural music is that in which elements from two or more cultures are integrated. The composer of this music usually belongs to one of the cultures from which the elements are derived, but this does not necessarily have to be the case. Indeed, this type of intercultural activity is thematic, being inherent in the music itself and , therefore, the origin of the composer is irrelevant to the definition. There is another type of intercultural creative activity in which the origin of the composer is the determining factor. A composer writing in an idiom acquired from a culture other than his or her own is involved in an intercultural activity, even though the music that he or she produces is not necessarily intercultural. For example, when an African composer writes a fugue in the style of Bach, in which he or she makes no use of African resources, intercultural activity takes place but the music itself is not intercultural…


Intercultural music includes all types of musics: the traditional and contemporary, popular and art, and range from those musics with mass appeal to the very esoteric. In view of the nature of intercultural music and the fact that we want each article to be judged on its own merit, we are concerned about terms referring to musics of particular cultures as 'music of Third World countries' or 'ethnic music' which tend to imply a schism that simply does not exist. Unfortunately the idea of separateness of marginalization still persists whenever these terms are used because they create a dual tier system. If they music be used, it should be done with caution, to clarify a point or in specific contexts. Thus, we felt compelled to delete these terms unless they promoted greater understanding of the author's particular perspective.

Read the full excerpt here


1.    Books and Scholarly Articles

Brown, John. Arts Diplomacy: The Neglected Aspect of Cultural Diplomacy. America's Dialogue with the World. William P. Kiehl, ed. Washington: Public Diplomacy Council, 2006. 

Chanda, Nayan; Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization;

Euba, Akin; "African Drums in Symphony Hall: Village Signals in Intercontinental Encounters". In New Pastoral . Edited by John Kinsella and Susan Stewart, Tri Quarterly 116. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2003.

Euba, Akin; "Intercultural Music in Africa and Latin America: A Comparative View of Fela Sowande and Carlos Chavez". In Musical Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects Past and Present. Edited by Steven Loza. Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology 9. Los Angeles: Ethnomusicology Publications, UCLA Department of Music, 2003.

Euba, Akin; "Text Setting in African Composition". In The Landscape of African Music . Edited by Kofi Agawu. A special issue of Research in African Literatures 32/2, 2001.

Euba, Akin; "Concepts of Neo-African Music as Manifested in the Yoruba Folk Opera". In The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective . Edited by Ingrid monson. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.

Euba, Akin; "African Traditional Musical Instruments in Neo-African Idioms and Contexts". In Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music . Edited by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje. Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1999.

Euba, Akin; Essays on Music in Africa 2 : Intercultural Perspectives. Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies Series, 1989.

Mackey, Eva; The House of Difference: Cultural Politics and National Identity in Canada

Said, Edward; Beyond Orientalism;

Taylor, Timothy; Beyond Exoticism


2. Web resources- articles

Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, Cynthia Tse and Akin Euba, eds; "Introduction" to Intercultural Music Volume 1. 1995:2-5;

Ränder, Turbulente; Neue Perspektiven auf Migration an den Grenzen Europas (chapter sample)


3. Web resources- reading lists

Chinese music studies- including classical, popular, hybrid and cultural theory about the arts in China:


4. Web resources- links

The Society for Ethnomusicology (USA) (including links to related organizations, funding sources, institutions and online journals:


5. Online Journals

Asia-Europe Journal, the quarterly research-based periodical of ASEF is one of the foundation’s flagship projects and a premier peer-reviewed publication. The journal is devoted to publish interdisciplinary and intercultural studies and research between Asia and Europe in the social sciences and humanities.

Hong Kong Asia Society Journal

Music and Anthropology

Kurlutren in Bewegung (Cultures in Motion/Transition); Goethe-Institut journal (in german and english)

Notations21- Anthology of Innovative Musical Notation.

Transcultural Music Review (TRANS) : An ethnomusicological online journal which explores all kinds of music from transcultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. It includes texts about general, critical and feminist (ethno)musicology, studies about popular music, musical aesthetics, cognitive (ethno)musicology, etc. A particular interest of the review are contributions about music of the Iberic Peninsula and of the Iberoamerican countries.


6. Other on-line resources/ Intercultural projects

Sandeep Bhagwati: Interview about collaboration with Indian musicians and Ensemble Modern.

Amelia Cuni: Intercultural projects with Terry Riley, Francis Silkstone and her own intercultural compositions. Recording of John Cage's 18 microtonal ragas from his SONG BOOKS (1970)

Augsburg Interkultureller Stadtplan; In Augsburg ist die Welt zu Hause. About Augsburg in Germany and its intercultural strategies for the city.

Opportunities and limitations - exchanges and points of view 

Some considerations on the occasion of the opening of the Pro Helvetia liaison office in India.

A dance collaboration between Australia and Taiwan

The Bow Project (South Africa) invites composers to transcribe one of Nofinishi Dywili's performances of a traditional uhadi bow song, arrange it for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, and compose a paraphrase or reimagining of the music for string quartet alone.

William Powell, Sampradaya Lecture: The Adaptation of the Clarinet in Carnatic Music


7. Conference Papers (available by request)

Akin Euba:

"Neo-African Church Music: Continuity and Change in African Traditional Music in the Twentieth Century", keynote address at a Symposium on African Music in the Church, Azusa Pacific University, California, 2004.

"Halim El-Dabh and African Pianism", at the conference of the Society for American Music, 2004.

"Modern Music and the African Aesthetic", at the 8th Biennial International Symposium and Festival of the Centre for Intercultural Music Arts, Institute of Education, University of London, 2004.

"Post-Diasporic Homecomings: Myth or Possibility?" (with John Baldacchino), at the 2nd biennial international symposium and festival on the theme "Composition in Africa and the Diaspora", at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, 2003.

"Orunmila's Voices: Yoruba Ritual Arts in Modern Composition - A Process of Secularization", at an International Symposium on the Music of Africa, Princeton University, 2003.

"Theory, Scholarship, Myth and Mysticism: Sources of My Creativity", at the 7th Biennial International Symposium and Festival of the Centre for Intercultural Music Arts, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, 2002.

"J.H. Kwabena Nketia and the African Avant-garde", at the 1st Biennial International Symposium and Festival on "Composition in Africa and the Diaspora", Churchill College, University of Cambridge, 2001.

"Is Ethnomusicology Relevant in the Twentyfirst Century?", at the 6th biennial International Symposium and Festival of the Centre for Intercultural Music Arts, Institute of Education, University of London, 2000.




1. People/ Organizations

For individuals William Lane and Grenzenlos are working with in this field, please view and click on ‘links’

Links to most classical contemporary composers, performers, journals, music information centres on the web:

Music Centres (Global) and follow link to ‘Music Information Centres’

New Music University Departments and Institutes: and follow the link to ‘Facilities, Studios, Departments’

Composers/ New York ensembles/ Collectives in NYC/ New York new music calendar:

Asian Cultural Council

Asian Culture Link

Asian Music Circuit

Blue Pipa

Casa Asia, Spain is a resource documenting the work of international artists, performers and promoters who have been active in Europe within the last ten years. artists from geographical regions as diverse as asia, africa, latin america, middle east, central and eastern europe are featured on this database. this includes international contemporary artists who are involved and engaged in cultural exchange.

Genesis at the Crossroads

Genesis at the Crossroads is a 501 (c) (3) Chicago-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to bridging cultures in conflict through the arts and creating innovative arts-education programs around the world.

Global Interplay

"...focuses on young composers from five cultures – european, american, west african, arabian and chinese - having different musical traditions. the goal of 'global interplay' is to challenge artists to take a conscious position within their culture and society, and to inspire a lively discourse on contemporary artistic production and composition between various cultures of the world."

International Centre of Asian Arts, Singapore

Karnaticlab, Netherlands

New England Conservatory Intercultural Institute

Orka-M, India

The School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London

Projecte Internacional d'Influències Musicals, Spain

World Music Institute, New York.


2. Funding Bodies

Soon Coming 

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