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Dr. Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Switzerland. The founder and director of Norient, he published the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut (Routledge) and co-edited The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity (Wesleyan University Press), Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World (Norient) and Out of the Absurdity of Life – Globale Musik (Norient/Traversion). He works as a researcher and project leader at the University of Basel and the University of Arts Bern (HKB), financed by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF). As the director of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, a documentary filmmaker and audio-visual performer, he places emphasis on transdisciplinary approaches between theory and practice.

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6 responses to “The Arab Avant-Garde – Music, Politics, Modernity”

  1. […] The co-edited book is finally out! Ten articles about new musical positions in the Arab World. Order the book via Wesleyan University Press, Amazon or via your local bookstore.  […]

  2. […] Burkhalter, Thomas, Kay Dickinson, and Benjamin J. Harbert. 2013. The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics and Modernity. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press. (Link) […]

  3. […] The Arab Avant-Garde – Music, Politics, Modernity – Norient http://norient.com/The co-edited book is finally out! Ten articles about new musical positions in the Arab World. […]

  4. […] Thomas, Kay Dickinson, Ben Harbert (Herausgeber). 2013. The Arab Avant Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East. Middletown: Wesleyan University […]

  5. […] spent a lot of time with musicians and sound artists in Beirut [see books on Beirut and «Arab Avantgarde», and the Norient LP]. In more leftist circles in Europe they are often seen as victims of world […]

  6. […] Burkhalter from Norient published the following two books about Beirut and the Arab World: «The Arab Avant-Garde – Music, Politics, Modernity» and «Local Music Scenes and Globalization – Transnational Platforms in Beirut». And Norient […]