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Thomas Burkhalter, an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Bern (Switzerland), is the founder and editor-in-chief of Norient – Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture. He published the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut with Routledge (2013) and co-edited the book The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity with Kay Dickinson and Benjamin J. Harbert with Wesleyan University Press (November 2013). As an academic, journalist (radio, print, and online in Switzerland and Germany), organizer of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, artist (e.g. audio-visual performance “Sonic Traces: From Switzerland”), documentary filmmaker (Sound Translations), he places great 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 […]