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Dr Laudan Nooshin

Reader in Ethnomusicology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Music

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About

Background

Laudan Nooshin gained her BA in Music from the University of Leeds and her MMus in Ethnomusicology from Goldsmiths' College (University of London), where she also taught between 1987 and 1991. Her PhD (Goldsmiths' College, 1996) was a study of creative performance in Iranian classical music. Prior to joining City in 2004, she taught in the Department of Performing Arts at Brunel University, where she was Course Director for Music from 2001-2004.

Laudan is an active researcher and recent publications include the monograph Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity (Ashgate Press, 2015), which was recently awarded the 2016 British Forum for Ethnomusicology Book prize, and the edited volumes Music and the Play of Power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (2009, Ashgate Press) and The Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music (2014, Routledge), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Between 2007 and 2011, Laudan was co-Editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum and she is currently on the Editorial Boards of Ethnomusicology Forum (Routledge) and the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Brill). She is an elected member of Council and a Trustee of the Royal Musical Association and a member of the RMA Roche Prize Committee; a member of the Institute of Musical Research Advisory Board; and since October 2015 a member of the QAA Benchmarking Statement Review Panel for Music. Since 2007, Laudan has convened the twice yearly Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum.

Previous roles include serving on the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Alan Merriam Prize Committee (2013), an elected committee member of the National Association for Music in Higher Education (2008-2011) and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (2006-2009). Laudan has several terms as committee member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and convened a number of conferences for this organisation.

Laudan regularly writes feature articles and reviews CDs of Iranian music for Songlines: The World Music Magazine and is often contacted for advice and information on Iranian music and invited to speak about her research. In 2011, she initiated and led the Shahnameh Project in collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Community and Education Department, the Bridge Project, composer David Bruce and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton. The project introduced Key Stage 2 children to Iranian music and culture through a series of workshops, concerts, teacher training INSET days and a published teacher’s guide. This project became the core of an impact case study submitted by City University for REF2014. More recently, the piece Prince Zal and the Simorgh that was commissioned for this project was performed by the Cornwall Youth Orchestra at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham (July 2015) and at the Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London in November 2015, the latter involving City University’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.

A great believer in extending students' horizons, in June 2008 Laudan organised an educational trip to Iran for 6 students from the Music Department at City, funded by the City University Alumni Association. See pictures from the 2008 trip to Iran.

Research

Laudan Nooshin is an active researcher working in the broad fields of ethnomusicology and popular music studies, with a particular focus on the musics of Iran and the Middle East. Her research interests include:

- Creative processes in music, with particular reference to Iranian classical music
- Music and power: globalisation, post/neo-colonialism, orientalism and the politics of representation
- Contemporary developments in Iranian traditional and popular musics
- Music and youth culture in Iran
- Music and global media; digital cultures, with a particular focus on Iranian cyberspace
- Music and migration; music and cultural identity; music and memory
- Music and gender, with particular reference contemporary women musicians in Iran
- Music in Iranian cinema
- Urban ethnomusicology, with a focus on the intersection of ethnomusicology and urban sound studies
- Iran and the Middle East in the Euro-American musical ‘imagination’
- The ethnomusicology of Euro-American art music

Possible areas of research supervision

- Middle Eastern musics
- Contemporary developments in Iranian music
- Iranian popular musics
- Music, power and ideology
- Music and global media
- Music and globalisation
- Music and the politics of cultural representation
- Ethnicity, identity and music
- Music and gender
- Music in Iranian cinema
- Urban ethnomusicology
- The ethnomusicology of Euro-American art music

Publications

  • Nooshin, L. (2015). Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity. Asghate: Ashgate Press. ISBN: 0 7546 0703 8.

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  • Journal Article (13)

    1. Nooshin, L. (2013). Beyond the Radif: New Forms of Improvisational Practice in Iranian Music. Music Theory Online, 19(2).

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    2. Nooshin, L. (2011). Introduction to the Special Issue: The Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music. Ethnomusicology Forum, 20(3), 285-300. doi: 10.1080/17411912.2011.659439
    3. Brown, K.B. and Nooshin, L. (2007). Twentieth-Century Music: Editorial. Twentieth-Century Music, 3(1), 3-3. doi: 10.1017/S1478572207009024
    4. Brown, K. and Nooshin, L. (2007). ‘The Social Liminality of Musicians’. Special issue of the journal twentieth-century music, 3(1).
    5. Nooshin, L. and Widdess, R. (2006). Improvisation in Iranian and Indian Music. Journal of the Indian Musicological Society, 36/37, 104-119.
    6. Nooshin, L. (2005). Underground, Overground: Rock Music and Youth Discourses in Iran. Iranian Studies (Special Issue: Music and Society in Iran), 38(3), 463-494.
    7. Nooshin, L. (2004). Circumnavigation with a Difference? Music, Representation and the Disney Experience: It's a Small, Small World. Ethnomusicology Forum, 13(2), 236-251.

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    8. Nooshin, L. (2003). Improvisation as "other": Creativity, knowledge and power - The case of Iranian classical music. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 128, 242-296.

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    9. Nooshin, L. (2002). Ethnomusicology, Alterity and Disciplinary Identity. Or “Do We Still Need an Ethno-?”, “Do We Still Need an Ology?”. British Forum for Ethnomusicology Newsletter, 23, 17-20.
    10. Nooshin, L. (1999). Review of Music and Song in Persia. The Art of Avaz by Lloyd Clifton Miller (1999,Curzon Press). British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 8, 125-128.

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    11. Nooshin, L. (1998). The Song of the Nightingale: Processes of Improvisation in Dastgah Segah (Iranian Classical Music). British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 7, 69-116.

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    12. Nooshin, L. (1992). ‘Review of The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music by Hormoz Farhat (1990, Cambridge University Press)’. The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. LV(Part 2), 338-340.

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    13. Nooshin, L. (1989). The Nature of the Radif and its Re-Creation in the Performance of Persian Classical Music. The Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM UK), 24, 18-37.

    Book (3)

    1. Nooshin, L. (2015). The Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music. London: Routledge.

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    2. Nooshin, L. (2015). Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity. Asghate: Ashgate Press. ISBN: 0 7546 0703 8.

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    3. Nooshin, L. (2009). Music and the play of power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Ashgate Press. ISBN: 0754634574.

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    Chapter (13)

    1. Nooshin, L. (2016). "Discourses of Religiosity in Post-1997 Iranian Popular Music". Van Nieuwkerk, K., Levine, M. and Stokes, M. (Ed.), Islam and Popular Culture (pp. 242-257) Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN: 1477309047.
    2. Nooshin, L. (2016). Jazz and its Social Meanings in Iran: From Cultural Colonialism to the Universal. Bohlman, P., Goffredo, P. and Jackson, T. (Ed.), Jazz Worlds/World Jazz Chicago University Press.
    3. Nooshin, L. (2014). Two Revivalist Moments in Iranian Classical Music. Bithell, C. and Hill, J. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0199765030. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199765034.013.016
    4. Nooshin, L. (2014). 'Introduction to the Special Issue: The Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music'. Nooshin, L. (Ed.), The Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music Rouledge.

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    5. Nooshin, L. (2011). Hip-hop Tehran: Migrating Styles, Musical Meanings, Marginalised Voices. Toynbee, J. and Dueck, B. (Ed.), Migrating Music (pp. 92-111) Routledge. ISBN: 0415594480.
    6. Nooshin, L. (2009). Prelude: Power and the Play of Music. Nooshin, L. (Ed.), Music and the play of power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (pp. 1-31) Ashgate Press. ISBN: 0754634574.

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    7. Nooshin, L. (2009). "Tomorrow is Ours": Re-imagining Nation, Performing Youth in the New Iranian Pop Music. Nooshin, L. (Ed.), Music and the play of power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (pp. 245-268) Ashgate Press. ISBN: 0754634574.

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    8. Nooshin, L. (2008). The Language of Rock: Iranian Youth, Popular Music, and National Identity. Semati, M. (Ed.), Media, culture and society in Iran (pp. ) Routlege Press. ISBN: 0415772168.
    9. Nooshin, L. (2008). 'Ethnomusicology, Alterity and Disciplinary Identity. Or "Do We Still Need an Ethno-?", "Do We Still Need an -Ology?". Stobart, H. (Ed.), The new (ethno)musicologies (pp. 71-75) Scarecrow Press.
    10. Nooshin, L. (2006). ‘Iran: The Art of Ornament’. Broughton, S. and et al., (Ed.), The Rough Guide to World Music, Africa & Middle East, 3rd edition (pp. 519-532) London: Rough Guides.
    11. Nooshin, L. (2005). 'Subversion and Countersubversion: Power, Control and Meaning in the New Iranian Pop Music. Randall, A.J. (Ed.), Music, power, and politics (pp. 231-272) Psychology Press. ISBN: 0415943647.
    12. Nooshin, L. (2003). Iranian Music. (Ed.), The World and Its People London: Brown Reference Group.
    13. Nooshin, L. (2001). Biographical entries on six Iranian musicians: ‘Nur Ali Borumand’, ‘Ali Naqi Vaziri’, ‘Hossein Alizadeh’, ‘Dariush Talai’, ‘Mohammad Reza Shajarian’ and ‘Mohammad Reza Lotfi’. Sadie, S. and Tyrrell, J. (Ed.), The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians 

    Conference (4)

    1. Nooshin, L. 'Happy Families? Convergence, Antagonism and Disciplinary Identities or "We’re all God knows what now" (Cook 2016)'. City Debate, 'Are we all Ethnomusicologists now?', 01 Jun 2016, City University London.

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    2. Nooshin, L. '"Hide and Seek: The Internet as an Alternative Public Space for Iran’s "Hidden" Musicians'. The Hidden Musicians Revisited Conference, 11 Jan 2016, Music Department, The Open University.
    3. Nooshin, L. 'Whose Alternative Public Space? Gender Dimensions of Music on the Internet in Iran'. British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, 14 Apr 2016, University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art.
    4. Nooshin, L. Re-Imagining Difference: Musical Analysis, Alterity and the Creative Process. Analysis, Cognition and Ethnomusicology’ Third International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2014)/Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE 2014), 01 Jul 2014, London.

    Thesis/Dissertation (1)

    1. Nooshin, L. The Processes of Creation and Re-creation in Persian Classical Music. (PhD Thesis).

    Other Activities

    Keynote Lectures/Speeches (3)

    • Keynote Speech: ‘Community of Catharsis: Cyberspace as Field Site', 15 Mar 2016, University of Helsinki. ‘100 Years of Musicological Scholarship in Finland. '100 Years of Musicological Scholarship in Finland. Celebration Symposium’, Joint conference of the Finnish Musicological Society and the Finnish Ethnomusicological Society, University of Helsinki, Finland.
    • ‘Persian Classical Music’, Feb 1993, Horniman Museum, London. The 1993 Friends of Horniman Public Lecture
    • ‘Islam, Modernity and Nationhood: Music and the Play of Identities in Post-Revolutionary Iran’, Nov 2004, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. talk presented as part of the Public Lecture Series Ethnomusicological Studies of Muslim Societies

    Editorial Activities (1)

    • Journal Editorships and Editorial Board Memberships

      2012 – present Editorial Board member, Ethnomusicology Forum (Routledge)

      2010 – present Editorial Board member, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Brill)

      2007 – 2011 Editor, Ethnomusicology Forum (Routledge)

      2000 - 2013 Editorial Board member, Twentieth-Century Music (CUP) (founding member)

      2006 - 2009 International Advisory Board member, Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Routledge)

      2004 – 2007 Editorial Board member, Ethnomusicology Forum (Routledge)

    Press/Online Articles (33)

    • (CD) ‘Review of Scattering Stars like Dust, Traditional Crossroads CD4288’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 1: 90
    • (CD) ‘Review of The Art of Improvisation, Wergo SM 1530-2’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 1:89
    • (CD) ‘Review of Iran: Bardes du Khorasan, OCORA C560136’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 2:90-3
    • (CD) ‘Review of Musique Iranienne Authentique - Vol.3: Setar - Mas'oud Shaari, Club du Disque Arabe CDA 401, AAA 171’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 3:108
    • (CD) ‘Review of Mystic Journey - String Music of Iran, Music of the World 155’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 3:108
    • (CD) ‘Review of Quest, Songlines 2402-2’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 4:98-100
    • (CD) ‘Review of Music of Kurdistan, Koch 333 36-2’, 1999, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 4:100
    • (CD) ‘Review of Rozaneh, Erato/Detour 8573-85916-2’, 2001, Songlines Journeys in World Music Issue 11:107
    • (CD) ‘Review of Over the Wind, Traditional Crossroads 80702-4300-2’, 2001, Songlines: Journeys in World Music Issue 12:100
    • (CD) ‘Review of Iran: Masters of Improvisation, Buda 1986082’, Mar 2003, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 17:85
    • (CD) ‘Review of Music of the Persian Mystics, ARC Music, EUCD 1792’, Jul 2003, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 19:93
    • (CD) ‘Review of Shoorideh: Parissa and Ensemble Dastan, Network 24.253’, Sep 2003, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 20:77
    • (CD) ‘Review of Journey to Persia: Dastan Trio, ARC Music, EUCD 1786’, Sep 2003, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 20:77
    • (CD) ‘Review of Calligraphes Vocales: L'Art du Chant Classique Persan, Accords Croisés, AC107’, Jul 2005, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 31:89
    • (CD) ‘Review of Endless Vision, Hermes Records, HER021’, Jul 2005, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 31:89
    • (CD) ‘Review of Gol-e Behesht, Network 29.204’, May 2006, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 36:89
    • ‘Persepolis: Discovering the Music of Iran’, May 2006, The Middle East in London Volume 2, Issue 11:12
    • ‘Rockin' in Iran’, Feature on Iranian pop music, Jul 2006, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 38: 34-5
    • (CD) ‘Review of Persian and Middle Eastern Percussion, ARC Music, EUCD 1969’, Sep 2006, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 39:73
    • ‘Beginner's Guide to Shahram Nazeri’, Nov 2007, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 47:54-5
    • (CD) ‘Review of The Passion of Rumi, QuarterTone QTCD – 1010’, Jan 2008, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 49:78
    • (CD) ‘Review of The Endless Ocean (Ensemble Dastan and Salar Aghili), Network 495120’, Mar 2008, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 50:102
    • (CD) ‘Review of Songs from a Persian Garden (Marjan Vahdat, Mahsa Vahdat), FXCD 320', Mar 2008, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 50: 102
    • (CD) ‘Review of Jostojoo, Forever Seeking (Mamak Khadem), Banyan Tree Production’, Oct 2008, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 55:77
    • (CD) ‘Review of I Am Eve (Mahsa Vahdat, Marjan Vahdat, Atabak Elyasi), Kirkelig Kulturveksted’, Mar 2009, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 58:78-9
    • (CD) ‘Review of Acoustic World. Persia (Hossein Omoumi, Shahmirza Moradi, Sima Bina), Coro’, Apr 2009, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 59:77
    • ‘Taking a Stand’ (feature about musicians' responses to the 2009 presidential elections in Iran), Sep 2009, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 62:12
    • (CD) ‘Review of Mayeh-ye Dashti, Mayeh-ye Isfahan (Dastan Ensemble, Homayoun Shajarian) , Celestial Harmonies, 14298-2’, Oct 2009, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 63:76
    • (CD) ‘Review of Iran: Musiques du Golfe Persane, Musique du Monde, Buda', Mar 2010, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 66:75
    • (CD) ‘Review of Love Songs and Dance Music from Loristan, Etnisk Musikklubb’, Oct 2010, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 73:83
    • (CD) ‘Review of Oy (Mohsen Namjoo), FabricaMusic CD', Oct 2010, Songlines: The World Music Magazine Issue 73:81-2
    • (CD) Review of In the Name of the Rose (Dastan Ensemble, Salar Aghili), Celestial Harmonies 13300-2, Jan 2011, Songlines: The World Music Magazine
    • (CD) ‘Review of I Vinens Speil (In the Mirror of Wine) (Mahsa Vahdat, Skruk), Kirkelig Kulturversted’, Mar 2011, Songlines: The World Music Magazine

    Radio Programmes (3)

    • Roses and Nightingales, Sep 1990 on BBC Radio 3. programme on Iranian classical music broadcast, in series of traditional music programmes.
    • World Routes, Jan 2007 on BBC Radio 3. reviewing current CDs of Iranian Music.
    • World Routes, Feb 2008 on BBC Radio 3. reviewing current CDs of Iranian Music.

    Other Activities (5)

    • 2000. Interviewed by Maqam Journal (Iran); interview published in volume 6:116-119.
    • 1999. CD liner notes for Through Eternity, Persian Devotional Music, with Shahram Nazeri and the Dastan Ensemble. Sounds True (USA). STA M112D. ISBN: 1-56455-717-0.
    • 1999, CD liner notes for Through Eternity, Persian Devotional Music, with Shahram Nazeri and The Dastan Ensemble. Sounds True (USA). STA M112D. ISBN:1-56455-717-0.
    • 2002. CD liner notes for Without You: Masters of Persian Music, performance by Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Hossein Alizadeh and Kayhan Kalhor. World Village (USA), 468011.
    • CD Liner Notes Liner for Faryad: Masters of Persian Music, with Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Hossein Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhor and Homayoun Shajarian. World Village (USA), 468023.