Bidgood Lee

Abstract

Drawing from scholarship on play, ritual, and performance,
I propose that Czech bluegrass thrives – as does my fieldwork – in a state of
in-betweenness, in a territory that is between work, play, here and there, self
and other. Being comfortable with this kind of in-between state is important
for fieldwork, and for music-making – play, I find, is both a central activity
and metaphor in both. The bluegrass play I discuss in this essay can become
a response to the encroachment of Americanization in economic and cultural
globalization, but also a way of being “Americanist” – and entirely Czech.

Keywords

performance; play; Czech; bluegrass; ethnomusicology

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Vydání: 17, 2015, 2