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Thomas James Solomon

Professor
  • E-mailThomas.Solomon@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 69 82
  • Visitor Address
    Lars Hillesgt. 3
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5020 Bergen

 

History and theory of ethnomusicology

Popular Music Studies

Turkish popular musics

Rap music and hip-hop youth culture

Music and place

Music and diaspora

Indigenous music of the Bolivian Andes

 

 

Courses in the MA program in ethnomusicology and musicology

BA course "Music in World Cultures"

BA course "Popular Music Studies"

BA course "Musikk, kultur og samfunn"

Program coordinator for MA in ethnomusicology and musicology

 

Books
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. African Musics in Context: Institutions, Culture, Identity. Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-245-9.
  • Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Sylvia A.; Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Ethnomusicology in East Africa: Perspectives from Uganda and Beyond. Fountain Publishers. 255 pages. ISBN: 978-9970-25-135-3.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Music and Identity in Norway and Beyond. Essays Commemorating Edvard Grieg the Humanist. Fagbokforlaget. 274 pages. ISBN: 978-82-450-1112-8.
Journal articles
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2016. The Play of Colors: Staging Multiculturalism in Norway. Dansk Musikforskning Online. 187-201.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2016. Conference report: XXXII European Seminar in Ethnomusicology. Musikk og tradisjon. 30: 127-129.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2016. "The land of our origin": Music and history in the Norway-Azerbaijan Connection. Yearbook for Traditional Music. 48: 115-135.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. Theorizing diaspora and music. Lide mesta. 17: 201-219.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. Self-censorship as Critique: The Case of Turkish Rapper Sagopa Kajmer. Dansk Musikforskning Online. 37-53.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. Review of "Gentleman Troubadours and Andean Pop Stars: Huayno Music, Media Work, and Ethnic Imaginaries in Urban Peru," by Joshua Tucker. Ethnomusicology. 59: 158-161.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. Review of Philip V. Bohlman (ed.), The Cambridge History of World Music. The world of music (Wilhelmshaven). 4: 110-115.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2014. Conference report: 8th International Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, 19-23 July, 2014, Osaka, Japan. Musikk og tradisjon. 28: 137-138.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2014. Review of Creating Global Music in Turkey, by Koray Değirmenci. Popular Music. 33: 365-367.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2013. Review of Turkish Metal: Music, Meaning, and Morality in a Muslim Society, by Pierre Hecker. International Journal of Turkish Studies. 19: 225-228.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2013. Conference report: 29th meeting of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), 4-8 September 2013. Musikk og tradisjon. 27: 121-122.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Review of "Songs from the Thrice-Blooded Land: Ritual Music of the Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia)" by Dana Rappoport. Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice. 56: 146-148.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Conference report: Seventh Meeting of the ICTM Study Group Music and Minorities, 7–12 August 2012, Zefat, Israel. Musikk og tradisjon. 26: 160-161.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Review of "The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music" by Martin Stokes. Popular Music. 31: 190-192. doi: 10.1017/S0261143011000602
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Review of "Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures," edited by Pamela Karantonis and Dylan Robinson. Journal of Folklore Research.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Review of "Youth, Music and Creative Cultures: Playing for Life" by Geraldine Bloustien and Margaret Peters. Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice. 56: 148-149.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Review of "Musicological Identities: Essays in Honor of Susan McClary," edited by Baur, Knapp and Warwick. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. 264 pp. ISBN: 9780754663027. Popular Music. 31: 510-514. doi: 10.1017/S0261143012000487
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Theory and Method in Popular Music Analysis: Text and Meaning. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 38: 86-108.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. "Türkçe Rapın Kız Sesi": Ayben'in Müziğinde Toplumsal Cinsiyet ve Vokal Nitelik. Porte akademik. 1: 413-423.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Review of "Sailing on the Sea of Love: The Music of the Bauls of Bengal," by Charles Capwell. Journal of Folklore Research.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2009. Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria, by Jonathan Holt Shannon. Popular Music. 28: 437-438. doi: 10.1017/S0261143009990183
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2009. Berlin-Frankfurt-Istanbul: Turkish Hip-Hop in Motion. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 12: 305-327. doi: 10.1177/1367549409105366
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2008. Music as Culture? Reflections on an Ethnomusicological Moment. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 34: 68-90.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2008. Music and the Poetics of Production in The Bolivian Andes, by Henry Stobart. Journal of Latin American Studies. 40: 376-378. doi: 10.1017/S0022216X08004288
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2006. Hardcore Muslims: Islamic themes in Turkish rap in diaspora and in the homeland. Yearbook for Traditional Music. 38: 59-78.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2005. "Listening to Istanbul": Imagining Place in Turkish Rap Music. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 31: 46-67.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2005. 'Living underground is tough': authenticity and locality in the hip-hop community in Istanbul, Turkey. Popular Music. 24: 1-20.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2004. Musikalske konstruktioner af sted og identitet i Bolivias højland. Jordens Folk. 39: 48-53.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2000. Dueling landscapes: Singing places and identities in highland Bolivia. Ethnomusicology. 44: 257-280.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 1994. Coplas de Todos Santos in Cochabamba: Language, music, and performance in Bolivian Quechua song dueling. Journal of American Folklore. 107: 378-414.
Book sections
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2017. 'His Bird Doesn't Stand Up': Gendered Dimensions of Music Censorship in Turkey. Chapter 8, pages 138-159. In:
    • Knudsen, Jan Sverre; Kirkegaard, Annemette; Otterbeck, Jonas; Järviluoma-Mäkelä, Helmi. 2017. Researching Music Censorship. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 345 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4438-8617-8.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. Introduction. Introduction, pages xix-xxvi. In:
    • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. African Musics in Context: Institutions, Culture, Identity. Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-245-9.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. Theorising Diaspora, Hybridity and Music. Chapter 12, pages 319-360. In:
    • Solomon, Thomas. 2015. African Musics in Context: Institutions, Culture, Identity. Fountain Publishers. ISBN: 978-9970-25-245-9.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2014. Performing Indigeneity: Poetics and Politics of Music Festivals in Highland Bolivia. Chapter 7, pages 143-163. In:
    • Buchanan, Donna A. 2014. Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics and Ontology of Performance. Ashgate. 194 pages. ISBN: 9781472415837.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2014. Music and Race in American Cartoons: Multimedia, Subject Position, and the Racial Imagination. unnumbered chapter, pages 142-166. In:
    • Hemetek, Ursula; Marks, Essica; Reyes, Adelaida. 2014. Music and Minorities from Around the World: Research, Documentation and Interdisciplinary Study. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 218 pages. ISBN: 9781443866200.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2013. The oriental body on the European stage: producing Turkish cultural identity on the margins of Europe. 7, pages 173-201. In:
    • Tragaki, Dafni. 2013. Empire of Song: Europe and Nation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Scarecrow Press. 321 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8108-8699-5.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2013. Ayben: "The girl's voice in Turkish rap". 3, pages 73-91. In:
    • Hellier, Ruth. 2013. Women singers in global contexts: music, biography, identity. University of Illinois Press. 253 pages. ISBN: 978-0-252-03724-5.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Where is the Postcolonial in Ethnomusicology? Chapter 15, pages 216-251. In:
    • Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Sylvia A.; Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Ethnomusicology in East Africa: Perspectives from Uganda and Beyond. Fountain Publishers. 255 pages. ISBN: 978-9970-25-135-3.
  • Solomon, Thomas; Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Sylvia A. 2012. Introduction. Editors' introduction, pages xiv-xvi. In:
    • Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Sylvia A.; Solomon, Thomas. 2012. Ethnomusicology in East Africa: Perspectives from Uganda and Beyond. Fountain Publishers. 255 pages. ISBN: 978-9970-25-135-3.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Introduction. Introduction, pages 13-38. In:
    • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Music and Identity in Norway and Beyond. Essays Commemorating Edvard Grieg the Humanist. Fagbokforlaget. 274 pages. ISBN: 978-82-450-1112-8.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Hardcore Muslims: Islamic Themes in Turkish Rap between Diaspora and Homeland. Chapter 1, pages 27-53. In:
    • van Nieuwkerk, Karin. 2011. Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World. University of Texas Press. 291 pages. ISBN: 978-0-292-72681-9.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Whose Diaspora? Hybrid Identities in "Turkish Rap" in Germany. Chapter 10, pages 253-267. In:
    • Solomon, Thomas. 2011. Music and Identity in Norway and Beyond. Essays Commemorating Edvard Grieg the Humanist. Fagbokforlaget. 274 pages. ISBN: 978-82-450-1112-8.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2009. "Türkçe Rapin Kız Sesi": Ayben'in Müziğinde Toplumsal Cinsiyet ve Vokal Nitelik. Chapter 32, pages 497-509. In:
    • Turkoglu, Nurçay; Alayoglu, Sevilen Toprak. 2009. Karaelmas 2009: Medya ve Kültür. 613 pages. ISBN: 978-605-89134-1-7.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2008. 'Bu Vatan Bizim' ['This Land is Ours']: Nationalist Discourse in Turkish Rap Music. chapter, pages 204-222. In:
    • Kırca Schroeder, Süheyla; Hanson, LuEtt. 2008. Freedom and Prejudice: Approaches to Media and Culture. ISBN: 978-975-6437-81-0.
  • Solomon, Thomas. 2008. Diverse Diasporas: Multiple identities in 'Turkish Rap' in Germany. chapter, pages 77-88. In:
    • Hemetek, Ursula; Sağlam, Hande. 2008. Music from Turkey in the Diaspora. Institut für Volksmusikforschung und Ethnomusikologie, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. 200 pages. ISBN: 978-3-902153-04-3.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2007. Articulating the Historical Moment: Turkey, Europe, and Eurovision 2003. Chapter 12, pages 135-145. In:
    • Raykoff, Ivan; Tobin, Robert Deam. 2007. A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Ashgate. 190 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7546-5878-8.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2006. Quechua. Leksikalsk innførsel uten nummer, pages 208-216. In:
    • Clements, William M. 2006. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, volume 4: North and South America. 414 pages. ISBN: 0-313-32851-X.
  • Solomon, Thomas James. 2006. Dueling landscapes: Singing places and identities in highland Bolivia. Chapter 19., pages 311-327. In:
    • Post, Jennifer C. 2006. Ethnomusicology: A contemporary reader. Routledge. 446 pages. ISBN: 0-415-97204-3.

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Books edited:

2011. Music and Identity in Norway and Beyond: Essays Commemorating Edvard Grieg the Humanist. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. 

2012. (co-edited with Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza). Ethnomusicology in East Africa: Perspectives from Uganda and Beyond. Kampala: Fountain Publishers. 

Journal articles and book chapters (reverse chronological order):

2013. "The Oriental Body on the European Stage: Producing Turkish Cultural Identity on the Margins of Europe." In Empire of Song: Europe and Nation in the Eurovision Song Contest, ed. Dafni Tragaki, 173-201. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. 

2013. "Ayben: 'The Girl's Voice in Turkish Rap.'" In Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, and Identity, ed. Ruth Hellier, 73-91. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 

2012. "Theory and Method in Popular Music Analysis: Text and Meaning." Studia Musicologica Norvegica 38:86-108. 

2012. "Where is the Postcolonial in Ethnomusicology?" In Ethnomusicology in East Africa: Perspectives from Uganda and Beyond, ed. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza and Thomas Solomon, 216-251. Kampala: Fountain Publishers. 

2011."Whose Diaspora?: Hybrid Identities in 'Turkish Rap' in Germany." In Music and Identity in Norway and Beyond: Essays Commemorating Edvard Grieg the Humanist, ed. Thomas Solomon, 253-267. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. 

2011. "Hardcore Muslims: Islamic Themes in Turkish Rap between Diaspora and Homeland." In Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World, ed. Karin van Nieuwkerk, 27-54. Austin: University of Texas Press. [Revised version of 2006 article below.]

2010. "The Local and the Global in Turkish Rap Music: A View from Istanbul." Porte Akademik 1(1):242-252. 

2009. "Berlin-Frankfurt-Istanbul: Turkish Hip-Hop in Motion." European Journal of Cultural Studies 12(3):305-327. 

2008. "Music as Culture? Reflections on an Ethnomusicological Moment." Studia Musicologica Norvegica 34:68-90.

2008. "Diverse Diasporas: Multiple identities in 'Turkish Rap' in Germany." In Music from Turkey in the Diaspora, ed. Ursula Hemetek and Hande Sağlam, 77-88. Vienna: Institut für Volksmusikforschung und Ethnomusikologie.

2008. "'Bu Vatan Bizim' ['This Land is Ours']: Nationalist Discourse in Turkish Rap Music." In Freedom and Prejudice: Approaches to Media and Culture, ed. Süheyla Kırca Schroeder and LuEtt Hanson, 204-222. Istanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press.

2007. "Articulating the Historical Moment: Turkey, Europe, and Eurovision 2003." In A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest,ed. Ivan Raykoff and Robert Tobin, 135-145. Aldershot: Ashgate.

2006. "Hardcore Muslims: Islamic Themes in Turkish Rap in Diaspora and in the Homeland." Yearbook for Traditional Music 38:59-78.

2006. "Quechua." In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife. Volume 4: North and South America, ed. William M. Clements, 208-216. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

2006. "Dueling Landscapes: Singing Places and Identities in Highland Bolivia." In Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, ed. Jennifer Post, 311-327. London: Routledge. [Revised version of 2000 article below.]

2005. "'Listening to Istanbul': Imagining Place in Turkish Rap Music." Studia Musicologica Norvegica 31:46-67.

2005. "'Living Underground is Tough': Authenticity and Locality in the Hip-hop Community in Istanbul, Turkey." Popular Music 24(1):1-20. University Press.

2004. "Musikalske Konstruktioner af Sted og Identitet i Bolivias Højland" ["Musical Constructions of Place and Identity in Highland Bolivia"]. Jordens Folk 39(3):48-53.

2000. "Dueling Landscapes: Singing Places and Identities in Highland Bolivia." Ethnomusicology 44(2):257-280.

1995. "Creando Etnicidad por Medio de la Música en el Norte de Potosí." Anales de la Reunión Anual de Etnología 1993, Tomo II. La Paz, Bolivia: Museo Nacional de Etnología y Folklore, pp.47-76.

1994. "Coplas de Todos Santos in Cochabamba: Language, Music, and Performance in Bolivian Quechua Song Dueling." Journal of American Folklore 107(425):378-414.

 

Ethnomusicology

Popular Music Studies

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