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Playing across a DivideIsraeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters$
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Benjamin Brinner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.001.0001

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Two Bands, Two Interactive Musical Networks

Two Bands, Two Interactive Musical Networks

(p.131) 6 Two Bands, Two Interactive Musical Networks
Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Alei Hazayit and Bustan Abraham serve as contrasting instances of small networks that formed and functioned within a particular set of circumstances. But first, three caveats regarding omniscience, representativeness, and balance. To document completely the microdynamics of these two bands, their members, and their interactions over a period of twelve years would be a gargantuan task, demanding omnipresence and omniscience, positions that are unattainable. Each band was a unique entity with a distinctive character, yet from a macroscopic viewpoint they represented different positions within a single field of cultural production and consumption that draws on local musical resources, and more geographically and culturally distant ones, to synthesize new means of musical expression. Taken together, these bands present a pair of contrasting possibilities for collaborations involving musicians coming from disparate social and musical backgrounds in the convoluted intersections of various Israeli and Palestinian worlds.

Keywords:   microdynamics, band, cultural production, musical expression, collaborations

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