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Unformatted text preview: Music 129B Fall 2005 Hindustani Concert For my ethnographic report, I decided to visit a noon concert at the UC Davis Music Department. Hindustani Concert The musicians and group singers were sitting cross-legged on a Persian rug in a half center facing the audience. It was a very intimate setting where the singers and the audience were directly looking at each other. Some of the women were wearing saris or native Indian dresses. The men were wearing white dress shirts and black pants. The drum player would get his cues from the lead singer who would turn and smile over at him when she wanted him to change tempos. A male harmonium player was also keeping tala in addition to playing the music. Beside him, a male singer was keeping tala by periodically waving his hands or tapping his knee. He seemed very into the momentum of the music. The Hindustani ensemble also has a violinist who accompanies the vocalist but he was not at this concert....
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- Fall '05