IRISH MUSIC PROJECT2 - Running Head CELTICA 1 Celtica an American Irish Choir Jacob Sieckman Arizona State University Jill Sullivan CELTICA 2

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Running Head: CELTICA 1 Celtica an American Irish Choir Jacob Sieckman Arizona State University Jill Sullivan
CELTICA 2 Introduction The main purpose of this project was to observe, record and discuss the meaning of music making with a group participating within a different ethnic tradition and style. I have an interest in music learned and passed down from an aural tradition. Some of this may be due to some of my own personal aural training in jazz although I was reading music at a fairly early age. In searching out a genre with a strong aural tradition, Irish music met these criteria. Irish immigrants brought their music to America. Has it remained the same, changed or morphed into something else? How do people currently make and preserve it and why are they motivated to do so? The choir Celtica, which was the focus of this project, is committed to traditional Irish music and performance. This project will focus on the group members, their beliefs, values, and attitudes they have regarding the making of this music. Irish tr aditional music is defined as, “… music from Ireland that is traditional in any way, i.e. origin, idiom, or in the transmission or performance style (Waldron, 2006, p. 3). “The music as it exists today is remarkably similar to its original 18 th century form and historically it was “passed on” from one performer to another either thro ugh oral or aural transmission” (ibid). Their music could be heard at various social settings i.e. weddings, christenings, holiday’s family reunions, and wakes. There was a give and take process between the masters and the younger players at family gatherings where live music was present (Mcpherson, 2016, p. 420). “Within the literature, learning from older family members is described as one of the highest status methods of transmission within Irish traditional music (Cawley, 2013, p. 98). Traditional Irish music was brought to America by a great influx of Irish immigrants arriving to the United States in the 19 th and early 20 th century. This vast movement of people,