[PAST EVENT] American Music in the Kingdom of Hawai?i, 1793-1893

October 4, 2016
5pm - 6:30pm
Ewell Hall, Recital Hall (Rm 107)
221 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

American Music in the Kingdom of Hawai?i, 1793-1893 The nineteenth century saw drastic changes to the music and culture of the Hawaiian islands, due in large part to a dynamic relationship between Native Hawaiians and groups of American missionaries and seamen who introduced Hawaiians to genres of American music, from Christian hymns to blackface minstrelsy. This lecture will explore the tension between missionaries and sailors over music and dance in the burgeoning metropolis of Honolulu, and will look at how Hawaiians negotiated a cosmopolitan identity through the development of new musical genres that combined ancient traditions with musical innovations.

Carr's first book, Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels (University of Illinois Press, 2014), about the influence of American sailors on Hawaiian music in the nineteenth century, was awarded the Society for Ethnomusicology?s Alan P. Merriam Prize for outstanding book in ethnomusicology for 2015. Carr has also published essays in numerous books about the legendary rock band, The Grateful Dead, and he has articles and reviews in the Journal of American Folklore, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, The Journal of British Studies, American Historical Review, Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, and others.


Max Katz