The gestures that accompany improvisation in Indian vocal music, like the gestures that accompany speech, are closely co-ordinated with vocalization. Though linked to what is being sung, these movements are not determined by vocal action; nor are they taught explicitly, deliberately rehearsed, or tied to specific meanings. Students tend to gesture recognizably like their teachers, producing lineage-based gesture dialects, but the gestural repertoire of every vocalist is nonetheless idiosyncratic. This paper aims to trace a brief history of song gesture in India, and to show some of the links between gesture and vocalization. It also adapts Katharine Young’s theory of the “family body” to the transmission of gesture dialects through teaching lineages. Gesture and sound are taken to be parallel channels for the expression of melody.
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2019. Understanding the Meaningfulness of Vocal and Instrumental Music Teachers' Hand Gestures Through the Teacher Behavior and Gesture Framework. Frontiers in Education 4
Simones, Lilian, Matthew Rodger & Franziska Schroeder
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Simones, Lilian, Franziska Schroeder & Matthew Rodger
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Simones, Lilian Lima
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Simones, Lilian Lima, Matthew Rodger & Franziska Schroeder
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2012. Captiver/séduire. Note sur la gestuelle des joueurs de hautbois nāgasvaram. Transposition :2
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