Music and Encounter at the Mediterranean Crossroads: A Sea of Voices explores the musical practices that circulate the Mediterranean Sea. Collectively, the authors relate this musical flow to broader transnational flows of people and power that generate complex encounters, bringing the diverse cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East into new and challenging forms of contact. Individually, the chapters offer detailed ethnographic and historiographic studies of music’s multifaceted roles in such interactions. From collaborations between Moroccan migrant and Spanish Muslim convert musicians in Granada, to the incorporation of West African sonorities and Hasidic melodies in the musical liturgy of Abu Ghosh Abbey, Jerusalem, these communities sing, play, dance, listen, and record their diverse experiences of encounter at the Mediterranean crossroads.

chapter |19 pages


A Sea of Voices
ByRuth F. Davis, Brian Oberlander

chapter 1|19 pages

Voicing New Belongings

Composing Multilingual Songs in Italy's Refugee Reception Centers
ByFulvia Caruso

chapter 2|18 pages

Morisco Prayer

Musical Hybridity and Historical Memory among Muslim Converts in Granada 1
ByBrian Oberlander

chapter 3|18 pages

Tan Cerca, Tan Lejos (“So Close, So Far Away”)

Competence and Collaboration in Jalal Chekara's Flamenco Andalusí
ByIan Goldstein

chapter 4|16 pages

Brazilian Encounters

Beirut's “Golden Age,” Ziad Rahbani, and Lebanese Bossa Nova
ByGabrielle Messeder

chapter 6|16 pages

Beyond the Borrowing Paradigm

Lessons from the Muslim-Jewish Maghrib
ByJonathan Glasser

chapter 7|27 pages

Teaching Andalousian Music at Rabat's Conservatoire de Musique Marocaine

Franco-Moroccan Collaborations under Colonialism
ByJann Pasler

chapter 8|22 pages

Southern Subjectivities

Contemporary Art Music from the South of the Mediterranean
ByAnis Fariji

chapter 9|14 pages

Dynamics of Musical Diversity

Morocco and the Southern Shore of the Mediterranean
ByMiriam Rovsing Olsen

chapter 10|17 pages

Ensounding Exile

Yehuda Halevi and Israeli Musical Mediterraneanism
ByMichael A. Figueroa

chapter 11|18 pages

Between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

The Musical Repertoire of the French Benedictine Community of Abu Ghosh, Jerusalem
ByOlivier Tourny

chapter 12|19 pages

Cycles of Encountering

Revisiting Robert Lachmann's Oriental Music Project in Mandatory Palestine 1
ByRuth F. Davis