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Tide Was Always HighThe Music of Latin America in Los Angeles$
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Josh Kun

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294394

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294394.001.0001

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Booming Bandas of Los Ángeles

Booming Bandas of Los Ángeles

Gender and the Practice of Transnational Zapotec Philharmonic Brass Bands

(p.260) 14 Booming Bandas of Los Ángeles
Tide Was Always High

Xóchitl C. Chávez

University of California Press

The author's work with Oaxacan communities has drawn attention to Zapotec women musicians within this traditionally male-dominated musical practice. Although women have become more visible in brass bands, they are usually not revered as equal members of the band, even in cases where women have formal education and training. Taking seriously Sherrie Tucker's call for “engaged listening” of women musicians, this chapter focuses on Zapotec migrant women's experiences as musicians to address the formation of brass bands and the ways they negotiate the challenges they encounter in brass bands. It is through their localized articulations, voiced or played, that women establish a dialogue across the region of Oaxacalifornia.

Keywords:   Oaxacan brass bands, Latin American music, Los Angeles, Zapotec migrant women, Oaxacalifornia

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