Donna A Buchanan

Director, Balkan Ensemble (Balkanalia)

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A specialist in the musical styles of Bulgaria, the Balkans, and the NIS (especially Russia and the Republic of Georgia), Donna Buchanan's scholarly interests include music as symbolic communication, music in aesthetic systems, music and power relations, music and cosmology, and music and social identity. Her additional teaching areas include ethnomusicological methodologies, ethnography, Mediterranean traditional and art musics, the musical cultures of indigenous peoples, and Russian and East European classical music, particularly Bartok, Musorgsky, and Shostakovich. Her articles have appeared in major journals of ethnomusicology, musicology, and East European studies. A faculty affiliate of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) since 1998 and its Director from 2005-08, Professor Buchanan also established Balkanalia, the University of Illinois Balkan Music Ensemble, which performs regularly under the auspices of both REEEC and the School of Music.

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Research Output 1995 2019

Armenia aeterna: Commemorative heritage in sound, sculpture, and movement from Bulgaria's Armenian diaspora

Buchanan, D. A., Nov 28 2017, Heritage of Death: Landscapes of Emotion, Memory and Practice. Frihammar, M. & Silverman, H. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 147-163 17 p.

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Beyond Nation? A Thrice-Told Tale from Bulgaria’s Postsocialist Soundstage

Buchanan, D. A., 2015, In : Anthropology of East Europe Review. 33, 1, p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Introduction: Doing Ethnomusicology "Texas-Style": A Musical (Re)Turn to Performance

Buchanan, D. A., 2014, Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance. Buchanan, D. A. (ed.). Routledge, p. 1-21

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