Research of Azerbaijani professional music of oral tradition in American ethnomusicology

By Khanim Askerova, Ethnomusicology Department, Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, MA student and ARISC Fellow

Date: August 12, 2021

Time: 7-8:30 pm Baku time (11:00am-12:30pm EDT)

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The presentation focuses on research problems in American ethnomusicology regarding oral Azerbaijani professional music. As a new topic, this project offers fresh insight into ethnomusicology as a discipline.  This project centers on the origins and methodological foundations of ethnomusicology as well as the essential characteristics of the American ethnomusicology in particular, Khanim Askerova investigates American ethnomusicologists’ research approach to Azerbaijani Mugham and Ashiq Art.

Azerbaijani music includes oral and professional music genres alongside oral folk music. These genres are Mugham and Ashiq Art. American ethnomusicologists have researched Azerbaijani professional oral music from historical, theoretical, sociological, and culturological approaches. Khanim Askerova explores trends and peculiarities of American ethnomusicological research regarding Azerbaijani professional oral music. She investigates the works of Anna Oldfield, Timothy Rice, Stephen Blum, Inna Naroditskaya, as well as local musicologists including, Kamila Dadashzadeh and Aida Huseynova.    

Please, note that this presentation will be conducted in Azerbaijani.

Khanim Askerova is a second-year MA student in the Ethnomusicology Department of Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts. She is a recipient of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) Small Grant to conduct research on this project. She graduated from Bulbul Music School and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts.  

This event is sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). This lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more at

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