Journal Information

  • ISSN: 0044-9202
  • eISSN: 1553-5630


SEMIANNUAL · 6 x 9 · 176 PAGES/ISSUE · ISSN 0044-9202 · E-ISSN 1553-5630

Ricardo D. Trimillos, Editor

Asian Music, the journal of the Society for Asian Music, is the leading journal devoted to ethnomusicology in Asian music, publishing all aspects of the performing arts of Asia and their cultural context.

Recent Issues

Winter/Spring 2023, 54:1


Remembering My Teachers—Bruno Nettl and Sabri Khan: Society for Asian Music 2022 Keynote Address
by Daniel M. Neuman

Neset Ertas and the Ontologies of Turkey's Folk Music
by Dave Fossum

The Exceptional Fauziah Gambus: Negotiating Novelty, Piety, and Self-Promotion in an Androcentric Malaysian Musical Scene
by Joe Kinzer

Staging Noh Performance in Contemporary Opera: The Dance of the Shite in Toshio Hosokawa's The Maiden from the Sea (2017)
by Paulo Brito

On the Threshold between Different Worlds: The Symbolic Role of Gongs in the Final Mortuary Ritual of the Jarai (Central Highlands of Vietnam)
by Vincenzo Della Ratta

Book Reviews

Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles, by Sonja Lynn Downing
reviewed by Meghan Hynson

24 Bars to Kill: Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan's Social Margins,  by Andrew B. Armstrong
reviewed by Nate Renner

Ambient Sufism: Ritual Niches and the Social Work of Musical Form, by Richard C. Jankowsky
reviewed by Rachel Colwell

Media Review

Japon: Le Gagaku/Japan: Gagaku
reviewed by: LeRon James Harrison


Summer/Fall 2022, 53:2


Rethinking the Viruttam in Karnatak Music: Music for Poetry
by Charulatha Mani

Status, Prejudice, and Hierarchical Differences in the Communities of the Urban Burmese Spirit Cult
by Lorenzo Chiarofonte

"Our Divine Ancestor Jesus Christ": Performing Arts and Catholic Missiology in Bali
by Dustin D. Wiebe

Feeling Time in Indonesian Langgam Jawa
by Andrew McGraw

Book and Media Reviews

Saysay Himig: A Sourcebook on Philippine Music History, 1880–1921, edited by Arwin Q. Tan
Sasay Himig: An Anthology of Transcultural Filipino Music, 1880–1941, edited by Arwin Q. Tan
reviewed by Frederick J. Schenker

Book Reviews

Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka, by Garrett M. Field
reviewed by: Eshantha Peiris

Storytime in India: Wedding Songs, Victorian Tales, and the Ethnographic Experience,  by Helen Priscilla Myers and Umesh Chandra Pandey
reviewed by: Max Katz

The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk, and Syncretic Traditions, second editionby Patricia Matusky and Tan Sooi Beng
reviewed by: Raja Iskandar Bin Raja Halid

Vamping the Stage: Female Voices of Asian Modernities,  edited by Andrew N Weintraub and Bart Barendregt
reviewed by: Maho A. Ishiguro

Media Review

Japanese Traditional Music: Songs of People at Work and Play, edited and translated by Naoko Terauchi
reviewed by: Justin R. Hunter

Winter/Spring 2022, 53:1


Affective Hermeneutics: Love, Mugham, and Post-Soviet Azerbaijani Subjectivities
by Polina Dessiatnitchenko

Burmese Buddhist Monks, the Seventh Precept, and Cognitive Dissonance
by Heather MacLachlan

Sonic Benefit: Buddhist Ontologies of Chant and the Supramundane in Bengaluru
by Tom Peterson

Poetic Text and Melodic Text: Text-Setting in Two Song Traditions of Timor
by Philip Yampolsky

Book Reviews

Resonances of Chindon-ya, Sounding Space and Sociality in Contemporary Japan, by Marié Abe
reviewed by: Bruno Deschenes

Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology, by Zoe Sherinian
reviewed by: Victoria M. Dalzell

Media Review

Shamisen Works by Colleen Christina Schmuckal,  performed by Tetsuya Nozawa
reviewed by: Marty Regan

Summer/Fall 2021, 52:2

Special Issue: Transregional Politics of Throat-Singing as Cultural Heritage in Inner and Central Asia.

Grounding Heritage

Cradle of Drone-Overtone and Timbre-Centered Music: Cultural Landscapes of the Indigenous Peoples of the Altai Mountain Range and Its Neighboring Areas
by Carole Pegg

Propriety, Property, and Heritage in the Performance of Mongol Khöömii
by Andrew Colwell

Gifts of the Sygytchy-Sons: Tethering Melodies to Land, Kin, and Life Engery at the Khöömei Ovaa, Tyva Republic
by Robert O. Beahrs

Transregional Responses

Khöömii, World Lists, and the Question of Representation
by Johanni Curtet

Khöömii, Chooryn Duu, and Dissonant Heritage in Inner Mongolia, China
by Charlotte D'Evelyn

(Re)Claiming a Vocal Vernacular: Revival and Modernization in Kömei in Contemporary Kazakh Music
by Saida Daukeyeva


Khöömei and Heritage: An Afterword
by Theodore Levin

Khöömei—Ambassador to the World: An Afterword
by Valentina Süzükei, translated by Sean Quirk

Winter/Spring 2021, 52:1


Coptic Chant and Maqam: The Modal Heritage of a Liturgical Tradition
by Nicholas Ragheb

The Classical Khayal and Marathi Popular Music: Unpacking Music Genres and Categories in Maharashtra, India
by Aditi Deo

Emergence of an Ecumene: Transnational Encounters in South Indian Carnatic Music
by Rajeswari Ranganathan

Tuning "American Gamelan": Transforming Javanese Gamelan Tunings in North America
by Jay M. Arms

Book Reviews

Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians by Denise Gill
Makamsiz: Individualization of Traditional Music on the Eve of Kemalist Turkey by Martin Greve
reviewed by Dave Fossum

Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form by Katherine In-Young Lee
reviewed by: Donna Lee Kwon

Media Review

Flot Suspendu (Suspended Flow) by Véronique Piron
reviewed by: Garrett Groesbeck


Asian Music welcomes articles on all aspects of the performing arts of Asia. The journal is refereed; all articles receive consideration by at least two readers. Contributors of essays will receive 2 copies of the issue in which their essay appears.

Preferred length is 10,000–12,000 words. Manuscripts in Word format (at least Word 97 or newer) should be made to conform to Asian Music style and should be submitted electronically in two files—an original version and a masked version for reviewing purposes. If the article is accepted for publication, the editors will request a revised file in Word and in pdf. We can duplicate nearly any diacritical.

Submit articles to Ricardo Trimillos (Editor) [asmusic@hawaii.edu].

Submit review copies of print publications to Randal Baier (Book Review Editor) [rbaier@emich.edu], 319 Ann Arbor St., Manchester MI 48158 USA.

Submit review copies of sound-recordings and videos to Anne Prescott (Media Review Editor) [muprescott@hotmail.com], 4 Maine Ave., Easthampton, MA, 01027 USA.

Peer-Review Process and Publication Ethics

Peer-Review Process

Articles submitted to Asian Music are initially reviewed by the editors, who determine whether the manuscript will be sent to outside reviewers. If chosen for review, the manuscript is then evaluated in a double-blind process by at least two and usually three outside reviewers, including members of the journal’s Editorial Board, and/or other experts in relevant fields as selected by the editors. This peer-review process is designed to ensure that Asian Music publishes only original, accurate, and timely articles that contribute new knowledge, insights or valuable perspectives to our discipline.


Reviewers play a vital role in ensuring the quality of papers published in the journal.

Questions addressed by reviewers include:

  • Is the topic within the scope of the journal?
  • Is the topic significant or sufficiently interesting to warrant publication?
  • Is the scholarship adequately documented and is relevant literature reviewed?
  • Are the research aims and any methodological choices made by author clear and justified?
  • Is the article well organized and clearly written?

Reviewers make one of three recommendations: acceptance, acceptance with revision, rejection. Reviewers are asked to include comments explaining the recommendation to provide authors with suitable feedback to improve the article. Our aim is to create a constructive process that benefits the journal and the authors while respecting the time and efforts of all volunteer reviewers.

Review Timetable

We understand that the timeliness of decisions and publication is a major concern of authors. The typical manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and sent out to reviewers within a couple of weeks after submission. Reviewers typically have six weeks to prepare their review (a second round of reviews may be solicited if the initial reviewers disagree). Then a couple of weeks are typically required to reconcile reviewer comments (and identify any significant copyediting issues for papers that were accepted or accepted with slight revisions). Thus, it is quite possible that an author could hear back in less than two months from the time of submission. However, the realities of the peer-review process sometimes extend our timeline. You will receive a response as expeditiously as possible. If you are seeking publication for a tenure packet, please allow for ample review time and let us know this is a consideration. Authors receive the reviewers’ comments and are often asked to revise the manuscript in line with the reviewers’ and/or editor’s suggestions. If the revised article is accepted for publication, the editor then determines the journal issue in which it will appear. Authors can help speed the process by ensuring they follow the submission requirements and, if accepted, addressing the reviewers comments and any copy-editing requirements in a timely fashion.


Publication Ethics

The editor(s) and editorial board of Asian Music are committed to the following:

  • We will make our best efforts to ensure that our peer-review processes and editorial decisions are fair and unbiased, and that manuscripts are judged solely on their merits by individuals with appropriate levels of expertise in the subject area.
    • We have the right to reject a manuscript at any point in the process if, after an unbiased evaluation, it is the opinion of the editor(s) it does not align with the journal’s mission or editorial policies or would be in conflict with the journal’s legal requirements.
  • We will treat submitted manuscripts as confidential documents and will not discuss them or share information about them with anyone outside the editorial staff, editorial board, potential reviewers, or the publisher.
  • We expect transparency on the part of editors and reviewers regarding potential conflicts of interest and will assign manuscripts to individuals who are not expected to have such conflicts.
  • We expect authors to help us uphold our ethical standards by
    • submitting only original works;
    • respecting the intellectual property rights of others;
    • adhering to the journal’s policies regarding simultaneous submissions;
    • acknowledging sources;
    • appropriately crediting all authors, other research participants, and funding sources;
    • disclosing any potential conflicts of interest; and
    • notifying the editors and/or publisher of any significant errors discovered after submission or publication.
  • We will promptly investigate any credible allegation of unethical or illegal practices related to an article we have published. When warranted, we will issue corrections, retractions, and/or apologies, working with the author(s) as appropriate to find the best resolution.
  • Concerns may be reported directly to the editor(s) by email at: asmusic@hawaii.edu


For information about the Society of Asian Music please use the link below.

In order to join the Society, subscribe to the journal.



Book and Media Reviews

Submit review copies of print publications to:
Randal Baier
319 Ann Arbor St.
Manchester, MI 48158


Submit review copies of sound-recordings and videos to:
Anne Prescott
4 Maine Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027



Asian Music is indexed and/or abstracted in the AHCICurrent ContentsIBR (International Bibliography of Book Reviews), IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature)IIMPMAGMLAThe Music Index, Musici, and RILM.



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