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Mr Samuel Horlor, BA (Hons) MA (Dunelm)

Member of the Department of Music

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Samuel Horlor’s doctoral research explores street music performances in urban China. This ethnomusicological project, due to be completed in 2016, builds upon field research in China conducted during 2014 and upon several years of study in the country since 2007.

The street performances at the centre of Samuel’s research are known as jiqing guangchang, and they take place in the central-Chinese city of Wuhan. Ethnography of the extensive social life that the events enable is employed to investigate the interaction between performers and audiences, especially the rituals by which the two parties exchange money and other gifts. The work also draws upon techniques from the fields of sound studies and music geography to map the role of spatiality and materiality in these performance events. Each element of the project is geared towards exploring community and public sociability as expressed and shaped through performance.

Samuel received a BA in Music from the University of Southampton in 2007 and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Durham University in 2012. He is the recipient of a Durham Doctoral Scholarship.

Research Interests

  • Chinese popular and folk music
  • Community studies
  • Folk music in the modern world
  • Sound studies and music geography

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