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The Sounds of LatinidadImmigrants Making Music and Creating Culture in a Southern City$
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Samuel K. Byrd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859405.001.0001

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Musicians’ Ethics and Aesthetics

Musicians’ Ethics and Aesthetics

(p.217) 9 Musicians’ Ethics and Aesthetics
The Sounds of Latinidad

Samuel K. Byrd

NYU Press

This chapter demonstrates how the festival facilitates communication between Latina/o musicians across genre boundaries and between musical communities. During and after their participation in these events, musicians engage in heated intellectual debates about the best way to organize festivals and treat performers, constructing social rules that guide their sense of ethics and their judgments about the “success” of an event. These ethical sensibilities stem from these musicians' training and their relationships with fellow musicians and audience members that shape what constitutes “professional” behavior. By situating musicians' labor in the nexus of cultural production and consumption practices associated with festivals, the analysis shows how working musicians face many of the same political and economic limitations that dull to gray the immigrant dream.

Keywords:   Latino festivals, musical communities, genre boundaries, ethics, professional behavior, cultural production, consumption practices, musicians' labor

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