David Hughes taught music at SOAS from 1987 until his retirement in 2008, and is now a Research Associate of the Department of Music and the Japan Research Centre. In 2011 he received the annual Japan Society Award for “outstanding contributions to Anglo-Japanese relations and understanding” for his activities in bringing traditional Japanese music to a wide public.
David founded the SOAS Min’yo Group and the London Okinawa Sanshinkai, the major groups performing and teaching traditional Japanese folk music in the UK. He also founded the SOAS Noh Group, now part of the University of London Noh Society, which encourages the teaching of Noh performance. These three groups practice frequently at SOAS. David has also been involved with events featuring over 200 visiting performers from Japan.
David has lived for over ten years in Japan, his main research area, but has also written about aspects of music in Java, Thailand and Korea, as well as about musical grammars and oral mnemonics. His major publications include the books Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan (2008) and the co-edited Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music (2008).
Many of the writings listed in David's CV can be downloaded from https://soas.academia.edu/DavidHughes
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Hughes, David W. (2008) Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan. Sources, Sentiment and Society.. Folkestone: Global Oriental.
Hughes, David W. (2001) ''Soran Bushi': The Many Lives of a Japanese Folk Song'. CHIME: Journal of the European Foundation for Chinese Music Research, (14-15), pp 31-47.
Hughes, David (2000) 'No nonsense: the logic and power of acoustic-iconic mnemonic systems'. British Journal of Ethnomusicology, (9, 2), pp 93-120.
Hughes, David W. (2018) 'Safeguarding the heart’s home town: Japanese folk song as Intangible Cultural Heritage'. In: Norton, Barley and Matsumoto, Naomi, (eds.), Music as heritage: historical and ethnographic perspectives. Routledge, pp 144-167.
Hughes, David W. (2016) 'Japan'. In: Church, Michael, (ed.), The other classical musics: fifteen Great Traditions. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, pp 74-103.
Hughes, David W. (2007) 'Folk music: from local to national to global'. The Ashgate research companion to Japanese music. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp 281-302.
Tokita, Alison McQueen and Hughes, David W. (2007) 'Context and change in Japanese music'. The Ashgate research companion to Japanese music. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp 1-33.
Hughes, David W. (2004) '"When Can We Improvise?": The Place of Creativity in Academic World Music Performance.'. In: Solis, T., (ed.), Performing Ethnomusicology. Teaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles.. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California Press, pp 261-82.
Hughes, David and Jones, S (2001) 'East Asia'. In: Sadie, S and Tyrrell, J, (eds.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2nd Edition. Macmillan, pp 837-841.
Hughes, David and Various, (2001) 'Japan I-IX'. In: Sadie, S and Tyrrell, J, (eds.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2nd Edition. Macmillan, pp 815-90.
Hughes, David and Jones, S (2000) 'East Asia'.
Hughes, David and Berger,, D (2000) 'Japan: I - IX', n/a.
Hughes, David (2000) 'No nonsense: the logic and power of acoustic-iconic mnemonic systems', 9, 2.
Hughes, David (1999) 'Min'yô: folk song from Japan: Takahashi Yûjirô and friends'.
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