This article is a revised and enlarged version of a paper presented at the round-table on "Anthropology of Mediterranean musicians", held within the conference "Musicisti del Mediterraneo: Storia e Antropologia" organized by Mousiké and the ICTM Study Group on "Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures," Bari, 27-30 June 1996. The topics dealt with here are deeply connected to those discussed in the other articles appearing in this number of EOL, presented as papers at the same conference. This article presents the case study of a Greek musician, within the larger frame of the study of Mediterranean musicians introduced by Amnon Shiloah. The life history of Papadakis examined here suggests considerations on the topic of diaspora, introduced by Philip Bohlman, with particular attention for musical behavior of Mediterranean emigrants to the U.S., a topic more extensively examined by Karl Signell. Finally, it discusses the role of music as marker of regional cultural identity, dealt with by Svanibor Pettan, and the importance of remodelling exerted by state and mass media.
1. Two recent conferences chose musicians as a theme:
"Musicisti del Mediterraneo: Storia e Antropologia" organized by Mousiké and the ICTM Study Group on "Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures," Bari, 27-30 June 1996
3. Displacement seems to change the view people have of their homeland. See the case of Pavlos Daskalakis, a computer programmer and lyra player born in Crete and living in Berkeley, California: "Like other immigrants, Dhaskalakis found his regional identity changing outside his homeland. He said, 'When I went to Athens, I missed Crete. When I went to America, I missed Greece'" (Signell 1996). [ return ]
5. Stelios Lainakis, Roberto Leydi and Tullia Magrini collaborated on fieldwork in Crete in 1977 and 1979. Stelios Lainakis took part in fieldwork with Tullia Magrini again in 1994. Papadakis kindly put his list at our team's disposal in 1977. [ return ]
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