Post-Soviet Ukraine emerges in this beautiful and original book as a place of a vibrant musical and sonic culture. Marked by experiment, hybridity, and ‘wildness,’ this scene not only produces remarkably creative musical projects, but also makes new forms of political sovereignty, citizenship and community imaginable. A great achievement.

—Alexei Yurchak, author of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation

Beautifully written, this vital and sensitive ethnography documents the social, affective, and discursive energies that flow within contemporary Ukrainian music. Sonevytsky highlights the possibilities for imaginative agency that ‘wild musics’ provide, without ignoring the very real constraints that hem in the Ukrainian subjects whose complex personhood is the real focus of this remarkable book.

—J. Martin Daughtry, author of Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq

Sonevytsky’s vivid prose brings together rich ethnography with sophisticated analysis. Through her concept of wildness, she shows how performers disrupt binaries of tradition and modernity, of ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ culture, as they construct their country’s sovereignty. A powerful book!”

—Laada Bilaniuk, author of Contested Tongues: Language Politics and Cultural Correction in Ukraine

“…[M]онографія «Дика музика» є результатом тривалого етномузикознавчого дослідження Марії Соневицької, асистентки кафедри музики в Каліфорнійському університеті Берклі….Дослідниця наголошує, що музика не лише робить естетичний внесок у культуру, а й витворює «візії суверенності» [sovereignty imaginary], може транслювати не тільки бажання (наприклад, лібідальні), а й політичні вимоги. Важливим концептом, характерним для української музики, і зокрема етномузики, є «дикість» [wildness] – полісемантичне слово, яке дістає дедалі більше нових переосмислень у різних історико-політичних і культурних контекстах.”

– Ганна Гнедкова, Критика Феміністична (Червень 2020) | Читайте повну рецензію тут!

“Maria Sonevytsky’s book Wild Music: Sound and Sovereignty in Ukraine is a distinguished achievement of contemporary ethnomusicological scholarship…. Sonevytsky offers a nuanced and multidimensional glimpse into the complexities and contradictions of the Ukrainian cultural and political landscape of the last two decades, which she analyses through the lenses of various musical and “sounding” phenomena. The result is both ethnographically rich and theoretically compelling, and exceedingly timely and relevant in its thematic and conceptual delineation.”

– David Verbuč, in Urban People (2/2020) | Read the entire review here!
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