War, Exile and the Music of Afghanistan

MASTERCLASS WITH JOHN BAILY

In this masterclass, John Baily will describe his experiences as both filmmaker and ethnomusicologist over forty years, starting with a rare screening of Beyond the Blues: A Portrait of Hughie Flint, which he made with Paul Henley, when they were both RAI Film Training Fellow at the NFTS 1984–86. This will serve as an introduction to the principles of observational cinema, and will be followed by a discussion of Amir: An Afghan Refugee Musician’s Life in Peshawar, Pakistan (1985), which he also made at the NFTS. From this starting point, he will then outline his use of the camcorder as a research tool in the creation of ‘fieldwork movies’ in his work on music in the Afghan transnational community.

John Baily is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of the Afghanistan Music Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. Four of his ‘fieldwork movies’ are included on a DVD in his monograph War, Exile and the Music of Afghanistan: The Ethnographer’s Tale (Ashgate-Routledge 2015).