Robert Garfias field recordings (Hong Kong), 1966-04-21

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert
Robert Garfias field recordings (Hong Kong)
4 items  :  OT-2 reels (15 ips, 1/4 tr. [stereo?]); WT-2 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7"); Duration: 00:32:04; list of Chinese titles.
Collection Number
Field recordings made in Hong Kong by Robert Garfias, 4/21/66.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performer: Chen Hanguang/zheng (note on original archive sheet - "actually converted koto") (native of Chaozhon, Tuangdong province)


Tape 1 - Fisherman's Evening Song; Lotus Emerging from Water; Wild Geese Alight On the Sandy Shore; Winter Crows Frolicking In Water.

Tape 2 - Lights From A Thousand Homes; Waves Washing the Sand (incomplete); Lady Liu Qing (with false start)

Documentation: Garfias info. log #2 - Philippines (last entries)

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1 audiotape : Audio Reel

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk music--China
  • Koto music
  • Music--China
  • Zheng

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • China
  • China--Asia--East Asia

Form or Genre Terms

  • Field recordings
  • Sound recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Chen, Hanguang (performer)