Mario Cancel-Bigay

PhD Student in Ethnomusicology

Mario R. Cancel-Bigay studied at Ernesto Ramos Antonini Music School in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he studied the Puerto Rican cuatro, Puerto Rico’s national guitar, and began composing socially conscious songs. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages at the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at New York University where he worked as a research assistant. His thesis, The Puerto Rican New Song Movement: Between the Modern and the Postmodern, was nominated for the 2013-2014 Hirschhorn Thesis Award and explored the dynamics of Puerto Rican protest music of the 1960s in the light of global changes. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology at Columbia University.