Shannon Garland

PhD Alumna in Ethnomusicology
Shannon Garland

Dr. Garland successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on September 5, 2014.  Her dissertation, advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa, is entitled: "Music, Affect, Value, and Labor: Late Capitalism and the (Mis)Productions of Indie Music in Chile and Brazil."

Shannon joined the Ph.D. program in Ethnomusicology in 2007. Her dissertation explores emerging relationships between online media circulation, economy, aesthetic value, and sociality in the South American southern cone, particularly in Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil, where she currently resides. In addition to Chile and Brazil, Shannon also spent time living in Korea and Japan, where she dabbled in various “traditional” instruments. While in New York, she plays hichiriki with the Columbia Gagaku Ensemble, and bass guitar with the Chilena-Brooklyn band Nutria N.N. Now several years a capoeirista, she is currently working on pandeiro, atabaque and of course, berimbau.

Shannon has been the recipient of several research grants for her work in Chile and Brazil, including the IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (the canceled 2011-2012 Fulbright-Hays DDRA award).

In 2012 she has been writing and presenting on a Brazilian political-cultural network called Fora do Eixo, the subject of her forthcoming article for a special issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies on music, labor, and value. The article, titled “The space, the gear, and two big cans of beer”: Fora do Eixo and the Debate Over Circulation, Remuneration, and Aesthetics in the Brazilian Alternative Market,” is due out in December, 2012. 

Columbia Degrees: 
PhD, Ethnomusicology