Tom Wetmore is a pianist, composer, and bandleader based in New York City. He received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University and his M.M. in Jazz Studies (Performance) from William Paterson University. He is pursuing his PhD at Columbia, where his research interests include jazz, African American music, American music abroad, world popular music, diaspora, modernity/modernism, cultural exchange, subversiveness, authenticity, individuality, and improvisation. His first album, The Desired Effect, is available on all major digital music services.
Jumanah Hassan came to Columbia as a PhD student in Ethnomusicology in 2014. She holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andres Garcia Molina recently completed an MA in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, researching shamanic labor in the Putumayo region of the Colombian Amazon, focusing on the various ways in which shamans understand and use sound in their ritual practice. Andres was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and his interests include sound, pragmatics, labor, ritual, and indigenous media in Latin America.
Maria Fantinato received her M.A. in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 2013, where she also got her undergraduate degree in 2009. Her master's thesis was an interdisciplinary approach to improvisational musical performances from a small experimental scene in Rio de Janeiro and it focused on the relationships between music, communication and aesthetics. Since then, her research interests have evolved towards combining ethnographic work and socio-cultural reflections on musical expression, with the goal of acquiring a broader and deeper understanding of the relationship between music and a constellation of factors: the surrounding urban and virtual environments, the political context, and the economic and media backdrop.
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.
The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a colloquium on:
Indigeneity and Music
Amanda Minks (University of Oklahoma):
"Constructing Culture and Indigeneity on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua"
Deise Lucy Montardo (Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Brazil; President. Brazilian Ethnomusicology Association [ABET]):
Music and Cosmology in Lowland South America: Guarani and Baniwa cases
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
12 noon - 2pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Columbia University Morningside Campus (B'way and 116th St.)
Free and Open to the Public
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