I am a Ph.D. Candidate in ethnomusicology specializing in Latin American and Latinx popular musics. My B.A. in Music (saxophone) and Latin American and Caribbean studies was completed at the University of Georgia. Broadly, I’m interested in how race, gender, and sexuality impact musical circulation and musical attachments to space and place. » read more »
Research interests: 19th and 20th century opera, non-operatic stageworks, 18th century Germany, performance studies, sociology of opera, philosophy of aesthetics, theories of voice, vocal production.
Composer Oren Boneh has upcoming performances from Ensemble Reconsil, Vertixe Sonora and The Nebula Ensemble and previous performances by ensembles such as Ensemble Divertimento, Ensemble Meitar, Ensemble Regards, Ensemble Pentaèdre, the Playground, Ensemble Transmission and Architek Percussion. » read more »
Research interests: Tunisian ma’luf, Arab classical musics, listening practices, histories of listening, geography and anthropology of place, music and politics, sound studies youth, taste, sensory anthropology, nationalism and secularism, affect, organology, hybridity
Nour El Rayes is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology, with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. Her dissertation research examines constructions of the “alternative” in music in Lebanon in order to understand its role in the creation and articulation of alternative social, political, and economic futures. El Rayes also studies Middle Eastern percussion, and performs Arabic classical music with Zawaya’s Aswat ensemble, and Berkeley’s Disoriental.
Ryan Gourley is a first-year graduate student in Ethnomusicology. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he completed his undergraduate studies in music at Brown University in 2016. His research interests include Soviet jazz, music as a means of protest, Post-Soviet aesthetics, cultural ideology, and propaganda. He is a published photographer, poet, composer, and the founder of www.coldwarjazz.org.
Melanie received her BA in Music from Cornell University in 2009 and her MMus from King’s College, London in 2011. She is currently a Candidate for the PhD in Music History and Literature at UC Berkeley. » read more »
Andrew Harlan (b. 1995) is an experimental composer and bassist with recent work focusing on ideas of proximity, physicality, and spatial perception. He has studied with Marti Epstein, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Marek Poliks, Aaron Helgeson, Curtis K. Hughes, and Jan Swafford. In addition, he has participated in lessons, masterclasses, and workshops with Stefano Gervasoni, Vinko Globokar, Rand Steiger, and Marianthi Papalexandri-alexandri. » read more »
Maija Hynninen – composer and sound artist – incorporates in her work the human voice, live electronics and multidisciplinary performances. She writes virtuoso parts for the musicians yet captures a sense of lightness of texture. The music is often governed by linear thinking while the harmony gravitates towards quarter tones. The textures often combine noise and pitch which result in ambiguity of timbre.
Ursula Kwong-Brown (b. 1987) is a composer and media artist from New York City. Described as “atmospheric and accomplished” by The New York Times, her work has been performed in diverse venues including Carnegie Hall, le Poisson Rouge and the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in NYC, St Paul’s Chapel and Miller’s Theatre at Columbia University, and the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Jonathan’s dissertation examines the reception history of Pergolesi’s Stabat mater in the second half of the eighteenth century in order to assess how new media (public concerts, musician biography, etc) altered audiences’ affective and aesthetic engagement with music.
Kirsten S. Paige studied first at the University of Chicago (AB in Music History & Theory, 2011) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil in Musicology, 2012), before coming to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a PhD in Music History and Literature. » read more »
The music of Curtis Rumrill explores the intersection of literary form and modern chamber music. His works with writer, naturalist and visual artist Webberly Ebberly Finnich (née Zachary Webber) tell folk-like tales of animals in desperate or violent predicaments. He is also the composer of instrumental chamber music with and without electronics, works for tape, and studio compositions.
I am a third year ethnomusicology graduate student and received my BA in Music from the University of Chicago. My research focuses on how political conceptions of place are articulated and negotiated in classical Arabic music pedagogy in Jordan.
German music and secularization in the early 19th century, sacred romantic music, secular critique, history and philosophy of aesthetics, music and theology, romantic media technologies, music and belief.
Danielle Simon received a B.A. in Music and English from the University of Puget Sound in 2009 and M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2011 before entering the PhD program in Music History and Literature at UC Berkeley. She was awarded the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies from the American Academy in Rome in 2016. » read more »
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Jonathan is interested in the ways technology alters musician’s views of their own authorship. Technology is forcing, with increasing might, creative people to examine their own authority and agency. He argues for a musicology of interfaces which seeks to understand human interaction with technology more broadly.
Research Interests: South Korean Rock and Popular Music, Scenes, Race, Intercultural Collaboration, Urbanism, Performance, East Asian Modernities, South Korean Traditional Musics, Voice Studies, Organology
Research Interests: Ethiopia, Ethiopian jazz, African urbanism, the future, affective labor, cultural policy, experiences of place, phenomenology, American popular music, and coffee.
Brazilianist scholar and musician looking at pedagogy in demographically and geographically modified samba groups. Other interests include sacred Afro-Brazilian music, popular musics of Brazil and the U.S., Afro-Cuban music, critical pedagogy, critical theory.