Ian Goldstein

  • Ethnomusicology

I am currently a PhD Candidate specializing in the musics of the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, as well as in American Roots genres. As a scholar, teacher, and performer, I am interested in embodied and social cognition—how musicians learn and think through their bodies, as well as in relation to others—and in the relationship between musical thinking and collective memory, particularly in the Western Mediterranean.

My dissertation research, supported by the Social Science Research Council’s IDRF, as well as by a Fulbright fellowship, concerns contemporary, intercultural musical collaborations in Spain and Morocco. I explore how musicians experience a sense of connection between disparate styles, based on their understanding of a shared cultural heritage linking both sides of the Gibraltar Strait, and how this encounter nourishes the acquisition of new musical abilities, illuminates a set of interactive possibilities within an ensemble, inspires novel forms of musical creativity, and ultimately seeks to reshape the landscape of social memory in the Iberian Peninsula.

A teacher and performer on mandolin and guitar, player of oud, and vocalist, I hold an MA in Music from Tufts University (2010), and a BA in Politics from Brandeis University (1999). 

Publications:  “Music and Cognition,” in Oxford Bibliographies.

“Zaide and the Poet King of Seville.” Journal of Arab Music Research 1. (forthcoming)

Research Interests: Embodied and social music cognition; intercultural collaboration; collective memory; music and cultural history of the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, Spain, U.S.A.; plucked-lute chordophones, the psychology of music teaching & learning.

You can reach me at: iangoldstein@berkeley.edu