University of Pittsburgh


Professor Bell Yung will give a talk as part of Asian Studies Center's Asia Over Lunch series on Thursday, February 3, 2011. The talk takes place at noon in room 4130 of Wesley W. Posvar Hall and is open to the public. Particpants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. About the prensentation, Yung says,

"In 1975 Hong Kong, I had a fortuitous encounter with the last of China’s professional blind singers and recorded 40 hours of his music and 10 hours of our conversation. I first reported on the project at Pitt 30 years ago. Now, after ten publications, I can share images and recording excerpts that no print publication can express with technology that did not exist at that time....

An Evening of Indian Classical Music performed by Sri Sandip Ghosh will take place at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium of University of Pittsburgh (650 Schenley Dr.) on Sunday, December 5 at 6p.m. General admission tickets are $12; students with valid ID are $8.

As they pursue their graduate studies in ethnomusicology here at Pitt, Yuko Eguchi and Benjamin Pachter are already making a significant impact on the field both locally and nationally.

Congratulations to Professor Helen Rees (PhD ’94, ethnomusicology) on her appointment as Chair of UCLA's Department of Ethnomusicology and Systematic Musicology. She will begin service on January 1, 2011.

Andrew Weintraub’s newest book, Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music has been released by Oxford University Press.

December 10, 2010 - 4:00pm

Reaching toward a Multimedia Ethnomusicology: Lessons Learned from American Taiko

November 19, 2010 - 4:00pm

Reform Reconsidered: Du Tillot’s “French Project” and Traetta’s Operas for Parma

December 4, 2010 - 2:00pm

The University of Pittsburgh campus will come alive with the music of many cultures at Pitt’s second annual Festival of World Music from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Ballroom of the William Pitt Union. The festival is free and open to the public and families are welcome.

Congratulations to Ryan Durkopp, who was awarded an Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright for the 2010-11 academic year. As part of his Fulbright, Durkopp will travel to Kankan, Guinea and conduct dissertation research. He will live and work with griot musicians for 10 months and study how their words and music shape public opinion concerning the current political situation On June 27, Guinea will hold free elections for the first time since 1958, so Durkopp's Fulbright allows him to study that nation's cultural discourse at an extraordinarliy important time.

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