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Ethnomusicology

drum_and_trump.jpg During recent fieldwork, Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo took this photo of drum makers in the town of Peki Yensu, Ghana as they tested out their recent creations. These are the same makers who crafted the instruments currently in use by Pitt's African Music and Dance Ensemble. According to Kofi, the trumpet is used only for rhythmic reinforcement, and not melodically. The use of the trumpet in this context is a good example of how African communities appropriated elements of colonial influence into indigenous culture. Kofi drew...
J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo is an Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow and a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. As part of his Mellon Fellowship, Kofi has been traveling internationally to research his dissertation topic, and along the way, giving lectures and workshops. His travels have taken him to West Africa, North America, and several Asian countries (including China, Taiwan, and Thailand).
nancy_guy.jpg 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow Cosponsored by Asian Studies Center Flowing down Taiwan's Tamsui River: Towards an Ecomusicology of the Environmental Imagination What can musical evidence tell us about how people relate to and imagine their physical environments? My primary data derive from Taiwan, notable for its environmental degradation. Specifically, this talk takes performative expressions—including popular song,...
Greatest Hits in Ethnomusicology: Canon-building or Tokenism? 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow Cosponsored by Asian Studies Center
Andrew Weintraub was featured in a recent Indonesian television series produced by Voice of America. The series presented profiles of Americans with a passion for Indonesia. In August, the series aired on national and regional stations in Indonesia during Indonesian independence month. You can see the program here.
sheehy.jpg Carolina Santamaria Delgado (PhD 06, ethnomusicology) sent us photos from a conference on interdisciplinary music that she co-organized: Primer Encuentro Interdisplinario de Investigaciones Musicales (First Interdisciplinary Encounter of Music Research). She is pictured above with Dr. Daniel Sheehy from the Smithsonian Institution, one of the keynote speakers. A Professor of music at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá Colombia, Carolina writes,
“I'm very happy in Bogotá, and working at the...

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Oakland

Samir Chatterjee

 

Jasraj Institute for Music and Chhandayan present JASRANGI Presentation of Hindustani Vocal Music (Jugalbandi or duet)

 

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