Ethnomusicology

Mariam Shalaby on Qur'anic Recitation Among Pittsburgh Egyptian Muslims

Our guest for this episode of the Music at Pitt Podcast is recent graduate Mariam Shalaby. Mariam graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a BPhil in Music through the Honors College and Department of Music and a BS in Natural Sciences. She is a first generation Egyptian American now in her second year at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.

Podcast: Jay Arms and Julie Wachtel on Discovering Gamelan

Our guests on this edition of the Music at Pitt Podcast are Ethnomusicology Visiting Lecturer Jay Arms and undergraduate Music Major Julie Wachtel. Jay leads the University Gamelan and Julia is a member of the gamelan and wrote a research paper about her experience of learning about gamelan music and performance. We begin the podcast with an excerpt from the University Gamelan’s April 2019 performance of Bima Mobos, a piece about Bima, one of the pandawa brothers from the Mahabarata.

Podcast: Adriana Helbig on Prison Sounds

Our guest for this podcast is Adriana Helbig, Associate professor of  Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music. Professor Helbig is an expert on the music of Eastern Europe and was the founder of Pitt’s Carpathian Music Ensemble. Her book Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race and African Migration is the first ethnographically based analysis of hip-hop in Ukraine and stems from long-term research among Ukrainian and African musicians in Ukraine and Uganda.