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Ethno Muse Ecology – Graduate Student Voice(lessness), Part 1

The title of this blog—“Ethno Muse Ecology”—comes from Nazir Jairazbhoy’s joking etiology of “ethnomusicology” as the study of the tenth Athenian muse, the “ethno muse.” I’ll be using it for more general thoughts about ethnomusicology itself, distinguishing it from my fieldwork blog (

CD Review: "Ends of the Earth"

La cantautora estadounidense Emily Pinkerton vino nuevamente a Chile hace pocas semanas. Según comentaba es la sexta vez que anda por acá desde que decidió conocer el país a mediados de los 90. Razones no le faltaban: había nacido en la localidad de Valparaiso (sin tilde) en el estado de Indiana, un pueblo creado en Estados Unidos durante el siglo XIX e inspirado en la ciudad chilena, por esos años un lugar clave para el comercio marítimo.

Singing Against Apartheid: An Audio Essay

Based on ethnographic field research conducted in 2008, this audio essay discusses the integral role of song in the South African anti-apartheid movement (1948-1994) as seen through the eyes of two black women. Gloria Piliso and Nobulumko Bongco, both Xhosa residents of King Williams Town, South Africa, experienced apartheid and participated in the anti-apartheid movement.

CD Review: "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" and "Flip the Script"

Two new CDs out by contemporary jazz leaders Branford Marsalis and Orrin Evans, "Four MFs Plain' Tunes" and "Flip the Script," offer a pair of unique takes on what it means to swing in the 21st century. Both are assertive, interactive, and powerful statements, but it's what makes them different that Alex W. Rodriguez finds particularly fascinating.

Review of Birds of Fire by Kevin Fellezs

Nelson Schwenke y el Inicio de la Leyenda del Sur

La muerte de Nelson Schwenke, ocurrida hace algunas semanas, dio pie para que se reuniera en su funeral buena parte de lo más destacado del canto popular chileno de diversas generaciones.

Bluegrass and Old Time at UCLA

World music performance ensembles have played a key role in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology ever since Mantle Hood declared that its students should be bi-musical. Hood meant that researchers should be fluent in both European classical music theory and whatever other musical idiom they studied; fluent not only as thinkers and writers but also as performing musicians.

A Report from SEMSCHC 2012

This past weekend (Feb. 25, 2012) saw another enjoyable annual conference of the Southern California and Hawai’i Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEMSCHC). This region—whose acronym the UC Riverside students have taken to pronouncing as “some such”—has seen increasing attendance in the past few years.

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