Mark Lomanno

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Mark Lomanno--a Mellon Foundation/Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Swarthmore College--teaches courses in ethnomusicology, jazz, music of the African Diaspora, U.S. popular music, and Western European classical music. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Special Interest Group on Improvisation. Lomanno's research focuses on improvisation as both a musical and cultural process and its application in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-based scholarship and pedagogy. His current projects include ethnographic and performance work in the Canary Islands and a monograph on the intersections of teaching, scholarship, and musical performance in jazz studies. In addition to a longtime piano trio project, his career as a jazz pianist includes the recent recordings 'Tales and Tongues' with Le Monde Caché, a San Antonio-based jazz group that plays Brazilian, Afro-Latin and Jewish diasporic repertoire; and 'Celebrate Brooklyn II', a collaborative release of Afro-Latin jazz with Canarian saxophonist Kike Perdomo. Mark maintains a blog, "The Rhythm of Study" ( that focuses on jazz and improvised music in the arts, academia, and social advocacy.