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Associate Professor of Music / Musicology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7293
  • Email: mgidal@ramapo.edu
  • Office: A-202
  • Office Hours: M 1:15-2:00, W 11:15-12:00 & 3:00-4:00, R 1:15-2:00

Education:

  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.A., Tufts University
  • B.S., University of Oregon

Courses Offered:

Research Interests:

  • Afro-Brazilian Religious Music
  • Music in Transnational Brazilian Communities
  • Social Interaction in Collective Musical Improvisation
  • Music and Community Development

Publications:

  • Spirit Song: Afro-Brazilian Religious Music and Boundaries, (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • “Catholic Music in Lusophone New Jersey: Circum-Atlantic Music, Intergroup Dynamics, and Immigrant Struggles in Transnational Communities,” American Music 34/2 (2016)
  • “Musical Boundary-Work: Ethnomusicology, Symbolic Boundary Studies, and Music in the Afro-Gaucho Religious Community of Southern Brazil,” Ethnomusicology 58/1 (2014)
  • “Musical and Spiritual Innovation, Participation, and Control in Umbanda and Quimbanda Religions of Brazil,” Ethnomusicology Forum 22/2 (2013)
  • “Contemporary ‘Latin American’ Composers of Art Music in the United States: Cosmopolitans Navigating Multiculturalism and Universalism,” Latin American Music Review, 31/1 (2010)
  • “Symbolic Associations” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, ed. by Janet L. Sturman (SAGE Publications, forthcoming 2017)
  • “Flutes and Violins, Bossa Nova and Jazz Swing: Arranging Jobim in the United States,” book chapter in Brazil’s Northern Wave: Fifty Years of Bossa Nova in the United States, edited by Jason Stanyek and Frederick Moehn, Oxford University Press, under contract
  • “Review Essay: YouTube.com for Ethnomusicology,” Yearbook for Traditional Music, 40 (2008)

Conference Presentations:

  • “Jorge Continentino’s Pifanology: Collective Improvisation of Roots-Based Brazilian Music in Greenwich Village,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November 11, 2016
  • “Southern Sounds of Ogum: Music, Ethnicity, and Afro-Brazilian Religions in Rio Grande do Sul,” Brazilian Studies Association, International Congress, Brown University, April 2, 2016
  • “Miho and ‘Mamiko’ in Brazil: Japanese-Brazilian Musical Collaborations and Representations via New York City,” Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, University of Virginia, March 6, 2016; and Latin American Studies Association, Annual Congress, New York City, May 27-30, 2016
  • “Porous Boundaries in a Divided Ironbound: Brazilian Catholic Music in the Lusophone Churches of Newark, New Jersey,” Latin American Studies Association, Annual Congress, Chicago, May 22, 2014
  • Axé, Vibration, and Religious Work: Conceptualizing Musical Contributions to Batuque and Umbanda Religions in Southern Brazil,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 14, 2013
  • “Discomfort, accessibility, and intercultural competence when an Afro-Brazilian folkloric ensemble comes to campus in suburban America,” First International Symposium on Latin American Music, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, February 22, 2013
  • Panel presenter, “50 Years of Bossa Nova in the United States,” American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for Music Theory, Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 1, 2012
  • “Audible Boundary-Work: ‘Crossing’ and ‘Purifying’ Afro-Gaucho Religions
    through Sound and Music,” Society for Ethnomusicology and Congress on
    Research in Dance, Joint Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 20, 2011
  • Panel Co-organizer: “Other Brazils: Musicians Renegotiating Tensions in the Peripheries”; presenter: “Controlling Syncretism while Embracing Eclecticism: Boundary-work and the Mono-directional Flow of Music in Afro-Gaucho Religion,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, Los Angeles, November 11-14, 2010
  • Panel Co-organizer: “Roma and their Spirits in Brazil: Exclusion and Empowerment”; coordinated colleagues from Brazil, Germany, and the U.S.; presenter: “Flamenco Pop as Liturgical Music: Transnational Symbols, Self-Essentializing, and Romani-Brazilian Empowerment in a Public Umbanda Celebration,” Latin American Studies Association, Annual Congress, Toronto, Canada, October 2010
  • “Leveraging Diasporas Locally: Musical Innovation, Self-Essentializing, and Race Politics in Umbanda Celebrations from Southern Brazil,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, Mexico City, November, 2009
  • Pomba Gira as Alabê in the Quimbanda Religion: evolving spirits, changing musical participation, and challenging hierarchies in southern Brazil,” Latin American Studies Association, Annual Congress, Rio de Janeiro, June, 2009
  • Panel organize:, “Musical Interaction and Time in Afro-Latin Religious Performance”; presenter, “Exu as Alabê: transforming Quimbanda performance and challenging religious hierarchies in southern Brazil,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, Wesleyan University, October 2008
  • “Listening for Place, Marketing Identity: Latin American Composers of New Music in the U.S.” Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association, Annual Conference, University of Texas at Austin, February 2007
  • “Jam Sessions in the Boston Improvisation Scene: Building and Binding a Musical Community with Free Improvisation,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa, November 2006
  • Didá Escola de Música and Afro-Bahian Women’s Empowerment,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch, Annual Conference, University of Virginia, November 2004

Invited Publications and Presentations:

  • Liner notes for “Pensar Geométrico al Trasluz” (flute, cello, percussion) by Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, in Just in Time Now and Then, Living Artist Recordings, Vol. 13 (2009)
  • “Culture as Resource for Community Development or Culturalisms? Case Studies of Afro-Brazilian Music,” presented to Barr Foundation Fellows (community leaders), Boston, April 28, 2009
  • Pomba gira como alabê: mudanças na música e participaçã na Quimbanda e nas hierarquias musicais no sul do Brasil,” presented in Portuguese, I Jornada de Etnomusicologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, 2008
  • Pre-concert talks on contemporary Latin American art music, The Juilliard School and Harvard University, May 2006

Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Grants:

  • Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship in the Humanities, Whiting Foundation, 2009-10
  • John F. Loeb Fellowship, Harvard Divinity School, 2009
  • William Mitch Fund Award, Harvard University, 2005-06, 2008-09
  • Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2007-08
  • Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2007-08
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