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Marc Gidal

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November 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Dec 06

Associate Professor of Music / Musicology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Music/Ethnomusicology, Harvard University
  • M.A., Music/Ethnomusicology, Tufts University
  • B.S., Religious Studies, University of Oregon

Courses Offered:

Research Interests:

  • Afro-Brazilian and Brazilian religious music
  • Brazilian music in New York
  • Jazz and Brazilian jazz fusions
  • Music and symbolic boundary studies
  • Music and globalization, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism
  • Music and multiculturalism/interculturalism


  • Book:
  • Journal Articles:
    • “Musical Fusion as Contextualized Boundary-Play: Samba Jazz in New York City,” Americas: A Hemispheric Music Journal, vol. 29, “Borders/Boundaries/Fronteras” (2020), 52-72
    • “Transnationalising Brazilian ritual music: Quimbanda in Argentina and Charismatic Catholicism in the USA,” Civilisations, vol. 67, “Sounding religious transnationalism” (2018)
    • “Catholic Music in Lusophone New Jersey: Circum-Atlantic Music, Intergroup Dynamics, and Immigrant Struggles in Transnational Communities,” American Music, vol. 34, no. 2 (2016)
    • “Musical Boundary-Work: Ethnomusicology, Symbolic Boundary Studies, and Music in the Afro-Gaucho Religious Community of Southern Brazil,” Ethnomusicology, vol. 58, no. 1 (2014)
    • “Musical and Spiritual Innovation, Participation, and Control in Umbanda and Quimbanda Religions of Brazil,” Ethnomusicology Forum, vol. 22, no. 2 (2013)
    • “Contemporary ‘Latin American’ Composers of Art Music in the United States: Cosmopolitans Navigating Multiculturalism and Universalism,” Latin American Music Review, vol. 31, no. 1 (2010)
  • Encyclopedia Articles:
    • “Symbolic Associations” and “Spiritualism and Spiritism” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, ed. by Janet L. Sturman (SAGE Publications, 2019)
  • Reviews:
    • Jazz Worlds/World Jazz edited by Bohlman, Philip V. and Goffredo Plastino (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016) in Jazz and Culture, vol. 3, no. 1 (2020)
    • Afro-Brazilian Music: a Bibliographic Guide by John Gray (African Diaspora Press, 2014) in Fontes Artis Musicae, vol. 63, no. 3 (July-September, 2016)
    • Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil by Marc A. Hertzman (Duke University Press: 2013) in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, vol. 71, no. 3 (March 2015)
    • “Review Essay: for Ethnomusicology,” Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 40 (2008)

Conference Presentations:

  • “Transnational Polymusicality in Boundary-Spanning: Brazilian Jazz Fusions in New York City,” Symposium (hybrid): “Boundaries, Borderlands, and Belonging,” Institute for Ethnomusicology, Reiterkaserne-Kunst Universität Graz (KUG), Austria, September 10, 2022.
  • “When multiple swing feels comingle: Alternations, adjustments, hints, and overlaps of samba and jazz swing feels in Brazilian jazz played in New York City,” Analytical Approaches to World Music, Annual Conference (hybrid), University of Sheffield, UK, June 15, 2022
  • “Ruth Finnegan’s ‘Pathways’ Globalised: Interpreting Professional Musicians in Contemporary New York City,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference (hybrid), Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, April 10, 2022
  • “Trinational Musical Circulations: Professional Musicians between Japan, Israel, Brazil, and the United States,” LASA/Asia Virtual Congress, Latin American Studies Association and East Asian Network of Latin American Studies, February 18, 2022
  • “Musical Fusion as Contextualized Boundary-Play: Samba Jazz in New York City,” Symposium: “Borders/ Boundaries/ Fronteras: Rethinking American Music,” American Music Research Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, October 15, 2021
  • Roundtable organizer and presenter: “Brazilian Musicians in Six Countries Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis” (Brazil, Portugal, Germany, England, U.S.A., and Canada), Latin American Studies Association, Virtual Congress, May 26, 2021
  • “Multiple Swing Feels in Hybrid Music: Evaluating Microtimings of Brazilian and North American Swing Feels in Brazilian Jazz,” Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 7, 2020; and Society for American Music, Annual Conference, Virtual, June 10, 2021
  • Panel co-organizer: “Recontexualizing Afro-Latin Religious Music”; presenter: “Recontextualizing Candomblé music and dance in collegiate workshops in the U.S.,” Latin American Studies Association, Boston, May 26, 2019
  • “Structurally Compatible, Stylistically Distinct: Cultivating Bossa Nova/Samba Jazz in New York City’s Jazz Scene,” Global Musics and Musical Communities Conference, UCLA, May 11, 2019
  • “Comparing the transnationlization of religious ritual music: two Brazilian case studies,” Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, March 25, 2018
  • “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”; 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 organizer: “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
  • Pomba gira como alabê: mudanças na música e participaçã na Quimbanda e nas hierarquias musicais no sul do Brasil,” I Jornada de Etnomusicologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, 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
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