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Associate Professor of Music / Musicology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

Education:

  • 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 Religious Music
  • Brazilian Music in New York
  • Jazz
  • Music in Transnational Communities
  • Social Interaction in Collective Musical Improvisation
  • Music and Community Development

Publications:

  • Book:
  • Journal Articles:
    • “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: YouTube.com for Ethnomusicology,” Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 40 (2008)

Conference Presentations:

  • “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
  • 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”; 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 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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