Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:01pm - 9:01pm
Book Culture 536 W 112th St New York, NY 10025
Please join us Wednesday, February 22nd at 7pm for a discussion
of the Punk Ethnography, edited
by Michael Veal and E. Tammy Kim. This
talk is co-sponsored by The Center for Ethnomusicology at
Columbia University and Book Culture. It is moderated by Alessandra Ciucci from the Department of Music at Columbia University.Panelists include: Michael Veal, E. Tammy Kim, Will Glasspiegel, Rachel Lears,
and Stanley Scott. .
A critical companion to the radical DIY record
label that challenges the conventions of ethnography, representation, and the
category of “world music.”
This ground-breaking case
study examines record production as ethnographic work. Since its founding in
2003, Seattle-based record label Sublime Frequencies has produced world music
recordings that have been received as radical, sometimes problematic critiques
of the practices of sound ethnography. Founded by punk rocker brothers Alan and
Richard Bishop, along with filmmaker Hisham Mayet, the label's releases
encompass collagist sound travelogues; individual artist compilations;
national, regional and genre surveys; and DVDs all designed in a distinctive
graphic style recalling the DIY aesthetic of punk and indie rock. Sublime
Frequencies producers position themselves as heirs to canonical ethnographic
labels such as Folkways, Nonesuch, and Musique du Monde, but their aesthetic
and philosophical roots in punk, indie rock, and experimental music effectively
distinguish their work from more conventional ethnographic norms. Situated at
the intersection of ethnomusicology, sound studies, cultural anthropology, and
popular music studies, the essays in this volume explore the issues surrounding
the label including appropriation and intellectual property while providing
critical commentary and charting the impact of the label through listener
Ciucci is Assistant
Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Columbia University. Her research
interests include the music of North Africa, particular Morocco, music and
gender, sung poetry, and music and migration. She is currently working on a
monograph on music and the Moroccan migration to Italy.
Michael E. Veal is a musician and professor of ethnomusicology at Yale University. He is the author of several books,
including Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical
Icon and Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered
Songs in Jamaican Reggae.
E. Tammy Kim is a writer and member of The New Yorker's editorial staff. She previously worked
as a staff writer at Al Jazeera America and
as a social justice lawyer.
Wills Glasspiegel is
a multimedia journalist and artist with a background in music management. His
work has appeared on NPR, Fader, Vice, Dis Magazine and Afropop
Worldwide, As a manager, Glasspiegel facilitated the introduction of two
niche electronic music genres: Shangaan electro from South
Africa and bubu from Sierra Leone. He is currently a Ph.D
candidate at Yale in African-American Studies/American Studies where his work
is focused around footwork, a music and dance style from Chicago, Glasspiegel's
Rachel Lears is
a filmmaker, writer, and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first
documentary Birds of Passage (2010) explored the everyday
struggles of two Uruguayan songwriters. Her most recent documentary
project The Hand That Feeds follows an historic labor campaign
led by undocumented immigrant workers in New York City, and is supported by the
Sundance Documentary Program. She holds a Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from
New York University, and her doctoral research on media and cultural policy in
Uruguay was supported by grants from Fulbright-Hays and the American Council of
Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation. Her ongoing video art collaborations with
artist Saya Woolfolk have screened in numerous galleries and museums worldwide.
teaches Indian music at Yale and Wesleyan Universities and directs the Rangila
School of Music, serving Connecticut's South Asian community. He received the
2011 Mumbai Music Award for "contribution to the cause of Indian music by
an overseas-resident personality," and the 2001 lifetime achievement award
from New York's Cultural Association of Bengal. His recordings
include The Weaver's Song: Bhajans of North India and a major
role in Anthony Braxton's opera Trillium E. He has performed as a featured
artist at Kolkatta's Rabindra Sadhan, Mumbai's NCPA and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Delhi University, and New York's Chhandayan Institute.
The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates our colleague Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa (Ethnomusicology), whose new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia (Duke University Press, 2014) has been co-awarded the prestigious Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
The Merriam Prize recognizes "the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology" of the prior two year period.
Prof. Adriana Helbig
The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates Adriana N. Helbig, Associate Professor of Music at The University of Pittsburgh, and a 2005 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program, on the publication of her book Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration (2014, Indiana University Press).
In Hip Hop Ukraine,
Prof. Helbig enters a world of urban music and dance competitions, hip hop parties, and recording studio culture to explore unique sites of interracial encounters among African students, African immigrants, and local populations in eastern Ukraine. Adriana N. Helbig combines ethnographic research with music, media, and policy analysis to examine how localized forms of hip hop create social and political spaces where an interracial youth culture can speak to issues of human rights and racial equality. She maps the complex trajectories of musical influence—African, Soviet, American—to show how hip hop has become a site of social protest in post-socialist society and a vehicle for social change."
Biography: Prof. Adriana Helbig is Associate Professor of Music and an affiliated faculty member in Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Global Studies, and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches courses on global hip-hop, world music, music, gender, and sexuality, music and technology, and cultural policy. She is also founder and director of the Carpathian Music Ensemble, a student performance group that specializes in the music of Eastern Europe, including Jewish klezmer and Gypsy music. Her research has been funded through grants and research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Councils for International Education, IREX, and Fulbright. She has held a research fellowship at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and was an inaugural research fellow at the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her articles on Romani (Gypsy) music, postsocialist cultural policy, music and piracy, music, race, and migration, and global hip-hop have appeared in edited collections and journals such as The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Current Musicology, and Popular Music. She is the coauthor, with Oksana Buranbaeva and Vanja Mladineo, of The Culture and Customs of Ukraine (Greenwood Press, 2009).
Prof. Helbig completed her Columbia PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2005, with a dissertation entitled "Play for Me, Old Gypsy”: Music as Political Resource in the Romani Rights Movement in Ukraine, advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa.
Prof. Helbig's Personal Website
Prof. Helbig's Faculty Page at the University of Pittsburgh.
Order Hip Hop Ukraine on Amazon.com
Other ordering options available through The University of Indiana Press.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Culture, 536 W 112th St, New York, NY
You are invited to Book Culture
Tuesday, November 25th, at 7pm for the launch of Prof. Ana María Ochoa Gautier's
new book, Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia,
published by Duke University Press
Tuesday, Nov. 25th, 7:00pmLocation: Book Culture (event link here)
536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025
Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier explores how listening has been central to the production of notions of language, music, voice, and sound that determine the politics of life. Drawing primarily from nineteenth-century Colombian sources, Ochoa Gautier locates sounds produced by different living entities at the juncture of the human and nonhuman. Her "acoustically tuned" analysis of a wide array of texts reveals multiple debates on the nature of the aural. These discussions were central to a politics of the voice harnessed in the service of the production of different notions of personhood and belonging. In Ochoa Gautier's groundbreaking work, Latin America and the Caribbean emerge as a historical site where the politics of life and the politics of expression inextricably entangle the musical and the linguistic, knowledge and the sensorial.Ana María Ochoa Gautier
is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. She is the author of several books and many articles.
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Duke University Press - November 21st, 2014
Prof. Lila Ellen Gray presents her new book, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Duke Univ. Press) at Book CultureWednesday, April 9th, 20147:00pmFree and Open to the Public@ Book Culture536 W 112th St., NYC (Btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam Aves.)(212) 865-1588http://www.bookculture.com
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates Professor Ellen Gray on the publication of her book Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Duke
University Press). This ethnography of fado, Portugal's most celebrated
popular music genre, shows how a musical genre can sediment, circulate,
and transform affect, sonorously rendering history and place as soulful
and feeling as public.
The book's introduction is currently available for preview and free download on Scribd.
"Lila Ellen Gray positions Lisbon's amateur fado scene
in terms of all the contestation about what fado is and where the
action is taking place. This positioning is a unique and valuable
contribution to music ethnography, and Gray does major and convincing
intellectual work arguing for 'amateur' scenes as paths into the deepest
musical and ethnographic understandings of genre, style, performance,
poesis, and the ways that sociality is lived and experienced through
sound."—Steven Feld, author of Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana
in the USA can receive a 20% discount on the book when ordering
directly from Duke University Press (use code P13GRAY at checkout).
In Europe, the book is available through Combined Academic Publishers with a 30% discount (use the code CS1113FADO).
In Lisbon, the book is available at the bookstore Fabula Urbis:
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(Tulane University) has just published Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans
(with artwork by Willie Birch)Roll With It
is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of musicians in the Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8 brass bands of New Orleans. The gripping narrative moves with the band members from back street to backstage, before and after Hurricane Katrina, always in step with the tap of the snare drum, the thud of the bass drum, and the boom of the tuba.Matt Sakakeeny
is an ethnomusicologist and journalist, New Orleans resident and musician. An Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University, he initially moved to New Orleans to work as a co-producer of the public radio program American Routes. He earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in 2008, where his field research was funded by the National Science Foundation. Read the introduction to Roll With It on Scribd
.Roll With It also features a supplementary website
Published by Duke University Press in their Refiguring American Music Series
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