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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
March 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 8

Ethnomusicologists to speak at music, sound lecture series


By Greg Johnston

Anthropology’s Music and Sound lecture series will feature four visiting contemporary ethnomusicologists beginning March 24.

All talks begin at 3:30 p.m. in UNM’s Hibben Center, rm. 105 followed by receptions.

The series is presented in conjunction with a current course taught by Steven Feld, UNM professor of anthropology and music. “I wanted to teach a course with the best contemporary thinking in the field,” Feld said. Each presenter is the author of a textbook used in his class.

The lecture series is made possible with support from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Events are as follows:

  • March 24 – Charles Kiel
    Kiel is professor emeritus of American Studies at SUNY, Buffalo, N.Y. His book “Urban Blues,” is said to have changed African American music scholarship. His latest book is “Bright Balkan Morning: Romany Lives and the Power of Music in Greek Macedonia.” The book is an inquiry into how music tells a unique story of the conjuncture of Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian and Macedonian histories from the Romany point of view.
  • April 7 – Aaron Fox
    Fox is associate professor of music and director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. He is the author of “Real Country: Music and Language in Working Class Culture.” The book renders the everyday life of Lockhart, Texas in detail, down to the technical skills of local musical legends, the battered guitars and the ice-cold beer.
  • April 21 – Keila Diehl
    Diehl is assistant professor of anthropology at Stanford University and is author of “Echoes from Dharmsala: Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community.” A musician and anthropologist, Diehl played keyboards and traveled through India with the Yak band, a premier group of Tibetan exile rock ‘n’ rollers. She documented the remarkable ways music maps a Tibetan refugee history of generations of longing, hope, horror, suffering and survival. 
  • May 5 – Louise Meintjes
    Meintjes is associate professor of music at Duke University. She is the author of “Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio.” Musically and socially active, Meintjes investigates the power and meaning of race and gender through the lives of Zulu musicians and producers who work in South Africa’s recording studios. Her studies take on the theme of creativity under constraint and span the time period before and after apartheid.