PhD, Music (Ethnomusicology), CUNY;
MA, Music, CUNY;
BMus, (Jazz Composition), Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Assistant Professor, EthnomusicologyProfile:
I believe that composing, performing, writing, listening, and discussing are interrelated ways of engaging with music. I am fascinated by the different repertoires, compositional techniques, and performance styles that people have cultivated around the world. As a saxophonist and composer, I take great pleasure in unfamiliar situations and new aesthetic experiences.Courses Taught:
Punk and NoiseRecent Publications:
Hip-Hop: Skills, Style, Science
NYC: Musical Diasporas
Music and Mysticism
Music in Jewish Life
Global Perspectives on Music
How Race Defines American Music
“Hearing Punk as Blues.” Popular Music 33(1), January 2014
“New York: Ethnic Music.” The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett (Oxford 2013
“The Music of Bukharan Jews.” In Bukharan Jews: The Jewish Community of Central Asia, edited by Moshe Gammer and Julia Rubanovich (Ben-Zvi Institute), in press
“Performance Styles of a Bukharian Singer.” In Garment and Core: Jews and their Musical Experiences, edited by Eitan Avitsur, Marina Ritzarev, and Edwin Seroussi, 101–112 (Bar Ilan University), 2012
“Bill Finegan’s Gershwin Arrangements and the American Concept of Hybridity.” Journal of the Society for American Music 2(4), November 2008
Critical Minded: New Approaches to Hip Hop Studies, co-edited with Ellie M. Hisama (Institute for Studies in American Music), 2005.
Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press), in press.
Tues. 11-12, Wed. 12-1, and by appointmentEmail:email@example.comResearch Interests:
Intersections of composition and improvisation; music of Iran, Central Asia, and the United States; issues of ethnicity, race, and diasporaProfessional Affiliations:
Society for Ethnomusicology Awards and Honors:
Society for American Music
International Council for Traditional Music
College Music Society
Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica, Center for Jewish
Studies, Harvard University, 2012-2013.
Dorot Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Skirball Department of
Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, 2007-2008.Goldie and David Blanksteen
Dissertation Award in Jewish Studies, Center for Jewish Studies (CUNY), 2006.