• Evan Rapport

    Associate Professor, The Arts

    Office Location:

    Lang Annex


    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.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Music (Ethnomusicology), CUNY;
    MA, Music, CUNY;
    BMus, (Jazz Composition), Oberlin Conservatory of Music

    Professional Affiliations:

    Society for Ethnomusicology
    Society for American Music
    International Council for Traditional Music
    College Music Society

    Recent Publications:

    Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press, 2014) 

    "Prosodic Rhythm in Jewish Sacred Music: Examples from the Persian-Speaking World," Asian Music 47(1), January 2016

    “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 University Press, 2013)

    “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



    Research Interests:

    Intersections of composition and improvisation; music of Iran, Central Asia, and the United States; issues of ethnicity, race, and diaspora

    Awards And Honors:

    Center for Popular Music Studies / Rock and Roll Hall of Fame research fellowship, 2016. 

    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.

    Current Courses:

    Jazz in Its Social Contexts

    Ind Senior Project

    Punk and Noise

    Cross-Cultural Improvisation

    Independent Study

    Ind Senior Project