SMR Members at SMT Annual Meeting

Several SMR members attended the recent annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Arlington, VA. Three of these presented four papers between themselves: Josh Devries presented his paper entitled “HOPE (George Crumb's Black Angels)” at the inaugural meeting of the Archival and Autograph Documents Interest Group. This session was comprised of 10-minute "Lightning … Continue reading SMR Members at SMT Annual Meeting

SMR Members at the SEM Annual Meeting

Recently, several ethnomusicologists from U-M traveled to Denver, CO for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (Oct 26–29). Two SMR members, James McNally and Ho Chak Law, presented papers at this conference. James's paper explores vissungo songs from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and Ho Chak's paper examines a musical arrangement by … Continue reading SMR Members at the SEM Annual Meeting

U-M Ethnomusicology Represents at the 2017 Chicago Marathon

Last weekend, Ho Chak Law raced in the Chicago Marathon. He finished in a personal best of 2:58.10, placing him in the top 150 runners in a rather competitive age bracket (see below for results). This time qualifies him to run other marathons, including the Boston. But don't bother looking for Ho Chak training around … Continue reading U-M Ethnomusicology Represents at the 2017 Chicago Marathon

never twice the same // an audiovisual recital

UPDATE: Check out videos from the live performance An acute sense of belonging nowhere 9 pieces for piano and electronics Relearn/(unlearn) never twice the same is a performance created in collaboration with LA-based filmmaker Lynn Hong, Berkeley/St. Louis-based poet David Alejandro Hernandez, and Vancouver/Ann Arbor–based new-media artist Kiran Bhumber. The program explores traumatic memory and … Continue reading never twice the same // an audiovisual recital

Oktoberfest at Cultivate

SMR members celebrated that great American tradition of Oktoberfest this past weekend in the lovely setting of Cultivate in Ypsilanti. Bratwursts, potato salad, and various brewed beverages were consumed, and the unseasonably warm weather permitted the playing of various lawn games (certainly native to Oktoberfest). Unfortunately our photographer was too slow to catch Rihanna's dirndl … Continue reading Oktoberfest at Cultivate

Innovation and Improvisation in São Paulo, Brazil

This July and August, I spent time in São Paulo, Brazil conducting follow-up research for my dissertation, “São Paulo Underground: Musical Innovation and Independent Cultural Production in Urban Brazilian Experimental Music Practice.” The project investigates an independently organized scene of experimentally oriented musicians from a variety of styles, ranging from hardcore punk to free improvisation … Continue reading Innovation and Improvisation in São Paulo, Brazil

Re-approaching a Hollywood Film Musical through 1950s Hong Kong Newspaper Advertisements

In early June this summer, I visited the Special Collections of the Hong Kong University Main Library, conducting archival research on the reception of particular Hollywood musical films and their Cantonese remakes through studying Hong Kong newspaper advertisements (in Chinese and English) from the 1950s. I was working on one of my three dissertation chapters … Continue reading Re-approaching a Hollywood Film Musical through 1950s Hong Kong Newspaper Advertisements