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

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

Feminist Theory and Music Conference in San Francisco


This past July, fellow music theory PhD candidate Steve Lett and I attended the Feminist Theory and Music (FTM) conference hosted by San Francisco State University. Featured in the same session, we presented papers centered on rethinking early feminist music theory’s contributions to our discipline. Steve’s paper was titled “Depoliticizing Experience: Music Theory after the … Continue reading Feminist Theory and Music Conference in San Francisco

William van Geest, Brandeis Journal of Musicology publication


Early this summer, William van Geest had an article, entitled “New Perspectives on Meter in Webern’s Opp. 5, 11, and 29,” published in the inaugural issue of the Brandeis Journal of Musicology. William originally presented this paper at the 2015 Musicology Conference of the Brandeis University Department of Music Graduate Student Society. A summary of … Continue reading William van Geest, Brandeis Journal of Musicology publication

The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research


  It’s certainly not a traditional starting place for research, but when it comes to studying nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America, http://www.ancestry.com is an indispensable resource. In studying singers who performed opera in the American Old West, it has supplied me with documents including ship manifests, birth and death records, censuses, and wills and testaments. Such … Continue reading The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research