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

Exploring Music and Reform at MedRen 2017

Greetings from London, where I’m wrapping up a year of archival research for my dissertation! In early July, I presented some of this work at MedRen, the annual musicological conference dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music, which this year was held in Prague. My paper, entitled “Negotiating Edward VI’s Reformation: Music and Religious Change in … Continue reading Exploring Music and Reform at MedRen 2017

U-M Music Theory PhDs at EuroMAC 2017

Music Theory PhD students James DiNardo and William van Geest recently participated in the Ninth European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC). James DiNardo, in his paper entitled “Grappling with Form and Function in Mozart's ‘Great’ C-Minor Mass,” adopted both sonata-theoretic and form-functional perspectives to shed light on two movements from Mozart’s mass, suggesting how approaches to … Continue reading U-M Music Theory PhDs at EuroMAC 2017

Meeting Guys & Dolls at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

I recently had a fruitful three-day whirlwind visit to New York, where I spent bulk of my time at the NYPL for the Performing Arts viewing sketches, conductor’s scores, early scripts and lyric drafts, and programs (among other items) from Guys & Dolls, with an eye toward tracing some of the textual changes in the … Continue reading Meeting Guys & Dolls at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Vivian Luong, MTO article publication

Earlier this week, Vivian Luong had an article published in Music Theory Online (see abstract below). According to the Editor's Message, Vivian's article is one of five essays on feminist music theory "that help to question the moulds and patterns of our system of indoctrination." The CFP for this special half-issue on feminist music theory … Continue reading Vivian Luong, MTO article publication