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Oakes, Jason

(BA from Texas A&M University with a major in psychology; PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia, 2004) wrote an MA thesis entitled "The Song Remains the Same: The Negotiation of Authenticity and Identity in Rock Tribute Bands."). His dissertation titled "Losers, punks, and queers (and Elvii too): Identification and "identity" at New York City music tribute events" is on musical simulacra, representation, and mimicry, examining such phenomena as "tribute bands" and Elvis impersonators. His major area of interest is North American popular musics, but he is also interested in Japanese court and theatrical music.  read more »

Thompson, Dan

(BA in Music Theory from the University of Vermont; MA and MPhil in Ethnomusicology from Columbia) has completed and defended a dissertation on “The Role of Music in the Creation and Maintenance of Irish Identity in Late-Twentieth-Century New York City”. His primary research area is in Irish music, with secondary interests in American and British rock (particularly the Second British Invasion). Other areas of interests are music and postmodernism and music and aesthetics. Publications include: "The Ingredients of a Masterpiece", Current Musicology 65, 2002, and reviews of “Sweeney's Dream: Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland” (Smithsonian Folkways) and “Northumberland Rant: Traditional Music from the Edge of England” (Smithsonian Folkways) in Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 33, 2001. He has worked as an instructor at Columbia and Brooklyn College and as a guest lecturer at Columbia, The Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music. He has been the head editor of Current Musicology and served as acting director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia.  read more »

Minks, Amanda

has completed and defended (September 2005) her dissertation about Miskitu children's expressive practices and peer socialization on Corn Island, off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Fulbright Institute of International Education. She holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. She has served as assistant editor of The Yearbook for Traditional Music and Current Musicology. Her publications include "Growing and Grooving to a Steady Beat: Pop Music in Fifth-Graders' Social Lives", Yearbook for Traditional Music 31, 1999:77-101,and "From Children's Song to Expressive Practices: Old and New Directions in the Ethnomusicological Study of Children", Ethnomusicology 46(3): 379-408.  read more »

Novak, David E.

(B.A., East Asian Studies, 1992. Oberlin College; M.A., Ethnomusicology, 1999. Wesleyan University; Thesis: "The National and the Transnational in the Japanese Underground.") David's dissertation, defended in April 2006 (Japanoise: Transnational Media Circulation and Experimental Music), is a multi-sited ethnography (based on research funded by Fulbright, The Social Science Research Council, and The Mellon Foundation) on the circulation of experimental music between North America and Japan. The project deals with the translocal distribution of media, debates about genre, histories of international avant-garde movements, and local modes of listening and technological mediation in urban networks, showing how marginal practices can articulate critical discourses of globalization. David's other interests include Javanese gamelan, history of sound recording, Karnatic music, and film music. His performing ensembles include Habit Trail and Maestros (a country rock band and a live electroacoustic duo, respectively); the Anthony Braxton Ensemble; cut-up pop group Dymaxion, and Balinese angklung ensemble Chandra Bawana. Publications include: 1996. "Morikeba Kouyate." Liner notes to "Morikeba Kouyate: Music of Senegal" CD;Traditional Crossroads. 2000. Review of "Indonesian Guitars" CD (Smithsonian Folkways). Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 32. 2003. "The Global Circuits of Experimental Music." 6-part article, serialized in bi-monthly "C/P" magazine of Osaka City Arts Council, Osaka, Japan.  read more »
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