I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of London, SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies), under the supervision of Prof. Keith Howard in the Music Department. My research explores the social and musical dimensions of jew’s harp revival communities that have been developing worldwide since the late twentieth century at festivals as well as online. My work is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the jew’s harp communities of Norway, Austria, and Sicily, as well as research in museums and archives and analysis of online interaction. I use the jew’s harp revival to explore current issues including the safeguarding of cultural heritage, the redefinition of musical styles, canons, and instruments in response to globalization, and the negotiation of identity and community in the digital age. My doctoral research is supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and a SOAS Research Scholarship.
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Speaking in Tongues: Music, Identity, and Representation in Jew’s Harp Communities (expected early 2017).
"Speaking in Tongues: A multi-sited 'insider' ethnography of the international jew’s harp revival." Institute for Musical Research, "Researching Music: Interviewing, Ethnography, and Oral History", Senate House, London, June 6, 2016.
"Revival/Continuation: Paradigms of transmission and boundaries of knowledge in the Norwegian munnharpe smithing tradition.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology & Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, July 2 – 5, 2015.
“Excavating Heritage: The Jew’s harp revivals of Norway, Austria, and Sicily.” International Study Group on Music Archaeology 9th symposium, “Sound – Object – Culture – History”, Ethnological Museum, Berlin, September 13, 2014.
“Breathing Life to Iron: Audio recordings and the (re)making of the Jew’s harp virtuoso.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology & Analytical Approaches to World Music conference, “Analysis, Cognition, Ethnomusicology”, SOAS, University of London, July 1, 2014.
“Harnessing Participation: Social media as living cultural archive in the international Jew’s harp community.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology and ICTM-Ireland joint conference, “Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age”, Queen’s University, Belfast. April 6, 2013.
“Hearing Balinese Genggong: the Jew’s harp and the anthropology of musical instruments.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, “Making Sound Objects”, Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. November 24, 2012.
Ethnomusicology, Anthropology of Music, Ethnography, Applied Ethnomusicology, Anthropology of the Body, Music and identity, Musicology, Organology, Musical Instruments, Material Culture Studies, Music analysis, World Music Pedagogy, Music Education, Music Psychology, Music and Language, Breath - Body - Voice, Body in Performance, Participatory Research, Cultural Musicology, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology of Music, Overtone Singing and Harmonics, Vowel harmony, Trance, Shamanism, Drone-Based Music, Clowning, Performance As Research, Festivalization, Popular Music Studies, Sound archives, European Studies, Ethnography (Research Methodology), Ethnographic Methods, Digital Ethnography, Ethnographic fieldwork, Folk Music, Folk Music Revivals, Norwegian folk music, Traditional Music, Arts Administration (Specializing In Music), Ethnographic Film, Jew's Harp, Jaw Harp, Mouth harp, Vargan, Khomus, Maultrommel, Munnharpe,Scacciapensieri, Marranzano, Brumle,Doromb, Dan Moi, Genggong, Sicily, Austria, and Norway