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We would like to invite you to a Book Presentation & Signing event for Dr. Alonso-Minutti’s co-edited collection of essays, Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives in Latin Americapublished by Oxford University Press earlier this year.

We are very excited to have the extraordinary opportunity to have the two co-editors, Alejandro L. Madrid (Professor, Cornell University), and Eduardo Herrera (Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), also present at the event, as well as a number of contributors who will be in town attending the national meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

After the presentation, please join us for a reception afterwards, sponsored by the Latin American and Iberian Institute.

Heterophony: Texture, Technique, and Social Commentary

This lecture is in two parts: the first draws from my research on the 1960s jazz avant-garde and musicians’ interests in heterophonic musical textures. For the second part, I perform original music that utilizes heterophony and “noise” in a solo electronic and improvised format.

The Gay West: From Drug Store Cowboys to Rodeo Queens

The masculine ideal represented by the American cowboy is variously interpreted by spectators, dancers, musicians, and contestants at gay rodeos and country western dances across the U.S. Examining embodied gender practices within these communities, this talk articulates the sonic, social, and geographical spaces of the gay American West.

The Cruelty of Jazz: Toward a Hemispheric Politics of Sound

Rooted in concepts of affect and Empire, this paper argues that jazz operated in various 20th century Latin American settings as a vital touchstone bearing the risks and benefits of urban modernization, hemispheric geopolitics, and transnational cultural production, “cruelly” echoing the United States’ cultural, political, and economic dominance in the hemisphere and beyond. 

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