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Society for Ethnomusicology, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting
Mahwah, NJ, March 2003

24th Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for

28-29. March 2003

Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

Friday 28. March

12:00-1:00: Registration

1:00: Welcoming and Opening Remarks

Kyra D. Gaunt (NYU, MACSEM President)
Kai Fikentscher (Ramapo College, Local Arrangements Chair)

1:15-2:45 Session I

"Looking for an Echo:  Doo-wop and the Oldies Circuit"
John Runowicz (NYU)

"An Example of Musical Syncretism: The Emigration of Neapolitan Popular
Song to the United States at the Beginning of the 20th Century"
Simona Frasca (Calandra Italian-American Institute-CUNY & University of
Naples-Federico II)

"Not Your Grandfather's Music: Tsugaru Shamisens Latest Boom in Japan"
Michael S. Peluse (Wesleyan University) 


3:00-4:00 Session II

"Black Music in a Multicultural Colombia"
Michael Birenbaum Quintero (NYU)

"Sounding Female, Looking Masculine: Female Masculinity in Film Scores"
Paula Matthusen (NYU)

5:00- 7:00 Dinner

7:00-9:00 Performance: Grupo Naidy 

Saturday 29. March 2003

8:00-9:00 Registration & Coffee and Bagels

9:00-10:30: Session III

"Long Way From Home: South Africa, Jazz, and Exile in New York in the 1960s"
Brett Pyper (NYU)

"Towards Electricity: Miles Davis' Transition from Acoustic to Electric Ensembles"
Tom Zlabinger (CUNY-Graduate Center)

"Mbalax: The Mediation of Modern Senegalese Identites"
Tim Magin (Columbia University)


10:45-12:15: Session IV

"The Uzhhorod National Roma Theater: Performing Gypsy Identity in Ukraine"
Adriana Helbig (Columbia University)

"Conflict of Interests: Traditional Music and the Youth in Ghanaian
Educational System"
Eric O. Beeko (University of Pittsburgh)

"Ethnomusicology as a Political Act:
Nicaraguan Song and Ethnomusicology and Social Justice Work"
Eric Martin Usner (NYU)

12:15-2:00: LUNCH (Provided by MACSEM)

2:00-3:00: Open Forum Discussion on Ethnomusicology, Music and Politics
 (Kyra Gaunt, NYU, Moderator)


3:15: Keynote: Vijay Iyer
"The Musician-Scholar: Musicking and the World of Ideas"

4:30: Business Meeting


About Vijay Iyer, 2003  MACSEM Keynote Speaker
Vijay Iyer is a pianist-composer-improvisor based in New York.  He tours
internationally as a bandleader and solo artist, and has released four critically
acclaimed albums of original music.  He has also collaborated extensively with
renowned artists such as Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Amiri Baraka, Butch
Morris, Greg Tate, Miya Masaoka, Mike Ladd, Imani Uzuri, and Trichy Sankaran.  
Vijay has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in a self-styled interdisciplinary program in
Technology and the Arts; his research has covered issues in cognitive science,
ethnomusicology, jazz studies, and performance studies.  As a composer and
performer, he is the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Arts
International, New York State Council on the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable
Trust, and Creative Capital.  Vijay was recently selected as a recipient of the
2003 Alpert Award in the Arts.

About Grupo Naidy
Grupo Naidy is based in Cali, Colombia, and specializes in the music of Colombia's
Pacific coast, the only black marimba tradition in the Americas.  Led by
percussionist Maky Lopez, Naidy also comprises veteran cantaora (singer) Juana
Maria Angulo and master marimbero Jose Antonio Torres (known as "Gualajo"). Their
repertoire includes secular dance and religious music such as curulalo, juga,
arrullo, and salve.  Grupo Naidy was the winner of Best Conjunto de Marimba in the
2001 Annual Festival Petronio Alvarez of Pacifc Music in Cali.  Mr. Lopez has
toured internationally with the fusion group Grupo Bahia.  Mr. Torres, from the
famous Torres musical family of the town of Guapi, has played for the President of
France and the Colombian National Assembly, for whom he interpreted the national
anthem on the marimba for the first time. Torres is a professor at the Antonio
Maria Valencia conservatory in Cali.  Juana Angulo, also of Guapi, has been
involved in folkloric music for many years and is the owner of the Cevicheria
Guapi, a local restaurant that serves as a primary venue for the music of the
Pacific in Cali.  Angulo was awarded the National Prize for Oral, Black, and Roots
Literature by the federal Culture Ministry (COLCULTURA).  Grupo Naidy plays and
conducts music and dance workshops frequently in Colombia.  The Pacific folklore
of Grupo Naidy has never before been presented in this country.


Below the link to the bus schedule to and from Ramapo campus:

The website of Ramapo College:
Special discount: single/double rate $109.00
This is a full service hotel with restaurants, pool, gift shop, etc.
Individuals must make their reservations by Friday, March 7, 2003
3 weeks prior to arrival) to receive this discount. Call reservations and ask for
room block under "MACSEM - Music Conference" for 2 nights (3/28-29)

140 Route 17 South
Mahwah, New  07430
voice (201) 529-5200
fax (201) 529-1991 and enter MAHWAH to get
Regular rate: Standard single $82.00, Standard double $92.00
This is not a full service hotel. No amenities like a pool or restaurant.
Individuals must make their reservations by Friday, March 7, 2003
3 weeks prior to arrival) to receive this discount. Call Reservations and ask for
room block under "MACSEM - Music Conference" for 2 nights (3/28-29)