In general terms, my work focuses on the relationship between musical sounds and the ideas and discourses that link them to broader social and cultural collectivities. In particular, my scholarship has centered on the development of musical nationalism, genre studies, the inter-relationships between music, territory, and ethnicity, especially as informed within the Panamanian and broader Latin American context as well as among Toronto’s Latin American community. Similarly, my creative work centers closely within urban Latin American musical traditions and among the communities that sustain them. I maintain an active performance career in Canada and have contributed to numerous community-oriented creative projects.
Selected Publications & Presentations:
“Standing Out while Fitting in: Genre, Style, and Critical Differentiation among Panamanian Conjunto Musicians.” Ethnomusicology, Vol. 59, No. 3 (Fall), pp. 450-474. 2015.
“Americas (overview).” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology. Janet L. Sturman, ed. (accepted for publication)
“Russell, Luis Carl.” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Steven J. Niven, ed. Oxford University Press. (accepted for publication)
“Morgan, Antonio Roberto.” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Steven J. Niven, ed. Oxford University Press. (accepted for publication)
“Areito.” Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie, eds. Oxford University Press. (2013).
“Donald Thompson (1928-2010).” Latin American Music Review, 31(1): 148-150. 2010.
“Perception, Reception, and All That Popular Music: An Interview with Alejandro Viñao.” Discourses In Music, 6(2). http://www.discourses.ca/v6n2a1.html. 2007.