Category Archives: Ethnomusicology

Where In The World Am I?

Sending a big, heartfelt thanks to everyone who reached out to say happy birthday yesterday. I’ve been receiving a lot of messages from friends and family recently, including something to the effect of “Well, I don’t know where in the … Continue reading

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A Jazz Band in Chile In 1917 @ Ethnomusicology Review

The Word Jazz In The Jazz World By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board I wrote about some preliminary research that I did for my Chilean fieldwork, which brought up a reference to a “jazz band” there … Continue reading

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Listening Back To My Last Year In LA

Yesterday, I returned to Peñaflor after a brief return trip to Southern California, in which I spent a week with Marina selling our car and finalizing various other aspects of our life together in Los Angeles. I’m happy to report that … Continue reading

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Lubricity Is Back … In Santiago, Chile

Well, folks: I made it to Santiago. As longtime readers of this blog know, Chile’s jazz scene has already taught me so much about what it means to make music in the world today—and that jazz is thriving all over … Continue reading

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I Know What I’ve Done Since Last Summer

The last time I posted here, over six months ago, I wrote: Next up: I’m flying to Chile on Thursday to start a month of fieldwork in South America. Wish me luck on the next step of this adventure—and let’s … Continue reading

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New Writing at Ethnomusicology Review and IASPM-US

  I’ve been writing at a decent clip this month, with pieces now online at the IASPM-US website and the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board. Check ’em out: Music Scenes: Creating Space for Creative Music at LA’s Blue Whale for IASPM-US CD Review: Book … Continue reading

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4 Years Majoring in Jazz Writing at WordPress U

When I logged into my WordPress account for the first time in a few weeks this morning, I was greeted by a cheerful note: Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep … Continue reading

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Tigran Hamasyan @ Blue Whale: An Improvised Concert Review

On Wednesday night, I finally made it back to my favorite LA jazz club, blue whale. Pianist Tigran Hamasyan was playing a solo show, and I knew that it was going to be something that I’d regret missing. So I … Continue reading

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My Linguocentric Predicament

With another year of graduate coursework well underway now, I figure it’s time to take a minute to reflect here at the blog on the various writing, musicking, and writing-about-musicking activities swirling through my calendar these days. The title of … Continue reading

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I survived the EMP Pop Conference

Wow, that was a crazy month! And another begins, as I return to campus for spring quarter here at UCLA. This quarter system is a real trip . . . between the 10-week courses and the lack of seasons here … Continue reading

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