MemberDavid Garcia

David Garcia (Professor) earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from The City University of New York, The Graduate Center. Published in Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, MUSICultures, and other academic journals, his research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on black music and Latin music of the United States. He teaches undergraduate courses in music of Latin America and world music, and graduate seminars in ethnomusicology, historiography, and popular music. He is also director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina, which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music. The Society for Ethnomusicology awarded his book, Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music’s African Origins (Duke University Press, 2017) the 2018 Bruno Nettl Prize for Outstanding Publication in the History of Ethnomusicology. The Society for Ethnomusicology and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology also recognized the book with an Honorable Mention for the Alan P. Merriam Prize for Outstanding Book in Ethnomusicology and Commendation, respectively. The Association for Recorded Sound Collections awarded his first book, Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music (Temple University Press, 2006), a Certificate of Merit in the category Best Research in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music. He is currently editing an anthology of Latin music, dance, and theater in the United States, 1783–1900. He has done research throughout the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Curaçao. David Garcia is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (2014-2015). He has presented his research at conferences organized by the Society for Ethnomusicology, Cuban Research Institute, Casa de las Américas, and Latin American Studies Association. He was named Visiting Scholar at the Cristobal Díaz Ayala Collection of Cuban and Latin American Popular Music by the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University.

MemberJames Revell Carr

James Revell Carr is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology and director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky.Carr’s first book, Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels (University of Illinois Press, 2014), about the musical exchange between American sailors and Hawaiian musicians in the nineteenth century, was a co-recipient of the Society of Ethnomusicology’s Alan P. Merriam Prize for outstanding book in ethnomusicology for 2015. Carr has articles and reviews in the Journal of American Folklore, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, The Journal of British Studies, American Historical Review and others. Before coming to University of Kentucky, Dr. Carr was Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he founded the UNCG Old Time Ensemble. Before that he was an Interpretive Specialist Park Ranger at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, an educator at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, and curated major exhibits at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Oregon. He was the music supervisor for the English Broadside Ballad Archive (, an online database of seventeenth century print ballads funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he can be heard singing many of the ballads to their historically accurate melodies. Dr. Carr served as the president of the Southeastern and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2010-2011, and the chair of the Historical Ethnomusicology Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2015-2019).

MemberHeather Sparling

…Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology…

I am an ethnomusicologist who is researching Gaelic songs of Nova Scotia, vernacular dance of Cape Breton, and disaster songs of Atlantic Canada. I am interested in the intersections between language and music, and in issues of memory and memorialization. I am the general editor of MUSICultures, Canada’s ethnomusicology and popular music journal. I am a fluent Gaelic learner, a classical flutist, and a beginner fiddler.

MemberAndrew J. Eisenberg

…PhD Columbia University, Ethnomusicology, 2009

BMus New York University, Jazz Performance (Minor in Cultural Anthropology)…

I am an ethnomusicologist and sound culture researcher specializing in urban Kenya. I received my PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009, with a dissertation on voice, place, and identity on Kenya’s Swahili coast. From 2011 to 2013, I carried out research on the recording industry in Nairobi as a postdoctoral research associate with Georgina Born’s ERC-funded project on music and digital technology at Oxford. Currently I am working on an ethnographic monograph on music, spatial relations, and cultural citizenship in urban Kenya, while also continuing my research on the recording industry in Nairobi.

MemberAntonio Baldassarre

Antonio Baldassarre holds a PhD from the University of Zurich and was Research Fellow at the Research Center for Music Iconography (The Graduate Center of The City University of New York) and Director of the youth music school “Pfannenstil”. His professional teaching positions have included Lecturer and Guest Professor for musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory at the universities of Basel and Zurich, the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, the Escuela Nacional de Música of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 2011 he has been Director of Research and Development of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Department of Music.

MemberAllan Chase

…MA, Ethnomusicology, Tufts University, 1992

BM, Music Theory and Composition, Arizona State University, 1978

Graduate study in jazz and music theory, New England Conservatory, 1980-81

Studies in new music improvisation and composition, Creative Music Studio, 1978 and 1979…

Allan Chase is Chair of the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music. He is featured on over 50 recordings as a saxophone soloist and improviser. From 1992 to 2000, he performed and recorded with Rashied Ali, and he has been a member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet since 1981. He has contributed to research and publications on the music of jazz composer Sun Ra, the subject of his MA Ethnomusicology thesis. He has taught at Berklee (1981-1990, 2008-present), Tufts University (1993-1997), and New England Conservatory (1994-2012), where he also served as Dean of Faculty (2000-2006), chair of Jazz Studies (1996-2001), and chair of Contemporary Improvisation (2005-8).