I am a postdoctoral fellow with the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS). My work explores, among other things, the intersection of aurality and gender, strategic vulnerability in musical performance, and what I call the transmusical–the under-explored areas between culturally-inflected definitions of “music” and “sound.” My current work concerns the socio-cultural aspects of whistle languages in contemporary Mexico City. In my free time I study requinto jarocho and tres cubano and make music with the experimental pop group, The Fantastic Toes.


I hold a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California Riverside, an MFA in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from University of California Irvine, and a BMus in composition from California State University Los Angeles.


“Sales and Survival within the Contested Acoustic Territories of Mexico City’s Historic Centre” Ethnomusicology Forum 26 (3): 307–330 (2017) <https://doi.org/10.1080/17411912.2018.1423574&gt;

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Sonic Fluidities: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, March 3, 2018

Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawaii Chapter Annual Meeting, Claremont, California, February 25, 2018



Anthony Rasmussen

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