About

I am an interdisciplinary scholar of improvised sound, performance, and archives. My main focus is how black creative musicians engage with the idea of the archives in their musical works and performances.

Education

PhD in Literary & Theatre Studies, University of Guelph

M.A. Musicology, University of Ottawa

B.Mus, University of Ottawa

Publications

Book Reviews

Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism, by Paige McGinley, Callaloo 59 (2016): 712-15. Print.

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, by Matt Sakakeeny and  New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition,  by Lewis Watts and Eric Porter, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation 10.2 (2015) n. pag. Web.

No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33”, by Kyle Gann, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation 7.2 (2012) n. pag. Web.

Web-Based Publications

Oku’s Sounds: Anthony Braxton and Musical Improvisation in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For.” Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (2016) n. pag. Web.

Breaks, Creaks, & Dissonance: The Praxis of Jazz StudiesCritical Voices: The University of Guelph Book Review Project Fall (2014) n. pag. Web.

Record Reviews

Mandorla Awakening II, by Nicole Mitchell. Black Grooves May n. pag. Web.

America’s National Parks, by Wadada Leo Smith. Black Grooves October n.pag. Web.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Roch Voisine.” The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Foundation, 2011. n. pag. Web.

“Denys Bouliane.” The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Foundation, 2011.n. pag. Web.

“Miklos Takacs.” The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Foundation, 2011. n. pag. Web.

Memberships

American Studies Association

Modern Language Association

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