Luis Achondo is a Ph.D. student and Fulbright scholar from Santiago, Chile. He holds a B.M. in Guitar Performance and a M.A. in Music from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before starting his master’s degree—in which he studied the guitarist Andrés Segovia and his repertoire—Luis had an active career as a guitarist, performing in many of the major venues in Chile and premiering works by several composers. During his doctoral studies, he plans to focus on the creation, performance, and reception of music in Latin America. Luis is particularly interested in the singing and performance of music of Argentine soccer fans during games. Taking ideas from sound studies, performance studies, participatory culture, and linguistic anthropology, he aims to understand soccer fans’ cultural practices and how they relate to violence, affect, and broader issues in Argentine culture and society. Luis is currently playing the seven string guitar in Brown’s Brazilian choro ensemble.
Violet Cavicchi studies musics of Latin America and plans to further develop her undergraduate research on the uses of huayno in Quechua-language radio programming in Peru. Topics including music and migration, sound and place, indigenous identity, media and mediation, and music in daily life are central to Violet's interests at Brown. She received a B.A. from Vassar College with a concentration in Anthropology and correlate in Music and Culture where she completed a senior thesis on mixing as a means of cultural intermediation for Latin music DJs in NYC.
Jamie Corbett is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology. She holds a B.A. in music history and theory from the University of Toronto, where she completed her senior thesis about the city's only Azorean rancho folclórico (folkloric music and dance group). While also working on a project about the Portuguese-speaking communities of New England, she looks ahead to a larger dissertation project on the musical performance and maintenance of regional identity in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, especially in relation to Azoreanist and environmental activism. She focuses on the loose genre of música regional catarinense to understand the relationships between the array of musics of the state, as well as their connections to nearby Rio Grande do Sul, Uruguay and Argentina.
Esther Kurtz is an ethnomusicology grad student, with a B.M. From the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from the Utrecht Conservatory, in the Netherlands, both in oboe performance. With oboe, Esther has sought to push the boundaries of the repertoire, commissioning new works and improvising with groups in Amsterdam and Boston. She also studied choro in Rio de Janeiro, and since 2006 she has been practicing the Brazilian martial art capoeira, which is now the focus of her research. With capoeira, she is exploring embodied knowledge and music and movement as resistance practices, and further interests include gesture, communication and improvisation. Esther also dances forró and a little samba de gafieira, and co-produces the Junk Kitchen Concert Series in Cambridge, MA.