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Music & Multimedia Composition  |  Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Music & Multimedia Composition

Inga ChinilinaInga ChinilinaInga Chinilina

Inga is a composer, intermedia artist, and a pianist. Originally from Moscow, USSR, Inga holds a BM in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. Among her interests there are early music, non-tempered sonorities, and live electronics.

Martim GalvaoMartim GalvaoMartim Schneider Galvão
Martim S. Galvão is a composer, percussionist and intermedia artist. Much of his work is concerned with patterns, cycles and repetition. He is especially interested in exploring ideas related to consumerism and internet culture. Galvão earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University. In 2014 he graduated from the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) MFA program at the UC Irvine.

Lee GilboaLee GilboaLee Gilboa

Lee Gilboa is an Israeli composer, artist and audio engineer. She completed her BM at Berklee College of Music, and her MFA at Columbia University. In her work she uses speech, audio spatialization and vocal processing in order to address themes such as identity, gender, naming and objectification. Lee is co-curating CT::SWaM's ExChange series with Daniel Neumann and presented work in venues such as Qubit Gallery, The Cube at Virginia Tech, Fridman Gallery, Fourth World Festival, and Resonance FM Radio among others. Lee’s debut album was released by Contour Editions during the summer of 2019.

Will JohnsonWill JohnsonWill Johnson

Will Johnson is an audio artist from the Bronx, New York. His work centers on blackness -- the material and immaterial conditions of space that shape sound into movement and historical record. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from NYU-Gallatin. He is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Sound Art/Composition (2018) and the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Musicians (2019). His commercial work includes licensed sound for Acura, Beats Electronics, HBO and collaborative contributions to 2016 grammy-winning best electronic album Skin. His live performances have been commissioned by Lincoln Center, the Kitchen and MASS MoCA.

Bonnie JonesBonnie JonesBonnie Jones

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and educator working primarily with electronic sound and text. Her work explores noise, sonic identity, listening, and sound as knowledge. She received an MFA from Bard College in 2012 and was the 2018 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. 

Jake Sokolov-GonzalezJake Sokolov-GonzalezJake Sokolov-Gonzalez

Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez is a musician and educator from New York City whose practice is based equally in free improvisation and tedious technical labor. He’s currently working on very-close-miked, very quiet cello music; a distended piano score for a short film; and a rolling drum’n’bass visual record. He’s been teaching creative music in the NYC public schools since 2013. He produces pop and dance music under the name BABL.

Amber VisteinAmber VisteinAmber Vistein

Amber Vistein (b.1984) is a composer and sound artist who delves deeply into the poetics of timbre, texture, and gesture. She has been praised for her conceptual “acuity” (Big, Red, and Shiny) and “blooming phrases” (New Music Box). Her work spans acoustic composition, opera, cinematic sound, and sound installation. Amber holds a B.A. in Music & Philosophy from New College of Florida and an MFA in Sonic Arts from Massachusetts College of Art. She was also a 2017-19 Composition Fellow with American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice program. Her dissertation project, a multi-media chamber opera entitled Dark Exhalation, will premiere in April 2020 and was recently awarded grants from the Brown Arts Initiative and New Music USA.

Marcel ZaesMarcel ZaesMarcel Zaes  
Marcel Zaes is an artist and performer-composer. In his doctoral research, he investigates rhythm with an interdisciplinary framework that encompasses the socio-cultural background of groove and the politics of playing along mechanical time. His artistic practice ranges from “living installations” with human performers carrying sound objects through outdoor sites, to multimedia solo performances that he calls “post techno beat music.”

Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Luis AchondoLuis AchondoLuis Achondo 

Luis is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology and Musicology and an Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellow at CLACS. He holds an M.A. in Musicology from the PUC Chile and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Brown. Drawing on ethnographic material from long-term fieldwork in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, his dissertation examines the ontological overlap of sociality and anti-sociality in the sonic practices of the transnational soccer fandom of the Latin American Southern Cone. He previously researched the role of music in the work of writer Pedro Lemebel and Andrés Segovia’s mediation of the history of the classical guitar. His projects have been funded by Fulbright, Tinker, and Conicyt, and his work has been published in edited volumes and the Journal of Musicological Research. He has also been awarded the LACSEM Paper Prize.

Melody ChapinMelody ChapinMelody Chapin

Melody is a doctoral candidate of Musicology & Ethnomusicology in the Brown Music Department. Her dissertation studies loud music listening practices in Washington DC's public spaces. She has also studied Brazilian opera and art music of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her broader interests concern sound studies, music of the African diaspora, Western art music, and postcolonial and decolonization studies. Melody has a BM in Voice Performance (University of New Hampshire), an MA in Musicology, (Tufts University), and an MA in Ethnomusicology (Brown University).

Katie FreezeKatie FreezeKatie Freeze  

Katie studies the diverse music cultures of the mountainous “roof of the world” of South and Central Asia. She plays the Western Tibetan ko-phongs and the Pamiri rubob and tanbur, and her doctoral project explores contemporary musical performance and representation among Ismaili Muslims living in post-Soviet, Tajik Badakhshan. Katie holds music degrees from the University of Washington and, before coming to Brown, worked as a pianist, composer and arranger.

Alexander HardanAlexander HardanAlexander Hardan

Originally from Miami, Fl, Alexander comes to Brown from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Violin Performance, as well as a Master of Music in Musicology. His research focuses on the transnational dissemination and embodiment of “national sounds” via pedagogical traditions, specifically in the context of Soviet-influenced Cold War Cuba. Other interests include timbre, reception history, and cultural theory.

Kathleen HaugheyKathleen HaugheyKathleen Haughey 

Kathleen (Kate) Haughey is the Executive Director at the Vermont Folklife Center, and a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. For her MA, Kathleen co-led an audio documentary project with Mbyá-Guarani musicians in southern Brazil. This project focused on the importance of negotiation and collaboration in small, community-led ethnographic projects. Kate’s dissertation explores the roles of music and dance in the Bhutanese Nepali refugee communities in Vermont.

Ravi KrishnaswamiRavi KrishnaswamiRavi Krishnaswami

Ravi Krishnaswami is a composer/ sound designer for media and games. He holds a B.A. in Music/English from the University of Virginia. He’s written for Super Bowl ads, AAA games, and many television networks. His research focuses on the evolution and influence of advertising music in the context of neoliberalism. When the pandemic is over he plans to return to the stage as the guitarist in The Sons & Heirs, his tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey.

Jay LoomisJay LoomisJay Loomis

I play and construct a variety of wind instruments that I make out of wood, ceramics, and 3D printed materials. I also compose and record my own works, often in parks and outdoor areas where I can combine the sound of flutes with the sonic environment that surrounds me, from cityscapes to mountain streams. Some research areas of interest include organology, flamenco, coloniality, critical race theory, indigeneity, and musics of the Americas. Learn more here.

Shirley MakShirley MakShirley Mak received her B.A. in Music from Queens College, CUNY, and her M.A. in Musicology from the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in issues of race, identity, and cosmopolitanism in the field of Western classical music, particularly in the experiences of Asian and Asian-American musicians. She would like to learn more about the history and practice of Western classical music in China and other “non-Western” countries.

Louis-Emmanuel WengerLouis-Emmanuel WengerLouis-Emmanuel Wenger

Louis is a 6th year PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. He holds a B.A. in Music Studies and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Louis specializes in the musics of Centra Asia and the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on Iran and the wider Persian speaking world. Additionally, his interest extends to West Africa and the Maghreb. His dissertation explores music practices in and around the Persian Gulf from a transnational perspective.  Prior to coming to Brown, Louis worked for the Aga Khan Music Initiative, "an interregional music and arts education program with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities to support talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit, and further develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms."

Anna WrightAnna WrightAnna Wright

Before joining the PhD in Musicology and Ethnomusicology program at Brown, Anna studied at the University of British Columbia, where she earned a Master of Music in saxophone performance and a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology. Originally from Scotland, Anna focusses on Scottish traditional music and is particularly interested in ways music is utilized to encourage mass agency under political, nationalistic, or dissent-driven circumstances.