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Music & Multimedia Composition  |  Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Music & Multimedia Composition

Nicole CarrollNicole CarrollNicole Carroll
Nicole Carroll is a composer, performer, sound designer, and builder currently based in Brisbane, Australia, where she is an Adjunct Research Fellow at QCGU. Her work spans installation, improvisation, and fixed media performance. She performs electronic music under the alias “n0izmkr.” Themes in her work derive from reflections on nature, occult philosophies, literature, and the human psyche.

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.

Alexander DupuisAlexander DupuisAlexander Dupuis
Alexander Dupuis is a video artist, composer, and performer based in Providence, RI.  Current areas of focus include designing generative audiovisual systems and performing real-time animations in musical contexts. He is active as a guitarist in the Happy Valley Band and the Verdant Vibes new music collective.

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.

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 PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology/Musicology. A Fulbright scholar from Chile, he holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Music from the PUC Chile and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Brown. His doctoral project examines Latin American soccer fandom from a transnational perspective. A multi-sited ethnography, Luis’s dissertation explores the intersection of sound, violence, and media among Latin American supporters. Recently, he was awarded the Society for Ethnomusicology Latin American and Caribbean Section Paper Prize.

Violet CavicchiViolet CavicchiViolet Cavicchi
Violet is a doctoral student at Brown. Her dissertation project investigates the workings of Andean music technoculture that links past and present, urban and rural, and people of varied ethnic, racial, and class positions. She focuses on personalized and communal uses of music in radio broadcasting, music video production, and home recordings of live performances of the bandurria, a string instrument from Cusco. She received her B.A. at Vassar College in Anthropology with a correlate in Music and Culture and wrote her senior thesis on mixing music as a means of cultural intermediation for Latin DJs in NYC. 

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).

Jamie CorbettJamie CorbettJamie Corbett
Jamie holds a B.Mus from the University of Toronto and an A.M from Brown. Her research has focused on the cultural and formal politics of traditional music in Florianopolis, an island city in southern Brazil. The dissertation, entitled Public Lore, examines the origin discourses surrounding traditional music genres, traditional musicians’ interactions with public funding, and folklore’s place in the public sphere of Brazil’s conservative South.  Contact Jamie.

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.

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.

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."