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January 8, 2004

New lecture series explores music and cultures

The UW School of Music is hosting a new lectures series during winter quarter, titled “Music in American Cultures.” Presentations on African American, Jewish American, Puerto Rican, and Asian American music and culture will be offered by a variety of musicians and scholars almost every Thursday during January, February and March.


The series is organized by Music Professor Shannon Dudley, in conjunction with his class, “Music in American Cultures,” which is cross-listed between the School of Music and American Ethnic Studies. Funding for the lectures, as well as associated workshops and concerts, is provided by the Seattle Partnership for American Popular music, a collaboration between the UW School of Music, the Experience Music Project, and KEXP radio, funded by a gift from the Allen Foundation.


All lectures are free and open to the public, and will be held from 5 to 6 pm, in 213 Music. Titles and lecturers are listed below:


  • Jan. 15, A Hundred Million Images: Asian Representations in the Popular Music Eye by Judy Tsou, music library head;
  • Jan. 22, Klezmer Music Lecture and Demonstration by The Klezmatics, Klezmer music innovators from New York;
  • Feb. 5, Salsa Music Lecture and Demonstration by Joe Santiago, bassist and arranger from New York/Puerto Rico;
  • Feb. 12, Salsa Music as Expressive Liberation at the Crossroads of the 1970s by Marisol Berrios-Miranda, independent scholar;
  • Feb. 19, Got My Mojo Working: The Transformation of the Blues in the Post-War Period by Robert Santell, Experience Music Project director of museum programs;
  • Feb. 26, Gospel Music Lecture and Demonstration by Phyllis Byrdwell, UW Gospel Choir director;
  • March 4, Filipino American Cultural Production by Rick Bonus, American Ethnic Studies professor;
  • March 11, Art and Activism: Subverting Cultural Genocide by Isangmahal Arts Kollective, Filipino/Asian American spoken word from Seattle.