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Michael Bakan

Michael Bakan (Ph.D., UCLA, 1993) is Professor of Ethnomusicology, Head of the World Music Ensembles Program, and Affiliated Faculty in Asian Studies at Florida State University, where he directs the Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese Gamelan and the Omnimusica intercultural ensemble. His research on the ethnomusicology of autism has since 2014 yielded articles in Ethnomusicology, College Music Symposium, Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, MUSICultures, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society, as well as chapters in the Oxford Handbooks of applied ethnomusicology and music-and-disability studies. During that same period, he has published a range of additional articles and chapters on topics ranging from Balinese music and world percussion to film scoring and the experience of ritual, in the process addressing theoretical issues including schizophonic mimesis, processional action as a form of cosmological intervention, and critical perspectives on representational ethnography. He has also served as series editor of the Routledge Focus on World Music Series since 2008.

Bakan’s forthcoming book on the ethnomusicology of autism will be published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. The third edition of his widely used textbook, World Music: Traditions and Transformations, comes out next year as well. His first book, Music of Death and New Creation, published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press, was reviewed in a 2002 issue of The Times (London) as one of the two “most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century.”

Bakan’s service to SEM has included membership on the SEM Council (2002-2005) and multiple Program, Local Arrangements, and Prize Committees, as well as terms as senior advisory consultant to the Education Section and president of the Southeast/Caribbean Chapter (SEMSEC). He currently co-chairs the SEM Applied Ethnomusicology Section and has held appointments with the American Council of Learned Societies, College Music Society, and Dutch Research Council.

As a percussionist, Bakan has performed with George Clinton, John Cage, Rudolf Serkin, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and championship gamelan groups in Bali. He appears on the forthcoming Parliament/Funkadelic album Medicaid Fraud Dogg. His compositions have received over a hundred performances, and his 2014 CD with Omnimusica, Ashrei, was a GRAMMY Award ballot selection for best world music album. Bakan maintains an active schedule as a lecturer and clinician, having spoken at dozens of institutions including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Indiana universities, the universities of Chicago and Toronto, and the Berklee College of Music.


Michael Frishkopf

Michael Frishkopf (frishkopf.org) is Professor of Music, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta.  Specializing in sounds of the Arab world, West Africa, and Islamic ritual, his research interests also include music information retrieval, virtual reality, social network analysis, global health, and development (m4ghd.org), with projects in Liberia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Canada.

Articles and book chapters over the last two years include: “Curating Ethnomusicology in Cyberworlds for Ethnomusicological Research,” Ethnologies (in press); “Giving Voice to Health,Journal of Folklore Research 54 (1–2); “Venerating Cairo’s Saints through Music and Monument” in Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam (University of Texas Press, in press); “Traditional Music as a Sustainable Social Technology for Community Health Promotion in Africa,” Legon Journal of the Humanities 27(2); “Performing Arts as a Social Technology for Community Health Promotion in Northern Ghana,” Family Medicine and Community Health 4(1); “Narrowcasting and Multipresence for Music Auditioning and Conferencing in Social Cyberworlds,” Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 24(3). He has produced two CDs: Giving Voice to Hope: Music of Liberian Refugees (2009; bit.ly/buducd) and Traditional Songs from Avenorpedo (2010; kinkadrum.org), and the bilingual Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music (bit.ly/vmctm). He has two edited volumes: Music and Media in the Arab World (2010) and Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam (co-edited with F. Spinetti, in press with University of Texas Press).

Michael Frishkopf serves on editorial boards for Asian Music, Performing Islam, and the International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies, and formerly for Ethnomusicology and Review of Middle East Studies. A member of the executive of ICTM Study Group on Music in the Arab World, he is founder and past president of the Society for Arab Music Research, and serves as board member for the Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts, and the Foundation for Arabic Music Archiving and Research. He has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. An SEM member since 1987, his service to the Society includes Program Committee (2009), Merriam Prize Committee (2008), Council (1996-1998, 2006-2008), chair of the al-Faruqi Prize Committee (2002-2005), chair of the Seeger Prize Committee (2011, 2013), chair of the Stevenson Prize Committee (2011); and Board Member at Large (2010-12).

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