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Michael Bakan (Ph.D. UCLA, 1993) is Professor of Ethnomusicology, Head of World Music, and Affiliate in Asian Studies at Florida State University, where he directs the Balinese gamelan, Omnimusica intercultural ensemble, and Artism Ensemble. His research on the ethnomusicology of autism, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, has since 2014 yielded articles in Ethnomusicology, College Music Symposium, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, with additional articles and chapters forthcoming in JAMS, MUSICultures, and the Oxford Handbooks of Applied Ethnomusicology, Music and Disability Studies, and Music and the Body. His many other publications encompass topics ranging from Balinese gamelan, early jazz history, and electronic music technology to world percussion, multicultural music education, and film music, engaging theoretical issues of epistemology, advocacy, reflexivity, neurodiversity, gender, improvisation, pedagogy, and interculturality. Bakan is series editor of the Routledge Focus on World Music Series and formerly edited the ABC-CLIO World Music Series. His textbook, World Music: Traditions and Transformations (2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, 2012), has been adopted at more than 200 colleges and universities internationally. His monograph, Music of Death and New Creation (University of Chicago, 1999), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2000, was reviewed as one of the two "most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century” in the London Times. A fully online, multimedia third edition of the textbook is in preparation, along with a new book project titled "Speaking of Music: Conversations with Autistic Thinkers.” Bakan’s service appointments with SEM have included Council (2002-2005), multiple program and local arrangements committees, the Stevenson Prize Committee, senior advisory consultant to the Education Section, and presidency of the Southeast/Caribbean Chapter. He is currently co-chair of the Applied Ethnomusicology Section and formerly held posts with the College Music Society, Dutch Research Council, and EVIADA Editorial Board. He has performed as a percussionist with John Cage, Rudolf Serkin, Trichy Sankaran, Music at Marlboro, the Toronto Symphony, and championship gamelan beleganjur groups in Bali, Indonesia. His compositions for Balinese gamelan, modern dance, and jazz, intercultural, and new music ensembles have received over a hundred performances, and his 2014 CD with Omnimusica, Ashrei, was a GRAMMY Award ballot selection for the year’s 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, Maryland, and Colorado; and the Berklee College of Music.

Travis A. Jackson earned a Ph.D. in music from Columbia University and served on the faculty of the University of Michigan for six years before assuming his current position, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, in 2003. He is the author of Blowin’ the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene (University of California, 2012), an ethnography focused on the differing social, cultural, spiritual and economic contexts surrounding straight-ahead jazz musicians’ performance and recording practices. The book received an Honorable Mention from the Society’s Alan Merriam Prize Committee in 2013. His other writings, published in various journals and edited volumes, include essays on jazz history and historiography, intersections between jazz and poetry, Duke Ellington’s "travel suites” and world music, the politics of punk, and popular music and recording technology. He is currently conducting research for a monograph on post-punk music, graphic design, and attitudes regarding race and empire in the United Kingdom between 1977 and 1984. He has twice served on the SEM Program Committee (for the 2002 and 2007 Annual Meetings) and was a member of the SEM Council from 2004 to 2005 and its chair from 2005 to 2007. In addition, he served as Events Coordinator for the 2001 meeting in Detroit. He has also been a member of the Popular Music Section, where he was part of the committee that awarded the Waterman Article Prize in 2012. He has also had the honor of serving on the inaugural editorial board of Ethnomusicology and as a member of the Alan Merriam Prize Committee in 2014. He currently acts as the liaison between the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Musicological Society.

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