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Tuesday, November 1, 2016   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Marysol Quevedo
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Note from the web editors: We'll be updating this list of SEM 2016 Annual Meeting announcements daily. If you would like to add your announcement to this list, please email to sem@indiana.edu

Please share SEM 2016 Annual Meeting's Live streaming schedule (which contains all the live links) with colleagues and students who will not be able to attend the meeting. We strongly encourage academic departments and professors to set up viewing sessions at your home institutions. The live streamed papers can be paired with readings and listenings on topics relevant to your courses or research areas of interest, which can lead to fruitful discussions with your students and colleagues.


We are very excited to announce that the SEM program is now available on the Guidebook app. You can find it here, or scan the QR code with your mobile device.

If you are not familiar with Guidebook, go here for a tutorial on how to download, install, and operate its main features. If you already have the app installed in your device enter “SEM 2016 Annual Meeting” on the search bar to find our program.

You can view this year’s Guidebook content in your web browser by clicking on the link, scrolling down and clicking on the cloud icon with “Web” written next to it, or click here.

We will be updating content, such as typos and any program changes, as they come up. You can “refresh” your version of the Guidebook program to view the most recent updates by clicking on the circling arrows icon at the top right corner of the menu.

Even if you are not able to attend this year’s meeting, you can use the Guidebook app to follow our Live Streaming sessions. Links to the live feed and archived videos appear under each Live Streamed session and are marked with the green “Live Streamed” tag (which depending on your mobile device will appear as a very small green dot or a green bar).

Guidebook has made some improvements over the last year, which address some of the concerns many of our SEM members had when using the app in previous years. You will be happy to know that there is a built-in search function which you can access by clicking on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the menu. Also, regardless of the time zone where you download the program, as long as your phone is set to the conference’s time zone the times for events should appear correctly.

Guidebook however, has not addressed our need for being able to select papers individually when adding events to your customized schedule. Also, we have not been able to link the individual papers to their respective abstracts. Please note that if these functions are available in the future, we will implement them.

Hope you enjoy using the Guidebook app, and we look forward to your feedback during and after the conference.


Marysol Quevedo

Program Specialist


The Japanese Performing Arts Special Interest Group will be holding our annual meeting on Saturday, November 12th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Congressional Room B.

We invite anyone with interest in Japanese Performing Arts (very broadly defined!) to come join us to discuss the growth of our group and plans for next year’s conference.

I also went through the program for this year’s conference and compiled the list below of papers related to Japanese performing arts. Apologies if I missed anyone’s presentation – please do let us know. As you can see, there is quite a variety of work being done related to Japan, within the Japanese diaspora, or performance practices that originated in Japan, all of which may help motivate discussion of possible roundtables, paper sessions, or other events in the coming year.

I wish you all safe travels and a wonderful conference.

All best,



Japanese Performing Arts Related Papers

Thursday 8:30 am – 10:30 am Congressional Room B Panel

Paper Session

Songs for Disaster

Chair: Megan Quilliam, University of Colorado Boulder

9:00 Songs of the 3.11 Triple Disaster in Japan's Tohoku Region

Nana Kaneko, University of California Riverside


Thursday 10:45 am – 12:15 pm Diplomat Ballroom

Paper Session

Upheaval, Emotion and Memory

Chair: Svanibor Pettan, University of Ljubljana

11:45 Hiroshima Rages: Nagasaki Prays: Music and Commemoration of the Atomic Bomb

Noriko Manabe, Temple University


Thursday 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm Governor’s Boardroom

Paper Session

Sonic Activism

Chair: Jason R. Nguyen, Indiana University

1:45 Saving Dogs in Thailand: Shamisen Skin on the Verge of Extinction

Keisuke Yamada, University of Pennsylvania

3:15 Ainu Music, Environmentalism, and Indigeneity in Multicultural Japan

Nate Renner, University of Toronto


Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Forum Room

Paper Session

Soundscapes, Landscapes, Mediascapes

Chair: Alison Furlong, Ohio State University

4:00 Musiking Asakusa: A Tsugaru-jamisen Player in a Tokyo Soundscape Montage

Megan Hill, University of Michigan


Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Governor’s Boardroom

Paper Session

Purposeful Singing

Chair: Sheryl Kaskowitz, Independent Scholar, Providence, RI; Kluge Fellow, Library of Congress

4:30 Bad Singing and Karaoke Virtuosity: Failure and Success at the Providence Boombox

Byrd McDaniel, Brown University


Friday 8:30 am – 10:30 am Cabinet Room

Panel Sponsored by The Indigenous Music Section

Exploring Personhood: “New Animism” in Ethnomusicology

Chair: Ryan A. Koons, University of California, Los Angeles

8:30 Ainu Tonkori and Personhood in Contemporary Japan

Kumiko Uyeda, University of California, Santa Cruz


Friday 10:45 am – 12:15 pm Palladium Ballroom-Live Video Streaming

Paper Session Jazz Movements and Locales

Chair: Travis A. Jackson, University of Chicago

10:45 Dances in the Desert: Swing Bands in WWII Japanese Internment Camps

Julian Saporiti, Brown University


Friday 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Congressional Room B

Paper Session

Performing the Hidden

Chair: Libby Smigel, Music Division of the Library of Congress

11:145 Challenges to the Transmission of the Kagura Secret Songs

during the Warring States Period in Japan

Michiko Urita, University of Washington


Sunday 8:30 am – 10:30am Diplomat Ballroom

Panel Sponsored by the Sound Studies Special Interest Group

The Acoustic Environments of Political Action

Chair: Ben Tausig, Stony Brook University

9:30 Listening to Geographies of Responsibility in post-Fukushima Japan

Marié Abe, Boston University


Dear colleagues,

Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps and Dr Simon McKerrell are delighted to invite you all to the official launch of the International Journal of Traditional Arts, which will take place at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Washington DC on the 12th November 2016.

Venue: Palladium Room, Omni-Shoream Hotel, Washington D.C.

Date & Time: 12th November 8-9pm

The International Journal of Traditional Arts is an international, peer-reviewed gold open access journal that promotes a broad-ranging understanding of the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary social life. The journal publishes leading and robust scholarship on traditional arts from around the world with a focus on the contemporary policy and practice of traditional music, dance, drama, oral narrative and crafts. We define ‘traditional arts’ as artistic and creative practices that function as a marker of identity for a particular cultural group and that have grown out of their oral tradition or that have been newly created using characteristics derived from oral tradition (although we would also welcome submissions that look to expand such definitions). We are interested in publishing high quality scholarship from ethnomusicology, cultural sociology, anthropology, ethnology, ethnochoreology, cultural policy, folklore, musicology, cultural studies, cultural economics, heritage and tourism studies that focuses upon contemporary policy and practice in the traditional arts.

Any of you who are in Washington D.C. for the SEM conference, please come along and help us celebrate the launch of this new journal and support this new open access venture! There will be a limited supply of free drinks (and very short speeches).

More information about the Journal (including the inaugural Call for Papers), can be found at: 


yours sincerely,

Drs Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) and Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield), 

(founding co-editors).



We will be holding informational interviews for Northeastern University's tenure-line job search at SEM this Friday, November 11, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled sequentially in 20-minute intervals between 2-5pm.

The position in the Department of Music at Northeastern is for an Assistant or Associate Professor (rank commensurate with experience) with a focus in music industry. The application deadline is Sunday, December 18, 2016. Please see the official announcement here: https://neu.peopleadmin.com/postings/45186

To schedule an interview, please write me at a.mall@northeastern.edu. I'm happy to speak with interested candidates informally throughout the weekend.

All best,

Andrew Mall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music

Coordinator, MS in Music Industry Leadership

a.mall@northeastern.edu | 617-373-8537 | 361 Ryder

Northeastern University Department of Music


The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is currently accepting applications for our MA and PhD programs in Ethnomusicology. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 for programs beginning in 2017-18. Decisions will be issued in February 2017.


***Information session at SEM*** 

Please join University of Toronto Professors Jeff Packman and Farzaneh Hemmasi for an informal information session to learn more about our programs, funding opportunities, and life at University of Toronto.  We will meet in the Omnishore Hotel Lobby on Saturday at 1:00 PM - look for the Canadian flags!


The Ethnomusicology program boasts four full-time faculty members offering a diverse range of geographically and theoretically oriented courses, with particular area strengths in Hindustani, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Caribbean, South American, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, North African, North American, and Popular Musics.
Special interests include: 

  • ethnographic methods
  • music and politics
  • music, violence, and traumatic experience
  • music, media, and circulation 
  • sociomusicology
  • sound, music, and everyday life
  • music and material culture
  • music and gender
  • urban and applied ethnomusicology
  • ethnomusicological performance

The University of Toronto is a top-ranked institution of research and higher education with a vast array of departments and specialized centres in which ethnomusicology graduate students are encouraged to participate. Our faculty and students have regular interaction with the Departments of Anthropology, Religious Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; South Asian Studies, and the Centre for Transnational and Diaspora Studies. We are also involved in projects with the Jackman Humanities Institute and the Ethnography Lab.  

The University of Toronto is uniquely situated in the heart of one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Our downtown campus is steps away from Canada’s media and financial hubs; the city’s downtown core; and a number of distinctive neighbourhoods including Kensington Market, Chinatown, Koreatown, and The Village. Faculty and students conduct fieldwork at local urban field sites in Toronto as well as in many areas of the world.

For more information about our programs, please consult our websites and social media:

Ethnomusicology Department Website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/kippen/Ethnomusicology/About.html

Application Information: http://individual.utoronto.ca/kippen/Ethnomusicology/apply.html

Ethnotes Newsletter: http://individual.utoronto.ca/kippen/Ethnomusicology/newsletter.html

Ethnotes Tumblr: http://ethnotestoronto.tumblr.com

University of Toronto Faculty of Music: http://www.music.utoronto.ca

Farzaneh Hemmasi
Assistant Professor of Music, Ethnomusicology
Faculty of Music
University of Toronto


Disability and Deaf Studies SIG at SEM 2016

The second annual meeting for the Disability and Deaf Studies SIG will be held on Thursday November 10 from 12:30-1:30PM in the Governor’s Boardroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. We want to extend an invitation to anyone interested in joining the discussion or learning more about this particular special interest group. We are also excited to sponsor our first roundtable, which will also be held on Thursday November 10. This event will take place in the Palladium Ballroom from 4-5:30PM and will be streamed online. For more information regarding this event please refer to the news section of our website at: ddstudiessem.wixsite.com/music/blank-zccp4

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference.

-SEM's Disability and Deaf Studies SIG Committee


Join the University of Maryland World Music Ensembles and the SEM Student Union on Thursday, November 10 for Global to Local Music Outreach (see 3L and 4H of the conference program)!

SEM attendees are invited to observe the outreach event or participate along with the kids at a local after-school program.
There will be short ensemble performances and interactive activities at 2:30 PM followed by a roundtable discussion back at the conference at 4:30 PM.

Meet in the Omni Shoreham Hotel lobby at 1:45 PM to load shuttle leaving for the after-school program at Joe's Movement Emporium (look for Global to Local Music Outreach sign).

To reserve a seat in the free first-come, first-served shuttle, email your name to SEMoutreach2016@gmail.com.


Víctor M. Hernández Sang


In preparation for this upcoming week's conference, we would like to draw your attention to an array of events sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women. Please join us in celebrating our 20th year!


Corinna Campbell and Elizabeth Clendinning, Co-Chairs

Thursday 8:30-10:30

Panel 1F, Co-sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women and the Dance, Movement and Gesture Section (Hampton Room)

Panel: Challenging Gender and Class through Dance, Movement and Gesture

Chair: Marcia M. Ostashewski, Cape Breton University
8:30 Ladies and Gents: Gendered Stepping in Traditional Irish Step Dance Julia Topper, University of Maryland, College Park

9:00 Guerreiras in a Man's World: Woman-warriors' Musical Embodiment of Contradiction in Capoeira Angola of Rural Bahia

Esther V. Kurtz, Brown University
9:30 Performing Age, Class, and Gender in Korean P'ansori

Ruth H. Mueller, Washington University in Saint Louis 10:00 Discussant: Marcia M. Ostashewski

Friday 12:30-1:30 in the Diplomat Ballroom

Section Meeting

Friday 6:30-8:30 Speed Mentoring and Reception, Co-sponsored by the Section for the Status of Women and the Gender and Sexualities Taskforce.


Music and Violence Special Interest Group Meeting at SEM 2016

The Music and Violence Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Ethnomusicology will be meeting on Thursday, November 10, from 12:30-1:30 P.M. in the Cabinet Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. All are welcome.


Amanda Daly Berman, Chair



I want to invite you to the President’s Roundtable, “Ethnomusicological Responses to the Contemporary Dynamics of Migrants and Refugees,” scheduled for Saturday morning of our upcoming meeting.  Please note that this round table event, which may be of interest to students and colleagues who are not able to attend SEM, will be live streamed.  I hope you can join our discussion and look forward to seeing you at SEM!

Anne Rasmussen

10A – Saturday, November 12, 2016 -- 10:45 am-12:15 pm

Regency Ballroom – Live Video Streaming

President’s Roundtable -- Sponsored by the SEM Board of Directors

Ethnomusicological Responses to the Contemporary Dynamics of Migrants and Refugees

Forced migration and the experiences of refugees world-wide generate stories that saturate the news, while issues surrounding immigration fuel political discourse and action at an accelerating pace.  Five ethnomusicologists describe their engagement with migrants and refugees through projects that actuate the potential of and for music in the various scenarios created by the current flow of populations out of conflict zones. Following their brief presentations, we open the floor for your contributions to the conversation.

Chair: Anne K. Rasmussen, The College of William and Mary Ozan Aksoy, Hunter College, City University of New York Michael Frishkopf, University of Alberta Denise Elif Gill, Washington University in St. Louis Angela Impey, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Rachel Beckles Willson, Royal Holloway, University of London


Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is pleased to offer four tours of our archive and facilities during SEM’s annual meeting. All tours will take place on November 10 and will be guided by GRAMMY-award winning archivist, producer, and curator Jeff Place. Tours will last approximately 1 hour and space is limited. Please join by signing up in one of the time slots below.

  1. 10am, Tour #1:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-1-smithsonian-folkways-recordings-tickets-29120994679
  2. 12pm, Tour #2:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-2-smithsonian-folkways-recordings-tickets-29121304606
  3. 2pm, Tour #3:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-3-smithsonian-folkways-recordings-tickets-29121421957
  4. 4pm, Tour #4:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-4-smithsonian-folkways-recordings-tickets-29121486149

Kind regards,

Meredith Holmgren


The British Forum for Ethnomusicology will be holding its ever-popular High Tea social event in the Empire Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, on Friday 11 November 2016 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Please join us for a refreshing cup of tea and some good conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.


Dr Barley Norton

Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology



Provided here is a list of events related to Dance, Movement, and Gesture you might find of interest at the upcoming conference. (You may also follow this link to download the .pdf if it doesn’t work: http://dawncorso.faculty.arizona.edu/content/useful-links). If you are aware of any inadvertent omissions or changes, please let me or my co-chair, Marcia Ostashewski, know. I thank you in advance and look forward to seeing you at the meeting!


ACE at the Society for Ethnomusicology 61st Annual Meeting

Jorge Arévalo Mateus and Anna Lomax Wood will attend the Society for Ethnomusicology 61st Annual meeting in Washington, D.C., November 9th through the 13th. The Global Jukebox will be published on January 15th and Anna will be asking for feedback for a beta version from members of the Advisory Committee who may be present at SEM: Patricia Campbell, Judith Cohen, Todd Harvey, Anthony Seeger, Michael Tenzer, Philip Yampolsky and Lawrence Witzleben. Recent discussion on the SEM listserv has raised important questions about Cantometrics and its place in our discipline. Anna Lomax Wood and I are looking forward to friendly chats with our colleagues concerning some of these points, now especially relevant not only due to publication of the Jukebox, but to a resurgence of interest in comparative ethnomusicology. We plan to propose a special panel and discussion session to the SEM Organizing Committee for the 62nd Annual Meeting in 2017. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at  jarevalo@culturalequity.org.

Jorge Arévalo Mateus, Ph.D., Executive Director


The Applied Ethnomusicology (AE) Section offers two prizes of $100 each for the best presentations in applied ethnomusicology at the annual SEM Conference. If you are a member of the AE Section, we encourage you to enter your presentation. To win a prize, you must enter.

One prize, the Bess Lomax Hawes award in Applied Ethnomusicology, is for students. The other prize is for non-students. Both awards will be determined by a committee of applied ethnomusicologists appointed by the AE section co-chairs.

To be eligible for a prize an applicant must be a member of the AE section. Those who wish to become section members while at the conference may do so at the registration desk.

Applicants must submit a copy of their presentation to the three AE section co-chairs by email (with attached papers, powerpoints, etc.) no later than a week after the last day of the conference. All entries must be submitted no later than Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

To enter your presentation for a prize, or if you have questions about doing so, please contact the AE section co-chairs:

Erica Haskell: ehaskell@newhaven.edu
Michael Bakan: michaelbakan@gmail.com
Jeff Todd Titon: jeff_titon@brown.edu


The Society for Asian Music announces a keynote address by  Lorraine Hiromi Sakata

 "Looking Back on 50 Years of Fieldwork”
Friday 11 November 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Congressional Room A
All are welcome


Sakata takes a look back on her years of research in Afghanistan and Pakistan as she considers the changes in the political and socio-religious situations that occurred in the places where she conducted her fieldwork, the changes in technology affecting the research tools available to her in the field, and the personal changes in the fieldworker herself – all contributing to the different outcomes of the fieldwork in the two countries.


Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper Prize

The Historical Ethnomusicology Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to offer the Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper Prize! This prize recognizes the most distinguished student paper presented at the annual SEM meeting that meets one or more of the following expectations:

(1) The paper employs the use of historical methodologies and theoretical perspectives.

(2) The paper is focused on a particular historical musical tradition.

(3) The paper is historiographic in approach and includes research based on primary sources.

The Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper Prize comes with a cash award of $100.

Eligibility: Any student member of SEM and the Historical Ethnomusicology Section in good standing who presents a paper that deals with a historical subject in ethnomusicology at the SEM annual meeting. Students are defined as "a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program.” Eligible papers must be must be presented at the current year’s SEM conference. It is our section policy that students MAY submit papers to more than one prize outside of the Historical Ethnomusicology Section. Please consult other prizes for their specific guidelines and policies.

Administration: The Historical Ethnomusicology Section Prize Committee will be made up of three appointed members of the section including the section Chair. Each member of the prize committee will review, and as needed, assign outside specialists to review the entries. Students may not serve on this committee. Entries will be judged solely on the content of the papers, including the use of video and audio examples submitted. The committee will decide upon a winner by March 15 of each year and the winner will be announced at the following year’s section business meeting.

Regularity: Annually. The prize may be withheld by the decision of the committee.

Application Process and Deadline for Submission: To apply for the Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper prize, the prize candidate must send a copy of his or her paper, in PDF format to the Chair of the Historical Ethnomusicology Section (Revell Carr - jrcarr2@uncg.edu) before the submission deadline: 12:00 PM (eastern time) on the third day after the end of the annual SEM conference. Students should indicate both the day and time the paper was presented. The paper submitted must be the version read at the conference and may not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 4,000 words), not including citations and bibliography. Candidates who wish to submit audio or visual examples should send these to the above email address as well.

Best wishes,

Michael Iyanaga


Irish Music Session at SEM

On Saturday, November 12 at 8pm, the Celtic Music Special Interest Group will be holding an Irish traditional music session in the Hampton Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. We will be joined by local musicians and dancers (several of whom will be performing with Billy McComiskey at the Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards the night before), so bring your instruments (and your dance shoes!) and join in! We look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,

Julia Topper

Chair, Celtic Music SIG


The SEM World Music Analysis Special Interest Group will be meeting on Saturday, November 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Hampton Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. There will be two brief presentations followed by general discussion on the papers and other issues of interest to the group. We hope to see many of you there!

The presentations are as follows:

Principles of Transmission and Collective Composition in Turkmen Dutar Performance

David Fossum, Brown University

The Art of Makam: Analyzing Turkish Classical Music using Characteristic Melodies

Adem Merter Birson, Queens College, CUNY

The organizers,

Beth Szczepanski

Panos Mavromatis


RILM presentation at SEM


Please join me for a free lunch and a presentation on Saturday 12 November 2016 from 12:15–1:30 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. My presentation will highlight recent developments and offerings from Répertoire International de Littérature Musical (RILM).


In addition to demonstrating enhanced searching capabilities on the EBSCO platform, I will introduce a new product: RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (RAFT), a rich and extensive global database. RAFT provides music scholars with access to one of the most comprehensive full-text resources for music research, expanding and enhancing the unrivaled bibliography of RILM Abstracts. In addition to abstracts, indexing, and metadata curated and written by RILM’s team of subject experts, RAFT offers search and browse options for each full-text issue, cover to cover.


I will also highlight a product introduced last year: RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME), a full-text compilation of 45 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present comprising nearly 100,000 pages. This extensive global resource is designed to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community, providing comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of core disciplines and subject areas including popular music, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages, and it is cross-searchable, saving users considerable time and effort.


RSVP is required to reserve lunch and a seat. Please send a message to conferences@rilm.org including your name and institution, with the subject heading “SEM lunch”.


Best to all,


James R. Cowdery, Editorial Director

RILM International Center


Pulse Commemoration and Fundraiser

You're invited to Heartbeat: a Pulse Commemoration, a party and fundraiser hosted by the Gender and Sexualities Taskforce on Saturday night, 11/12, during the SEM annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Heartbeat will support family and friends of Pulse nightclub, and raise funds for LGBTQ organizations in Orlando.  The event will also launch a special issue of Ethnomusicology Review/Sounding Board addressing the impact of the Pulse tragedy on our work as music scholars. 

Heartbeat will feature special guest DJ Kristy La Rat of Maracuyeah, D.C.'s premier Latinx dance party crew.  Plus SEM's own DJs LMGM and Super Squirrel, spinning dancehall, moombahton, reggaeton, house, soul, queer hip hop, and more.

When: Saturday night, 11/12, from 9-1.

Where: Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.  Less than a mile from the conference hotel!

No Cover

Drink Specials

Live Performances

Music and Community!

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/964129827050127/

We hope to see you there.  Feel free to email shankins@ucsd.edu with any questions.

Sarah Hankins, Ph.D.


SEM Orchestra

Dear SEM member,

If you're attending SEM in DC next week, please consider joining the SEM Orchestra and participating in our  concert planned for the Executive Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Friday 11/11.

For those who don't know, SEM-O (as it is known) is the Society's first performing group, open to all; we turn practical constraints (limited rehearsal time and variable instruments) into creative ones, by centering on improvisational and experimental works for open instrumentation.


If you're interested in playing with us this year, and can commit to the rehearsal/performance schedule below, please visit our SEM page at http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?page=Conf_SEMO and fill out the form with your name and the instrument you'll bring, if any - voice and body percussion are fine too.

Thanks for considering it!

all best,
Scott Currie & Michael Frishkopf
SEM-O Co-Directors

Rehearsals (Executive Room):

Thursday, November 10 / 9:00 pm-11:00 pm

Friday, November 11 / 8:00 pm-9:30 pm

Concert (Executive Room):

Friday, November 11 / 10:00 pm-11:00 pm


Barley Norton says...
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016
BFE High Tea The British Forum for Ethnomusicology will be holding its ever-popular High Tea social event in the Empire Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, on Friday 11 November 2016 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a refreshing cup of tea and some good conversation. We look forward to seeing you there. Barley Norton Chair, BFE
Simon A. McKerrell says...
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016
LAUNCH PARTY International Journal of Traditional Arts Please join us for the launch of the IJTA: Venue: Palladium Room, Omni-Shoream Hotel, Washington D.C. Date & Time: 12th November 8-9pm More information about the Journal (including the inaugural Call for Papers), can be found at: http://tradartsjournal.org/index.php/ijta There will be a limited supply of free drink available! yours sincerely, Drs Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) and Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield), (founding co-editors).

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