Keynote Speaker

ec_8Eric Charry (B.Mus., M.Mus., NEC of Music; PhD, Princeton), Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, has carried out extended research in India, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, The Gambia, and Trinidad. Based in the discipline of ethnomusicology, his work ranges from the music of West African griots to the globalization of hip hop; from the emergence of an avant garde in jazz in the 1950s and 60s to the music cultures of downtown New York City in the same era. Charry has presented his work on African music, jazz, and improvisation widely and has published extensively, including dictionary and encyclopedia entries and books (Mande Music, 2000; Hip Hop Africa, 2012). In 2011 he directed the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Ethnomusicology and Global Culture.