Catherine Grant, Megan Collins, and I wrote a short article together based on our 2017 panel at ICTM Limerick. In this post, we ally ourselves with recent calls for greater equality and justice in ethnomusicology, and we consider how some of our current conference practices—specifically those that privilege air travel—reinforce structural inequities in our discipline and contribute to a growing global environmental crisis. Dig it: https://soundmattersthesemblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/academic-flying-and-climate-justice-toward-an-inclusive-and-sustainable-ethnomusicology/
I made an online exhibit for the Indonesia Timor-Leste Studies Committee 2017 meeting at AAS in Toronto. The exhibit lists researchers who have studied music in Timor, with links to their work and audio and video examples.
You can check it out here: http://aaronpettigrew.com/music-of-timor. Note: I’ve taken the site down for a time to make some changes to the content. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with me here if you have questions.
Hey! I was a guest on Anne Greenwood’s new podcast, Hear Here. Check it out if you’d like to hear me yak about my music library, a bit about my research, Mingus’ Fables of Faubus, and finding the story in the music. http://www.annegrnwd.com/hearhere/2017/1/4/episode-2-aaron-pettigrew-on-listening-for-the-story-1
I try to bring diverse artists & music into the classroom, so this week when I brought in some Xmas music, I thought I’d better search for some Hanukkah music to balance it out. I came across this unexpectedly excellent jam from Sharon Jones. Ridiculous! From an album called “It’s a Holiday Soul Party.”
I gather she died from pancreatic cancer this month. RIP, Miss Jones.
I knew this recording already, but I didn’t know there was a video to accompany it. I love the sound of the smiling & laughing at the end so much, and it’s amazing to watch, too. I know Bossa is supposed to be uncool, but this is beautiful and the last minute is just priceless.