Conference presentations

Upcoming presentations

Past presentations

  • "Art and Activism: A Conversation with Vijay Iyer and Noriko Manabe."
    • Whitman College, Princeton University, February 2015.
  • “Music in the Japanese Antinuclear Movement: Four Spaces, Four Tactics.”
    • Columbia University, November 2014.
  • "Countering spirals of silence: protest music and the anonymity of cyberspace in the Japanese antinuclear movement"
    • Society of Ethnomusicology, Pittsburgh, November 2014.
  • "Rock Under Censorship: Allegories, Metaphors, and Obfuscation in Antinuclear Records from Post-Fukushima Japan." 
    • AMS/SMT Joint Annual Conference, Milwaukee, November 2014.
  • "Online Radio: How Markets in Japan and the US Hear Things Differently." Roundtable, "Reflections on Mobile Music Studies."
    •   Experience Music Pop Music Conference, Seattle, WA, April 2014.

  • "Antinuclear Protest Music in Post-3.11 Japan: Communication Methods in Cyberspace, Recordings, Festivals, and Demonstrations."
    • Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, February 2014. 
  • "The Evolution of Musical Style in Antinuclear Sound Demonstrations in Post-Fukushima Japan." 
    • Asian Studies Conference Japan, June 2014.
    • American Anthropological Association Conference, October 20, 2013.
    • Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, October 15, 2013.
      • Chair, "Raising Voices, Reclaiming Spaces: Antinuclear Soundscapes in Contemporary Japan and Korea."
    • Society for Social Studies of Science Conference, October 10, 2013.
  • "Music in the Antinuclear Movement Post-Fukushima." Build a Bridge:Popular Music(s), Collectivities and Social Movements, IASPM International Biennial Conference, Gijón, Spain, June 24-28.
  • "Spaces of Protest: Tailoring Messaging Techniques in Antinuclear Protest Music Since Fukushima." Changing the tune: Popular music and politics in the XXIst century, University of Strasbourg, France, June 7-8, 2013.
  • "Representing Japan: Japanese Hip-Hop DJs, the Global Stage, and the Concept of a 'National' Style."
    • Asian Studies Conference Japan, Tokyo, June 30, 2012. Abstract (see p. 36)
    • Society for Ethnomusicology, Los Angeles, November 11–14, 2010.
      • Organizer and Chair, "Transcultural Soundscapes, Representations of Nation, and Interracial Performance in Japanese Popular Music." 
  • Respondent, Special Session on Concert Music in Japan.
    Society for Music Theory, Indianapolis, November 4–7, 2010.
  • "Locating the Japanese and the Jamaican in Japanese Reggae/Dancehall. Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies at Mona, July 20, 2010.
  • "The Evolution of Sonic Style in Japanese Hip-Hop."
    • Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, Princeton University, May 29, 2010. 
    • East Asian Studies Department Colloquium, Princeton University, December 2, 2009.
  • “洋楽ジャンルの適応と変遷:童謡、ヒップホップとレゲエの事例研究."  

Nichibunken Forum, Kyoto, Japan, December 10, 2008. In Japanese.  

  • "The Adaptation of Western Genres in Japanese Popular Music: From Children's Songs to Hip-Hop and Reggae."  
Nichibunken Evening Seminar, Kyoto, Japan, December 4, 2008. 

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, October 24-28, 2008.

  • “President’s Roundtable 2008: SEM and American Imperialism." Panelist: "A Japanese Perspective."

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, October 24-28, 2008.

"Music, Language, and Mind conference," Tufts University, Boston, MA, July 10-13, 2008.    

Cultural Typhoon, Sendai, Japan, June 28-29, 2008. 

Digital Youth in East Asia conference, Temple University in Japan, Tokyo, Japan, June 21-22, 2008. 

  • “A Mulata’s Memory: Musical Mestizaje in the Characterization of Femme Fatales in Cuban Zarzuelas” 

Use of devices from Verdi, particularly La Traviata, and Afro-Cuban techniques in depicting mixed-blooded heroines (mulatas) in Cuban musical theater. Social reasons for fascination with mulatas.

International Musicological Society, Biennial Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, July 10-15, 2007.

Popular Musics of the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds, International Conference, July 14-16, 2006, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

AMS-Greater New York, May 6, 2006, Princeton, NJ.

Afro-Latino/Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, March 17, 2006, New York, NY.

National Opera Association, Annual Conference, January 5-8, 2006, Ann Arbor, MI.

Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-century Music, August, 2005, Sussex, UK.

  • “Lovers and Rulers, the Real and the Surreal: Harmonic Metaphors in Silvio Rodríguez’s Songs” 
Discusses the Cuban trovador’s  use of certain harmonic devices to depict affects in four stages of his career. 
International Conference on Music Since 1900, Biennial Conference, York, UK, July 5-8, 2007.
GAMMA-UT Conference, University of Texas at Austin, March 25, 2006, Austin, TX. 


Ongoing project examining the impact of cell phone and internet technologies on record companies, consumer behavior, and the music market.

IASPM International Executive, Biennial Conference, ¡Que Viva la Música Popular!, Mexico City, Mexico, June 25-29, 2007.

Plenary session, Technology and Industry Stream.

Music of Japan Today 2007, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 

March 30-April 1, 2007

Society of Ethnomusicology, Annual meeting, November 16-19, 2006, Honolulu, HI. 

Organizer and Chair of Panel, “Fast Forward: Impact of Asian Mobile Phone and Game Technologies on Production, Consumption, and Transnational Expression.”

IASPM-UK and Ireland, The Futures of Music 2006/25th Anniversary Conference, Birmingham, UK, September 1-3, 2006

Experience Music Project Pop Conference, April 27-30, 2006, Seattle, WA.

MACSEM Conference, Hunter College, April 7-8, 2006, New York, NY.

  • "The Influence of Italian Opera on the Cuban Bolero and Canción.” 
The Cuban son as interpreted by Guillén, then reinterpreted by three Cuban composers in the 1930s. 
II Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad y Cultura en el Caribe, "El son y la salsa en la identidaddel Caribe," Centro León, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, April 13-15, 2007.


  • "Germont Uproots a Flower: Changing Colors in La Traviata.” 
Violetta-Germont duet as a turning point in keys and motives in the Verdi opera.
American Musicological Society, Annual meeting, Lyrica Session, Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2006. 
McGill Symposium, March 2005, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

  • “Globalization and Japanese Creativity: Adaptation of Japanese Language to Rap.” 

Analyzes the interaction of Japanese prosody, rhythms, and rhymes in rap.


Revised version following field work in Japan:

Cultural Typhoon 2006, Annual Conference, July 1, 2006, Tokyo, Japan

Asian Studies Conference Japan, Annual Conference, June 24-25, 2006, Tokyo, Japan.

Washington and Southeast Japan Conference, April 22, 2006, Washington, DC.

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Annual Conference, April 15, 2006, Atlanta, GA

IASPM-US, February 16-19, 2006, Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN.

Asian American Research Institute, February 3, 2006, New York, NY.

Forty-five minute presentation including videotaped interviews with Scha Dara Parr and clips from a performance by artists from Da Me Records. Webcast of lecture and handouts available.

Society of Ethnomusicology, Annual National Conference, November 20, 2005, Atlanta, GA. As “Beyond Imitation: Adaptation of Japanese Language to Rap.”

Northeast Popular Culture Association, October 2005, Fairfield, CT.

IASPM-Nordic, The Local, Regional, and Global: Globalization of Rock Conference, October 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Earlier versions:

MIDSEM, March, 2005, Bowling Green, OH.

MACSEM, March, 2005, College Park, MD. 

  • “Caracterización musical de femme fatales mestizas en las zarzuelas cubanas.” 

VII Congreso IASPM-AL (IASPM Latin America), June 19-24, 2006, 

Havana, Cuba

  • “Don Giovanni’s Elvira: Analysis of the Evolution of a Mezzo Carattere”

Discusses the evolution of the tragicomic aspects of Elvira character from the Molière play to the Bertati-Gazzaniga opera to the Da Ponte-Mozart masterpiece, as expressed in the drama and the music.

Interpretare Mozart: Convegno internaziole di studi, a cura della Societa Italiana di Musicologia e di Fondazione Arcadia, May 19-21, 2006, Milan.



  • “Musical Interpretations of Don Quixote: Reflections of Time, Place, and Meaning.” 
Examines how national views of Spain, intellectual trends, and interpretation of the main character influenced musical interpretations of the literary work, taking Purcell, Telemann, Rubinstein, Strauss, and de Falla as examples. 
Brooklyn Conservatory, May 2005, Brooklyn, NY.