Invited talks

  • “Analyzing Music in Social Movements.”

    • Franklin Humanities Institute, Mellon Seminars in Historical, Global, and Emerging Humanities, Duke University, December 2015.

  • “Issues in the Analysis of Popular and Non-Canonical Musics.”
    • CUNY Graduate Center, November 2015.

  • “Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Songs in Post-Fukushima Japan.”
    • Ethnomusicology Colloquium, Oxford University, October 2015.
    • Music Colloquium, New York University, September 2015.
  • “Intertexuality in Protest Music Post-3.11” 
    • Kadokawa Summer Program, University of Tokyo, July 30, 2015.
    • Westminster Choir College, Rider University, April 2015.
  • “Popular Culture and Recent Social Movements in Japan.” 
    • East Asian Humanities, Princeton University, April 28, 2015.
  • “Music in Demonstrations.”
    • Music and Protest, SUNY-Stony Brook, March 23, 2015.
  • “Musicians in the Japanese Antinuclear Movement: Motivations, Roles, and Risks.” 
    • Asia and the Environment Workshop, Oberlin College, February 21, 2015.
  • “A Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Songs in Post-Fukushima Japan.” 
    • Oberlin College Conservatory, February 20, 2015.
  • "Art and Activism: A Conversation with Vijay Iyer and Noriko Manabe."
    • Whitman College, Princeton University, February 2015.
  • "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. 
  • "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."   
  • "The Adaptation of Western Genres in Japanese Popular Music: From Children's Songs to Hip-Hop and Reggae."  
  • 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:

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.

  • “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.