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THEME lecture series: Gabriel Solis, "Revisiting the Heterogeneous Sound Ideal: Timbre and Narratives of Global Music History" 

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 4:00pm
Professor Gabriel Solis
Gabriel Solis, UW Divisional Dean of the Arts.

Ethnomusicologist Gabriel Solis, Divisional Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington, presents "Revisiting the Heterogeneous Sound Ideal: Timbre and Narratives of Global Music History," the first talk in the School of Music's 2022 THEME lecture series. 


This talk returns to Olly Wilson’s canonical notion of the “heterogeneous sound ideal” in Black music as the starting point for theorizing aspects of global music history that lie beyond style and genre.

Series Background

THEME: A colloquium of UW faculty and students of Theory, History, Ethnomusicology, and Music Education held on select Friday afternoons during Autumn Quarter. 

Speaker Biography

Gabriel Solis is an ethnomusicologist and music historian whose work focuses on music, memory, and racialization in the 20th and 21st centuries. He came to the University of Washington in 2022 from the University of Illinois, where he had been a professor of music for 20 years, with affiliate appointments in African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Anthropology. In previous administrative appointments he has striven to develop research capacity in the arts with a focus on intersections between scholarship and practice, and with a core commitment to building more equitable and inclusive approaches to the arts in higher education. 

Solis’s research in jazz, popular music, and contemporary Indigenous music in Australia and Melanesia has been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and Mellon Foundation.

Upcoming Events in This Series

Oct. 14: Orit Hilewicz,  (Indiana University): 
"Berio's Compositional Poetics as Performance."

Oct. 28: Charles Kronengold (Stanford University): 
"The Chaka Khanplex, 1977–1983"

Nov. 18: Sarah Bartolome, (Northwestern University): 
"From Idea Incubation to Implementation: The Trauma, Music, and the Breath Initiative"  

Dec. 2: James Currie (State University of New York); Melanie Lowe (Vanderbilt University); Frederick Reece (University of Washington):
"Forgery in Musical Composition"