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Saturday, March 24 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Urbanized Faith

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Mark Burford, “Swing Low: The Rise and Fall of the Sweet Chariot”

Christina Zanfagna, “’Earthquake Music’: The Cataclysmic Landscapes and Soundscapes of Holy Hip Hop”

Danielle Brown, “‘Leroy, Where Yuh Mudda Gone’: Language, Gender, and the Urbanization of Trinidad Parang Music”

Moderator: Gregory Erickson


Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown earned a doctorate in Music from New York University with a concentration in ethnomusicology, and a specialization in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an active vocalist and cuatro player, and composes and performs jazz and Latin American and Caribbean-based musics in New York. "'Leroy, Where Yuh Mudda Gone': Language, Gender, and the Urbanization of Trinidad Parang Music " The twin-island nation of Trinidad... Read More →

Mark Burford

Mark Burford is Assistant Professor of Music at Reed College. His work on European art music and popular music of the Americas has been published in various journals and edited collections. His current research focuses on the circulation and reception of black gospel singing within U.S. popular culture during the 1950s and early 1960s.   Abstract: | | "Swing Low: The Rise and Fall of the Sweet Chariot" In June 1963, Mahalia Jackson... Read More →

Gregory Erickson

Gregory Erickson is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Gallatin School of New York University where he teaches courses on religion, literature, music, and popular culture, and is the chair of the Writing Program. He is the author of The Absence of God in Modernist Literature and of Religion and Popular Culture: Rescripting the Sacred. He is also a professional trombonist.

Christina Zanfagna

Christina Zanfagna is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Santa Clara University. Her research on Holy Hip Hop was recently published in Black Music Research Journal. She has worked for Afropop Worldwide, San Quentin’s Prison University Project, and the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. She performs flamenco dance throughout the Bay Area.   Abstract: | | "'Earthquake Music': The Cataclysmic Landscapes and Soundscapes of Holy... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012