- About the Contributors
Yayoi Uno Everett is a native of Yokohama, Japan, and is currently an assistant professor in music theory at Emory University in Atlanta. She specializes in the study of contemporary art music and has co-edited Locating East Asia in Western Art Music (Wesleyan University Press 2004) with Frederic Lau.
Philip Flavin is a visiting researcher at the Kyoto City University of Arts, Center for Traditional Japanese Music Research. After extensive studies of koto and shamisen performance practice at the Seiha Conservatory of Japanese Music in Tokyo, and subsequently with master musicians Inoue Michiko and Yuize Shin’ichi, Dr. Flavin pursued graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, receiving the Ph.D. in Music in 2002. He is presently conducting further research on sakumono with the assistance of the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has performed in numerous venues, including the National Theatre in Tokyo, performances for national television and radio, as well as in guest appearances throughout Japan and the United States.
Amporn Jirattikorn is a Ph.D candidate in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, having received the master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has directed documentaries for Pacific Intercommunication, Thailand, and has also worked as a columnist/writer for a number of Thai journals. Her publications have appeared in Sarakadee, Silapa Wattanatham, and Matichon Sudsapda, among others. She has published (in Thai) several books on historical, cultural, and social issues. Her recent article “Suriyothai: Hybridizing Thai National Identity through Film” appears in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.
Henry Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he teaches and undertakes research in ethnomusicology, Asian studies, and performing-arts studies. He lectures and performs on a number of Asian instruments, including the Japanese koto and shamisen, gamelan from Java and Bali, and Indian sitar. His book, The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan, was published in 2004 by Hotei Publishing. [End Page 161]
Alan L. Kagan, emeritus professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Minnesota, received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1978, studying with Walter Kaufman and Alan Merriam. His first ethnomusicological guru was Curt Sachs in 1952. Publications include articles in The Musical Quarterly and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, essays in Studies in Taoist Rituals and Music of Today and Bharata Natyam in Cultural Perspective. He is presently completing a long-awaited book on the dramatic ritual invocation scenes of China’s festival opera theater, with a focus on the Cantonese tradition. As a pastime he performs American old-time, klezmer, and tango fiddling, as well as er-hu.
Jay Keister is an assistant professor in the College of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder and received the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of a forthcoming book to be published by Routledge, Shaped by Japanese Music: Kikuoka Hiroaki and Nagauta Shamisen in Tokyo. A specialist in traditional Japanese music, Dr. Keister has received training in nagauta, min’yô, and gagaku ensembles. His research concerns individual agency in music, traditional social structures in modern society, and ritualized embodiment of music.
Jennifer Milioto Matsue is currently the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, also teaching in the East Asian Studies Program and Anthropology Department, at Union College. Her research ranges from ethnographic work on underground popular musics to traditional art musics of Japan, with a focus on the role of women, the production of meaning through musical practice, and approaches to ethnography itself. She is currently preparing several articles for publication, as well as revising her dissertation, Performing Underground Sounds: An Ethnography of Music-Making in Tokyo’s Hardcore Clubs.
John Morgan O’Connell teaches ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick. He completed his Ph.D. at UCLA, specializing in the musical traditions of the Middle East. He was recently awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research into Central Asian music at Brown University in association with the Aga Khan Foundation. In 2004, he hosted in Ireland the 15th ICTM Colloquium, being instrumental in founding a...