Darien Lamen received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and is currently an American Council of Learned Sciences New Faculty Fellow in ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is in the process of preparing a book-length monograph on alternative sonic imaginaries of the Amazonian frontier, focusing in particular on the marginal mobilities that connect Belém do Pará to the equatorial Amazon, the Caribbean, and beyond. Other ongoing projects include a multimedia ethnography of Belém’s custom-made sound systems that explores questions of labor and value in both material and nonmaterial production.
GabrieL Ferraz is a Brazilian musician and PhD candidate in historical musicology at the University of Florida. His dissertation investigates the mechanisms by which the program of music education implemented by Heitor Villa-Lobos in Brazil contributed to the dissemination of the nationalistic ideologies of Getúlio Vargas’s regime from 1932 to 1945. This work is imperative for the understanding of a neglected aspect of Villa-Lobos’s career and illuminates several aspects of the interactions between music and politics. Ferraz has presented papers at several U.S. conferences, as well as in Italy, Brazil, France, and Portugal. A pianist, Ferraz has performed in Brazil and the United States and has worked extensively as a collaborator with instrumentalists and singers. His article was the winner of the 2011 Otto Mayer-Serra Award for Music Research given by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music.
María Caridad Cumaná is a filmmaker and scholar from Havana. She is coauthor of two books on Cuban cinema: Pletóricas latitudes del margen: El cine latinoamericano ante el tercer milenio (2005) and Mirada al cine cubano (1999). She recently coedited (with Karen Dubinsky) the anthology Habaname: The Musical City of Carlos Varela, which brings together scholars from various disciplines to assess the significances of Varela’s work inside and outside of Cuba.
Karen Dubinsky is a professor in the Global Development Studies and History departments at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of a number of books, most recently Babies without Borders: [End Page 304] Adoption and Migration across the Americas (2010) and, as coeditor, New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (2009). At Queen’s she co-teaches a course on Cuban culture and society that brings Canadian students to the University of Havana annually. She recently coedited The Musical City of Carlos Varela.
Lani Milstein is an ethnomusicologist, producer, and musician from Vancouver. She holds a BFA with honors in theater direction with a minor in music from the University of Victoria, and she graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College–CUNY’s graduate program in ethnomusicology. She has been studying percussion and researching in Cuba since 2003. She currently resides in Toronto, where she produces theater and concerts, including the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s annual fund-raiser, which recently starred Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Harry Belafonte, and K’naan, among others. She also manages and produces tours for world music performing arts groups.
Eduardo Herrera es profesor asistente en musicología y etnomusicología en la Universidad de Rutgers. Recibió su PhD en musicología de la Universidad de Illinois en Urbana-Champaign en 2013. Se especializa en músicas de vanguardia latinoamericanas; la relación entre música, política y filantropía; y la construcción de espacios artísticos de élite. Su trabajo doctoral examina la historia del Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. Ha presentado sus trabajos en Estados Unidos, Canadá, México, Colombia y Argentina, incluyendo las conferencias nacionales de la American Musicological Society, la Society for Ethnomusicology y la Society for American Music. [End Page 305]