An ethnomusicologist, jazz pianist, and former Mellon Foundation/Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, Mark Lomanno advocates for analytical and empathetic listening practices as gateways to experiential learning, creative experimentation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community engagement. His pedagogical, performance, and scholarly work all focus on “critical creative practice,” especially the relationship between academic studies and improvised performance.
Lomanno’s research—in both ethnomusicology and jazz studies—is geographically based in the Atlantic world, including Latin America and the Caribbean, the African Diaspora, and the Eastern Atlantic region of Macaronesia (the Azores, Cape Verde, Madeira, and Canary Islands). Exploring how improvisation as musical and cultural practice can be used for advocacy, critical action, and social change, his research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on comparative literature, dis/ability and embodiment studies, performance ethnography, applied science and technology studies, in addition to historical ethnomusicology, music theory, and anthropological fieldwork. A long-time collaborator with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and the E.U.-based Rhythm Changes project, Lomanno has conducted ethnographic, archival, and performance work on both sides of the Atlantic, presenting, publishing, and leading workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
Lomanno currently serves as associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Jazz Perspectives; and from 2013 to 2017, he served as chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Improvisation Section. In 2012, he founded the blog “The Rhythm of Study,” an open-access website that focuses on collaborative and interdisciplinary discussions of jazz and improvised music in the arts, academia, and activism.
- “Macaronesian Modes: Sounding Ultraperipheral Identities from the Eastern Atlantic”
- “Wail: Radical Jazz Pianism and the Precarity of Black Breath”
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Small Island Cultures Research Initiative
- Society for American Music
- Society for Ethnomusicology
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