Violet Cavicchi studies musics of Latin America and plans to further develop her undergraduate research on the uses of huayno in Quechua-language radio programming in Peru. Topics including music and migration, sound and place, indigenous identity, media and mediation, and music in daily life are central to Violet's interests at Brown. She received a B.A. from Vassar College with a concentration in Anthropology and correlate in Music and Culture where she completed a senior thesis on mixing as a means of cultural intermediation for Latin music DJs in NYC.
Kate Haughey is a first year doctoral student in the ethnomusicology program at Brown. She has a BA in Hispanic Studies, and her current research includes popular music and guarani music in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. She's interested in postmemory and trauma, and how they are transmitted through performance.
Esther Viola Kurtz is an ethnomusicology grad student, with a B.M. From the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from the Utrecht Conservatory, in the Netherlands, both in oboe performance. With oboe, Esther has sought to push the boundaries of the repertoire, commissioning new works and improvising with groups in Amsterdam and Boston. She also studied choro in Rio de Janeiro, and since 2006 she has been practicing the Brazilian martial art capoeira, which is now the focus of her research. With capoeira, she is exploring embodied knowledge and music and movement as resistance practices, and further interests include gesture, communication and improvisation. Esther also dances forró and a little samba de gafieira, and co-produces the Junk Kitchen Concert Series in Cambridge, MA.
Aleysia K. Whitmore studies musics of Africa and the African diaspora, the transnational movement of music, musics of the Caribbean, and dance and embodiment.
She is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. Her dissertation, entitled Performing Pleasure: Africa and its Diaspora on the World Music Stage, is an ethnographic study of two world music bands that creatively combine West African and Cuban musics, and the industry and audiences that surround them. A multi-sited ethnographic study of the contemporary world music industry across Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, it provides a window into the transnational lives of musicians, industry personnel, and audiences, and the specific post-colonial era of globalization in which they are situated. For her masters degree, she looked at the transnational movements and practices of salsa and the ways in which various conceptions of race and gender come together on dance floors in which diverse groups of people participate. Aleysia completed her Bachelors of Music at the University of Toronto where she enjoyed playing the oboe in a Serbian Orchestra and learning how to dance.