On Monday, April 10, 2023, at 6:00pm, join the Spring 2023 CLACS Colloquium for a colloquium conversation entitled Infectious Rhythym featuring Magdalena Fuentes whose research includes machine listening and Brazilian samba and Afro-Uruguayan Candombe datasets; Cuban-born performer and researcher Yesenia Selier; and DJ Myyuh who is a New York based Egyptian DJ at @reprieveparty and Radio Flouka with HAZA.fm which centers sounds from the Arab and African diasporas.
The session’s title borrows from Barbara Browning’s 1998 book Infectious Rhythm: Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture which examines the vital and violent ways in which associations have been made between the AIDS pandemic and African diasporic cultural practices.
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About the Presenters
Magdalena Fuentes (NYU) is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Integrated Design & Media at the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) and Integrated Design & Media (IDM). Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at MARL and the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at NYU. Magdalena did her Ph.D. at Université Paris Saclay in France, in the ADASP group at Télécom ParisTech, and L2S at CentraleSupélec. Before that, she obtained a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering at Universidad de la República, Uruguay, where she also worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Engineering School and the Music School. Her research interests include Machine Listening, Human-Centered Machine Learning, Multimodal Representation Learning, Self-Supervised Learning, Music Information Retrieval and Environmental Sound Analysis.
Yesenia Selier (NYU) is a Cuban-born performer and researcher, recipient of fellowships from CLACSO, Cuban Heritage Collection, the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection, and Tinker Foundation. Her work on Afro Cuban culture, encompassing dance, music, and racial identity has been published in Cuba, the United States, Colombia, and Brazil. She has worked alongside artists like Teresita Fernanez, Coco Fusco, Septeto Nacional de Cuba, Jane Bunnett, Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martinez, and Román Diaz. She produced the theater play “Women Orishas” for Miami Cuban Museum (2013), the performance procession "Día de Reyes" at Madison Square Park (2015), the performance "Oshun-Inform" in Washington Square Park (2016), “Nigra Suns” at the Kennedy Center (2018) and the healing procession “En(CoroNa)cion" (2020).
DJ Myyuh is a New York based DJ and multidisciplinary artist. Myyuh's sets include a unique blend of African, Arabic, Latin, Funky house, Breaks, and R&B. Myyuh is the co-founder and co-curator of HAZA, a dance party and radio show that spotlights talent and music from the Southwest Asian and African diasporas. Myyuh is also a resident DJ with NYC's Reprieve Party, a substance free dance party. Haza.fm (@haza-party) airs on the last Tuesdays of the month on @radioflouka.
About the Colloquium
Organized by faculty members Sybil Cooksey and Yunior Terry, the colloquium "Música de Vaivén: The Habanera Diaspora" pairs a graduate seminar with a public event series. Learn more.
The Spring 2023 colloquium is organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and the Department of Music.
This session is made possible with support from the Center for Faculty Advancement and KEVO, the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.