Thinking from the Stage? Initial Reflections

I want to invite you to look at the following pictures. They are all photos of the main stage of the International Festival of the Celtic World of Ortigueira, a music event celebrated annually (since 1978) in the town of Ortigueira, northwestern Galicia, Spain.


Picture by Álvaro Fernández Polo. Men from Ortigueira working as volunteers to build the festival stage (1980).

Picture by Álvaro Fernández Polo (from his personal collection). Men from Ortigueira working as volunteers to build the festival stage (1980).


Picture given by instrument maker Antón Corral (in front). Here, we can see the Bagpipe School of Ortigueira playing on the locally built wooden stage. A small Galician flag waves from the proscenium. Continue reading

Applying to Ethnomusicology Grad Schools: Part Two

Hey there, intrepid readers. This is Liza, your first-year ethnomusicology graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I recently read Matthew Wolf-Meyer’s article on applying to anthropology graduate programs, (here’s the link: and felt inspired to add further thoughts of my own on grad applications in the ethnomusicology world.

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In Discipline: Talks from the European Side

For our third installment of In Discipline, Ana, Liza, and I are very happy to introduce José Dias, our second PhD student from the Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Musica e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. We are excited to post interviews from students, not only from around Europe, but also from the same country, to get as wide a perspective and to feature as many ethno student voices as possible.

Jose Dias pic

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