Butler School of Music

Robin Moore Receives National Grant to Study Latin American Dance Form.

Robin Moore, professor of Ethnomusicology, together with Alejandro Madrid, associate professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at University of Illinois Chicago, has been awarded a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award provides funding for a year-long sabbatical to allow Moore and Madrid to complete work on their upcoming book Danzón. The History and Practice of a Transnational Music. The Book is a study of a nineteenth-century dance genre that became popular throughout Latin America and beyond, eventually influencing the development of early jazz. The grant will also help fund their research by providing funds for travel to Mexico, Cuba, and New Orleans. The book project was one of only six awards, from a national pool of more than seventy applicants.

Moore and Madrid will spend the 2011-12 academic year completing their research and writing, and the book is tentatively scheduled for publication in early 2013 by Oxford University Press.

In October 2010, Moore was a Hamilton Book Award winner for his 2009 publication Music In the Hispanic Caribbean. Presented each year by the University Co-op, the Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards are among the highest honors of literary achievement given to published authors at The University of Texas at Austin. Moore was one of only 5 authors recognized by the awards in 2010.

Robin Moore has received awards in the past including fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. His primary research interests include music and nationalism, music and race relations, popular music study, and socialist art aesthetics. His publications include Nationalizing Blackness: afrocubanismo and artistic revolution in Havana, 1920-1940 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998), Music and Revolution Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba (The University of California Press, 2006), Music of the Hispanic Caribbean (Oxford University Press, 2009), and articles on Cuban music in the Latin American Music Review, Cuban Studies, Ethnomusicology, Encuentro de la cultura cubana, and other journals and book anthologies. Since 2005, he has served as editor of the Latin American Music Review. he received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995.

Alejandro L. Madrid is a cultural theorist and music scholar whose research focuses on the intersection of modernity, tradition, globalization, and ethnic identity in popular and art music, dance, and expressive culture from Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the circum-Caribbean. His interests range from the performance of democratic values through music, media, and technology, to questions of continuity, change, cosmopolitanism, and race in Latin American 19th-century and early 20th-century music, to transnationalism and embodied culture in contemporary electronic dance music. Madrid received his PhD from Ohio State University.