Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, NC, is completing his Ph.D. in musicology at Columbia University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Matthew attended Morehouse College (B.A. in music; violin performance) and the Catholic University of America (M.A. in Musicology). He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Current Musicology, adjunct instructor of Black Music at Vassar College, Faculty Fellow at Columbia University, and as faculty of the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute, housed at Princeton University. Matthew will begin a two-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU from 2014-2016. He will serve as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Tisch School of the Arts and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Matthew’s research interests are guided by the relationship between sound, identity, and performance in music. He is interested in developing ways to analyze the music(s) and sounds of the African Diaspora through movement (a relationship for which he has evolved the shorthand term blacksound). By focusing on the sonic, spiritual, physiological, and psychological processes involved in their performance and exchange, Matthew is excited to continue cultivating this project as an Associated Researcher with Modern Moves.
Our fifth Moving Group was dedicated to an exploration of tango music and dance, and it involved a double bill. First, we heard Dr Kendra Stepputat, ethnomusicologist from the University…