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 First International Symposium on Latin American Music - February 22-23, 2013 - Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech Campus - Blacksburg, Virginia

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Geoffrey Baker
Reader in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Royal Holloway
University of London

Geoff Baker is a senior lecturer in musicology and ethnomusicology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He studied modern languages at Oxford University and early music performance at the Utrecht Conservatorium and the Royal Academy of Music and has experience as a performer of Renaissance and baroque music. His specialty is Latin American music, with his two most recent publications focusing on musical culture in Peru and Cuba. His research also includes childhood musical learning and music education in Cuba and Venezuela, and he has produced short films focusing on young musicians in these countries for the U.K.'s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Growing Into Music project.

Baker is presently based in Argentina, where he has begun work on his part of a broader project titled Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies, through which he will examine the changes to Buenos Aires' digital cumbia scene and to musical practices afforded by digitization and digital media. He is also in the final stages of writing a book about Venezuela’s orchestral music education program, El Sistema.

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