Gabriel Solis


Research Interests

A scholar of African American music and of Indigenous musics of the Southwestern Pacific, Gabriel Solis has done ethnographic and historical research with jazz musicians in the United States and with musicians in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Drawing on work in African American studies, anthropology, and history, he addresses the ways people engage the past, performing history and memory through music. Additionally, his work explores musicians' and audiences' interactions with and personalization of mass-mediated musical commodities in transnational circulation.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, School of Music
Professor, Anthropology
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

Solis, G. (2019). Soul, afrofuturism & the timeliness of contemporary jazz fusions. Daedalus, 148(2), 23-35.

Webb-Gannon, C., Webb, M., & Solis, G. (2018). The ⇜black pacific⇝ and decolonisation in melanesia: Performing nÉgritude and indigÈnitude. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 127(2), 177-206.

Solis, G. (2017). Duke Ellington in the LP Era. In Duke Ellington Studies (pp. 197-223). Cambridge University Press.

Solis, G. (2017). Ellington in the Age of the LP. In J. Howland (Ed.), New Perspectives on Duke Ellington Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge.

Solis, G. (2017). Further Perspectives on Music Technology in Ethnomusicology. In S. A. Ruthmann, & R. Mantie (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education New York: Oxford University Press.

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