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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.

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Research Output 1997 2018

The ⇜black pacific⇝ and decolonisation in melanesia: Performing nÉgritude and indigÈnitude

Webb-Gannon, C., Webb, M. & Solis, G., Jun 30 2018, In : Journal of the Polynesian Society. 127, 2, p. 177-206 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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Duke Ellington in the LP Era

Solis, G., May 11 2017, Duke Ellington Studies. Cambridge University Press, p. 197-223 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Duke Ellington

Ellington in the Age of the LP

Solis, G., 2017, New Perspectives on Duke Ellington. Howland, J. (ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Further Perspectives on Music Technology in Ethnomusicology

Solis, G., 2017, The Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education. Ruthmann, S. A. & Mantie, R. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Punk Politics, Blackness, and Indigenous Protest: The Clash’s Australian Tour, 1982

Solis, G., 2017, The Clash Takes the World: Transnational Approaches to “The Only Band that Matters". Peacock, J. & Cohen, S. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 1998 2016

The Real Sapphires: Stage, Screen, and the Meaning of an All-Indigenous ‘Girl Group’

Gabriel Solis (Speaker)
Mar 11 2015

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Ethnomusicology Popular Music Section (External organization)

Gabriel Solis (Chair)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

I Remember Clifford: Recordings as Sites, Tokens and Objects of Memory in Modern Jazz

Gabriel Solis (Speaker)
Apr 1 2011

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Jazz Perspectives (Journal)

Gabriel Solis (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Thoughts on Music as a Creative Process: Revisiting Nettl’s Continuum

Gabriel Solis (Speaker)
Feb 27 2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Honors & Recognition

Jaap Kunst Prize

Gabriel Solis (Recipient), 2013


NEH Fellowship

Gabriel Solis (Recipient), 2015