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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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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

What is a Question

Solis, G. 2017 In : ASAP/Journal. 2, 1, p. 44-46

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Activities 1998 2016

College of Fine and Applied Arts (Organizational unit)

Solis, G. (Chair)

Activity: Membership of committee

New Directions in the Study of Improvisation

Solis, G. (Participant)
Apr 1 2004Apr 4 2008

Activity: Participation in conference

Research Slam

Solis, G. (Speaker)
Feb 8 2012

Activity: Invited talk

Improvisation Pedagogy and the Problem of Genre

Solis, G. (Speaker)
May 2013

Activity: Invited talk

Honors & Recognition

Jaap Kunst Prize

Gabriel Solis (Recipient), 2013


NEH Fellowship

Gabriel Solis (Recipient), 2015