© 2019 by Veronika Lorenser

Project Team

 
Dr. Matthew Machin-Autenrieth
Principal Investigator, University of Cambridge

Matthew Machin-Autenrieth is a Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and the Principal Investigator for the European Research Council-funded project ‘Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar’ (2018–23). Matthew completed his Masters and PhD in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University. Following his studies, Matthew was appointed as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2014–17). He has taught ethnomusicology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and the University of Plymouth. Matthew’s research spans three main areas: the relationship between music and regional identity in nation states; heritage studies; and music, diaspora and postcolonial studies. He is the author of the monograph Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain (Routledge, 2017), as well as a number of articles relating to flamenco, regional identity politics and Moroccan immigration. Matthew is a Bye-Fellow at Selwyn College (Cambridge), Affiliated Researcher of the Woolf Institute and a conference co-liasion officer for the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Samuel Llano
​Senior Research Associate, University of Manchester

Samuel Llano is a Lecturer in Spanish Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester. He specializes in the music and sound cultures of Spain from a transcultural perspective. He is the author of Whose Spain?:

Negotiating “Spanish Music” in Paris, 1908-1929 (OUP, 2012), winner of the Robert M. Stevenson Award of the American Musicological Society; and Discordant Notes: Marginality and Social Control in Madrid, 1850-1930 (OUP, 2018). He has co-edited (with Alison Sinclair) a special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Cultural Studies titled “Heroes of Wrongdoing:

Bandits, Rebels and Outsiders” (2017), and a collection of essays titled Writing Wrongdoing in Spain, 1800-1936 (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), both emerging from the AHRC-funded project “Wrongdoing in Spain, 1800-1936:

Realities Representations, Reactions,” in which he was a Research Associate. Llano is currently co-editing (with Tom Whittaker) a special issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies titled “Sound Cultures of Spain.” His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. From September 2018, Llano is Senior Researcher in the ERC-funded project “Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar,” in which Matthew Machin-Autenrieth is Principal Investigator.

 
 
 
 
Dr. Vanessa Paloma Duncan-Elbaz
Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Dr. Vanessa Paloma Duncan-Elbaz has a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne’s Center for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization. Her dissertation ‘Contemporary Jewish Women’s Songs from Northern Morocco: Core Role and Function of a Forgotten Repertoire’, which received ‘félicitations du jury’, was nominated for the best dissertation of the year in 2018. She is an alumna of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University’s School of Music (MM) and Oklahoma Baptist University/Universidad de los Andes (BM Magna Cum Laude). Vanessa has held various research fellowships, including a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar to Morocco (2007-2008), Research Associate of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University (2009-2016) and Research Fellow of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (2015-2018). In 2014, she founded KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive to collect, digitize, classify, and analyze contemporary and historical sound recording of Moroccan Jews. Her publications focus on identity transmission, and the use of music and language in interactions between Moroccan Jews and the majority culture. Her research has been supported by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Maurice Amado Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, and California Council for the Humanities amongst others. Vanessa is active musician, having performed in various festivals around the world and has frequently appeared on radio and television, including PBS, France24 and Al Jazeera International.

 
 
 
 
Dr. Stephen Wilford
Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Stephen Wilford is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and is part of the team working on the European Research Council-funded project ‘Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar’. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, Leeds College of Music, and Goldsmiths, University of London, before completing his AHRC-funded PhD at City, University of London, with a thesis focussing upon music-making among the Algerian diaspora community of London. He has taught at City, University of London, the University of Southampton and Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Stephen’s work focuses upon North African musics, particularly those of Algeria, and spans a range of traditional and contemporary styles. He has a strong interest in the Arab-Andalusi traditions of Algeria, in both colonial and postcolonial contexts. His research is concerned with ideas of collective identity, cultural memory, diaspora and transnational flows of music. He is particularly interested in the role of technologies in the production and circulation of music among composers, performers and listeners, and the connections that these form between North Africa and Europe. His current research is formed of three strands: the role of music in colonial and postcolonial Algeria, with a focus upon the dialogues between Arab-Andalusi and Western Art musics; the practices of contemporary Arab-Andalusi musicians and ensembles within transnational contexts; and the development of Franco-Algerian hip hop since the 1990s. He was an Early Career Research Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research (2016-17), and is currently a member of both the national committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the ethnomusicology committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

 
 
 
 
Eric Petzoldt
PhD Student, University of Cambridge

Eric Petzoldt is a PhD student at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and takes part in the ERC-funded research project ‘Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar‘. His doctoral studies focus on jazz as a medium for intercultural dialogue and a form of cultural diplomacy in Morocco. His project ‘Improvising Euro-Moroccan Intercultural Dialogue: The Role of Jazz Workshops in Present-Day Morocco‘ examines the creation and results of recent music mediation events in the context of jazz festivals initiated or funded by European Union member states. In his research, he is not only concerned with the role of improvised music practices and their use in the production of social cohesion, but also with colonial legacies that shape present-day music-making.

 

Before completing his Masters in Cultural Musicology and Social & Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany, in 2019, Eric studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, the Fiji Islands. He is an active musician drawing from improvised music and jazz practices and the co-producer of two ethnographic films on cultural and environmental change (Undercurrents of a Changing Climate – the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, Guam and Solarwind, a documentary on the implementation of renewable energy in the Cook Islands and El Hierro, Spain).

 
 
 
 
Veronika Lorenser
Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge

Veronika Lorenser acts as project coordinator for the Faculty of Music's (Cambridge) two European Research Council funded projects: 'Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century' (led by Dr David Trippett) and 'Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar' (led by Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth).

 
 
 
 
Claire Letellier
Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge

Claire Letellier acts as project coordinator for the Faculty of Music's (Cambridge) two European Research Council funded projects: 'Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century' (led by Dr David Trippett) and 'Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar' (led by Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth). She is covering Veronika Lorenser while she is on maternity leave.