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Alejandro L. Madrid

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Alejandro L. Madrid (August 25, 1968) is a music scholar, cultural theorist, and professor, whose research focuses on Latina/o and Latin American musics and sound practices. He is professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at Cornell University.[1]

Madrid received a B.M. in guitar performance from The Boston Conservatory, an M.F.A. in music performance from SUNY Purchase, an M.M. in musicology from University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in musicology with a minor in comparative cultural studies from the Ohio State University.[2]

Madrid is a recipient of the Dent Medal given by the Royal Musical Association and the International Musicological Society the 2016 Humanities Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association-Mexico Section, the Robert M. Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society (AMS, in 2016 and 2014, the 2012 Ruth A. Solie Award from the AMS, the 2010 Woody Guthrie Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Branch and the 2005 Casa de las Américas Prize for Latin American Musicology[1][3][4].

He has been invited to deliver national and international keynote addresses and lectureships, including the Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[5]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Los sonidos de la nación moderna. Música, cultura e ideas en el México posrevolucionario, 1920-1930 (2008) ISBN 978-9592602274; English translation: Sounds of the Modern Nation. Music, Culture, and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (2009) ISBN 978-1592136940
  • Nor-Tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World (2008) 978-0195342628
  • Music in Mexico (2012) ISBN 978-0199812806
  • Danzón. Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (with Robin D. Moore, 2013) ISBN 978-0199965823
  • In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13 (2015) ISBN 978-0190215781

Edited volumes[edit | edit source]

  • Postnational Musical Identities. Cultural Production, Distribution, and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario (2007, co-edited with Ignacio Corona) ISBN 978-0739118214
  • Transnational Encounters. Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border ISBN 9780199735938

Essays and other short works[edit | edit source]

  • “Diversity, Tokenism, Non-Canonical Musics, and the Crisis of the Humanities in U.S. Academia." Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2017): 124-129. 
  • Madrid, Alejandro L. and Robin D. Moore, “Cuestiones de género: el danzón como un complejo de performance." Boletín Música, No. 42 (2016): 3-55.
  • “Landscapes and Gimmicks from the 'Sounded City': Listening for the Nation at the Sound Archive." Sound Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. II, No. 2 (2016): 119-136.
  • “Más que ‘tontas canciones de amor’: Sentimentalismo cosmopolita en la balada romántica de México en los 1970s y 1980s,” in Canção romantica. Intimidade, mediação e identidade na América Latina, ed. by Martha Ulhoa and Simone Luci Pereira, 47-69. Rio de Janeiro: Folio Digital, 2016.
  • “Renovation, Rupture, and Restoration: The Modernist Musical Experience in Latin America,” in The Modernist World, ed. by Stephen Ross and Allana C. Lindgren, 409-416. New York and London: Routledge, 2015.
  • “Rigo Tovar, Cumbia, and the Transnational Grupero Boom,” in Cumbia!: Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre, ed. by Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Pablo Vila, 105-118. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.
  • “Cantar la negritud: capeyuye e identidad mascoga en la frontera México-Estados Unidos." Boletín Música, No. 32 (2012): 3-22. 
  • “Music, Media Spectacle, and the Idea of Democracy. The Case of DJ Kermit’s ‘Gober,’” in Media, Sound, and Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, ed. by Alejandra Bronfman and Andrew G. Wood, 71-84. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
  • “American Music in Times of Postnationality.” Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 63, No. 3 (2011): 699-703.
  • “Música y nacionalismos en Latinoamérica,” in A tres bandas. Mestizaje, sincretismo e hibridación en el espacio sonoro iberoamericano (s. XVI-s. XX), ed. by Albert Recasens and Christian Spencer Espinoza, 227-235. Madrid: SEACEX, 2010.
  • “The Sounds of the Nation: Visions of Modernity and Tradition in Mexico’s First National Congress of Music.” Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 86, No. 4 (2006): 681-706.
  • "Dancing with Desire. Cultural Embodiment and Negotiation in Tijuana's Nor-Tec Music and Dance." Popular Music, Vol. 25, No. 3 (2006): 383-399.
  • “Imagining Modernity, Revising Tradition. Nor-tec Music in Tijuana and Other Borders.” Popular Music and Society, Vol. 28, No. 5 (2005): 595-618.
  • “Navigating Ideologies in ‘In-Between’ Cultures. Signifying Practices in Nor-tec Music.” Latin American Music Review, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2003): 270-286.
  • “Transculturación, performatividad e identidad en la Sinfonía No. 1 de Julián Carrillo.” Resonancias, No. 12 (2003): 61-86. 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dent Medal for 2017 awarded to Alejandro L. Madrid". Royal Musical Association. 12 June 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. "Alejandro L. Madrid". Cornell University. The Department of Music. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. "Robert M. Stevenson Award Winners". American Musicological Society. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. "Premio de Musicologia Casa de las Americas". Casa de las Americas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 19, 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  5. "Alejandro Madrid (Cornell), Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology". Illinois Musicology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. September 8, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2018.



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