MA Candidate - Afro-Asia: Jazz Politics and Cross-Cultural Music Production in the 1960s
Noah is a double bassist and ethnomusicologist whose research centers on migration, interculturalism, and the politics of race and power of jazz music in the United States. His Gallatin thesis locates the cross-cultural elements found in the music of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and other avant-garde musicians from the 1960s within the progressive social movements of that era. In his work, he aims to show how the inclusion of Pan-Asian musical elements within “free jazz” Black musical aesthetics gesture towards an “Afro-Asian” solidarity rhetoric vocalized by the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, Mahatma Gandhi, Mao Zedong, and Malcolm X. Originally from Berkeley, California, and with familial roots in Manila, capital city of the Philippines, he remains sensitive to music’s ability to push the boundaries of multicultural discourse and cross-racial understanding, especially in urban spaces of migration like San Francisco Bay Area and New York. He hopes to utilize the work he has done while at Gallatin to inform research that considers the music and musicians who engage in this form of music-making today.