SEM Panel in Austin, Texas

In December I am going to participate in a panel at the Society for Ethnomusicology
Conference in Austin, Texas. The name of the panel is -
Defining a New York Latin Sound and a Latin Improvisation Aesthetic.

I am one of the three presenters on the four person panel.  Each of the presenters will write a
paper pertaining to the topic and the fourth member will moderate the panel and comment on
the three papers and make further observations.

Dr. David Garcia (University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll) will be the panel moderator.  Dr.
Sue Miller (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge), Dr. Ben Lapidus (John Jay College, CUNY), and
Dr. Rick Davies (SUNY Plattsburgh) are the three presenters.

Dr. Miller's paper is entitled Defining a New York Latin Sound and a Latin Improvisation
Her primary focus is on the New York charanga bands of the early sixties and their
role in establishing a New York style of improvisation.

Clave, Honor and Tradition: the Music of Sonny Bravo in New York City is the name of the paper
presented by Dr. Lapidus. The focus of the paper is the work of New York
pianist/composer/arranger Sonny Bravo and his philosophy of clave.

From Chappottín to Jimmy Bosch: The Aesthetic of Afro-Cuban Brass Improvisation by Dr. Davies
describes the development of brass improvisation in the Afro-Cuban mode both in Cuba and in

It should be an interesting and eye opening experience and I am excited to be part of this panel.