Music Department Colloquium: Charlotte D’Evelyn—“Mongolian Throat Singing on the Global Stage: More than Meets the Ear”

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown


Charlotte D’Evelyn, Assistant Professor of Music at Skidmore College, gives a talk entitled “Mongolian Throat Singing on the Global Stage: More than Meets the Ear.”

Charlotte D’Evelyn (Assistant Professor of Music, Skidmore College) has spent over a decade studying music, ethnic identity, and heritage politics in Inner Mongolia, China. She received her PhD from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2013 and has been conducting research on music and ethnic boundaries on both sides of the Mongolia-China border for almost 15 years. Her career as an ethnomusicologist began in 2002 when she first visited China for language exchange and where she began her first studies of the Chinese erhu. Her curiosity for this instrument launched her into a life-long interest in spike fiddles and music cultures of the silk roads. In 2009, she began research on the Mongolian morin khuur (horsehead fiddle) in Inner Mongolia, China. She has continued this research on both sides of the border, including a Fulbright research semester in the independent nation of Mongolia in the spring of 2023. Her current book project investigates music as a site of ethnic boundary-work across the Mongolia-Inner Mongolia border and examines how Inner Mongol musicians resist and re-formulate ethnic boundaries through musical performance.

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