American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology &
Society for Music Theory
Joint Annual Meeting November 1-4, 2012 New Orleans, Louisiana
Of all the cities where a joint meeting of AMS, SEM, and SMT might be held, few are as rich in music history as New Orleans. From enslaved Africans drumming and dancing in Congo Square to the first opera company in the North America, from Louis Moreau Gottschalk to Louis Armstrong, from Jelly Roll Morton playing bordellos in Storyville to the contemporary elegance of Allen Toussaint in concert, from Mardi Gras Indian chants to New Orleans bounce, the city’s musical foliage has been and continues to be remarkably lush. Recent popular media recognition of this fact has come in the form of the HBO series Treme, named after a historic New Orleans neighborhood and focusing on musicians as central dramatis personae. Several institutions in town exist in whole or in part to document the city’s music history, including the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. A more conducive environment for music scholars to play, discuss, eat, and breathe music for four days would be hard to find.