Special Events

Wednesday, November 13

8:30 am-8:45 pm
Pre-Conference Symposium
Music and Global Health: Toward Collaborative Paradigms
Lilly Auditorium (UL0130), University Library
755 West Michigan Street
IUPUI Campus, Indianapolis

Regular registration: $10. Student registration: $5.

The field of global health offers fertile ground for exploring collaborations between the health sciences, creative arts, and social sciences. Medical researchers often base their success in addressing communal health issues and solutions on their ability to work closely with local populations and cultures. Global health campaigns, in turn, regularly use the arts to disseminate medical knowledge among local populations, deploying strategies developed through “Education-Entertainment” (or Edutainment) and “Theater for Development” research to promote health solutions. These efforts, however, only scratch the surface: increasingly, humanities scholars are noticing how deeply local populations integrate their own understandings of health into their creative expressions, offering commentary on both indigenous views of health and global health efforts in the process.

Music scholars have recently taken a leading role in this conversation, producing a growing literature in “medical ethnomusicology,” and helping to shape the field of global health and the arts more generally. At the heart of this endeavor is the continued challenge to integrate the expertise of humanities scholars effectively with the needs of medical researchers, ultimately deepening our ability to address health inequalities at all levels. The move toward collaborative modes of research that this Pre-Conference gathering represents—including a willingness to open conversations about refashioning systems of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis—aims to encourage further innovation at the rich meeting point between music and the health sciences.

Organized by the 2013 Local Arrangements Committee. Co-Sponsored by the IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program and the IU Center for Global Health.

Made possible with grants from of the Indiana University New Horizons/New Directions Fund and the IU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Preliminary Schedule


Thursday, November 14

First-Time Attendees and New Members Reception
5:30-6:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 10

All first-time conference attendees and new SEM members are invited to attend this event as “guests.” Other SEM members are invited to attend as “hosts.” You may sign up as a guest or host on the online conference registration form.

Welcome Reception
5:30-7:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 5-6

The Welcome Reception features light food and cash bars. All conference attendees are encouraged to attend! At 6:00 pm there will be a special performance by the Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums.

Founded in 2005, Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums is a regimental (military style) drum and pipe corps serving Southern Indiana. One of the largest bagpipe bands in the region, its active membership includes over 30 individuals ranging in age from 7 to 78 and in experience from beginner to competition grade piper. Members of the band hail from the cities of Columbus, Bloomington, North Vernon, and Greensburg, Indiana, and perform at a wide variety of functions and events. One of the primary goals of this band is to explore and share the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe tradition among ourselves and within the local community. The band is open to anyone interested in learning and playing bagpipes and drums in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

Video of Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums performing with the Chieftains in Bloomington, Indiana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDoII5w8KFA

Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums

Friday, November 15

Lunchtime Concert: JIRIDÓN
12:30-1:30 pm
Conference Registration Area

A vibrant explosion of groove and rhythm, JIRIDÓN embodies the vitality of Latin America and West Africa. With drumming and dance repertoires from Colombia and Ivory Coast, JIRIDÓN’s music and dance turn every venue into a circle of power, where collective performance, connection, and joy take over. When JIRIDÓN plays, the trees dance. One of JIRIDÓN’s highlights is the mystical Marimba de Chonta from the Colombian rainforest. Music from the river, music from the soul.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm_069J2V68

Sponsored by the 2013 Local Arrangements Committee.



Concert: Sogbety Diomande’s West African Drum and Dance Company
7:30-8:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 6

Sogbety Diomande’s West African Drum and Dance Ensemble specializes in music, dance, and mask performance from Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Sogbety’s group features Ivorian musicians and dancers formerly with the Ballet National de Côte d’Ivoire who have performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Today these artists form a dispersed community of immigrant performers who live across the eastern US, from New York to Indianapolis. Expect spectacular drumming and dancing, sacred masks spinning on stilts and offering benedictions, dancing masks with lightning-quick feet matching drummed rhythms beat for beat, and much more. Led by phenomenal drummer and mask performer Sogbety Diomande, the ensemble performs traditions from many of Côte d’Ivoire’s 60 ethnic groups, including the Senufo, Guro, Mau, and others.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvmGC4P_b48

Sponsored by the 2013 Local Arrangements Committee and African Music Section.

Sogbety Diomande West African Drum and Dance Company


Stevenson Prize Concert with SEM Orchestra
9:00-11:00 pm
Indiana Ballroom E

The Robert M. Stevenson Prize honors ethnomusicologists who are also composers. For more information, see http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?Prizes_Stevenson.

The SEM-O (SEM Orchestra), the Society for Ethnomusicology’s first official performing group, is an all-volunteer ensemble composed of SEM members performing on instruments of their choosing (including arbitrary objects, body, and voice). It will play a central role in the new biennial Stevenson Prize Concert. The SEM-O also celebrates creative performance as an integral part of ethnomusicology and SEM. To join the SEM-O, see http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?page=Conf_SEMO.


Saturday, November 16

Lunchtime Concert: Wamidan World Music Ensemble
12:30-1:30 pm
Conference Registration Area

Wamidan World Music Ensemble is a student group from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. With James K. Makubuya serving as Artistic Director, this 12-14 member ensemble performs the music and dance of various global folk music traditions, including those from East and South Africa, South and East Asia, India, and Ireland.

Sponsored by the 2013 Local Arrangements Committee and Wabash College.

Wamidan World Music Ensemble – Adungu Players


SEM General Membership Meeting
1:45-3:45 pm
Marriott Ballroom 5-6

Join other SEM members for a review of the Society’s activities and plans, announcement of 2013 election results, and announcements of the winners of Society prizes.

Seeger Lecture
4:00-5:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 5-6

Sherry B. Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty homepage: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/anthro/faculty/ortner/


SEM Banquet
5:45-7:15 pm
Marriott Ballroom 7-9

When in the Course of ethnomusicological events, it becomes necessary for scholars to reinforce the socio-cultural bonds which have connected them with one another, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should eat together and discover anew the causes that impel them to their collective work and play.

Please join us at the SEM Banquet for a ritual of commensality—to share not only food and drink but also ideas and good cheer. The Banquet will be held at 5:45-7:15 pm on Saturday night, immediately following the Seeger Lecture. This year, to make it even easier for you to find old friends and to meet new colleagues who share common interests, tables will be organized around pre-existing “communities,” including SEM Special Interest Groups and Sections, university ethnomusicology programs, and related organizations. We also will have at least two tables for scholars coming to the US from other countries, tables that will include members of the SEM Board and Council. Later this summer, we will post a list of organizations sponsoring tables.

In the meantime, the 2013 Local Arrangements Committee encourages you to include the Banquet in your registration!

Performance by Bernard Woma during SEM Banquet

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqjfwI1LOZM

Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez, and has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Queen Elizabeth II. Recently, he was honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana. He is a true cultural treasure who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include performances with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra; a residency with the Ethos Percussion group; performances and teaching at New York’s AXF: African Xylophone Festival; and programs with various universities and colleges. An additional testimony of his musicianship was the performance of his composition “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall). Bernard is the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Bernard Woma (xylophone) and ensemble


IU Soul Revue Dance Party
8:00-9:30 pm
Indiana Ballroom E,F,G

SEM member & student tickets: $10. Non-member tickets: $20.

Listen, groove, and dance to the soulful sounds of the IU Soul Revue, America’s first and finest collegiate popular music ensemble. The “Revue” will bring to you Black popular music from the 1960s – Motown, Stax, Philly– through the present, capturing a range of emotions, from “love” to “let’s party.” Don’t miss it!

The IU Soul Revue was founded in 1971, with ethnomusicologist Portia K. Maultsby appointed as the ensemble’s first director. Now a full circle moment has occurred with the current ensemble director, ethnomusicologist Tyron Cooper, continuing that fine legacy. For more than 40 years the “Revue” has wowed its local audience and audiences across the country with dynamic performances of timeless R&B, Soul, Funk, and contemporary Black popular music styles delivered by its commanding male and female vocal ensemble, powerful horn line, and tight rhythm section. The group makes annual appearances in schools, colleges and universities, nightclubs, and other venues, and has performed for major events like the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology as the opening act for The Johnny Otis Show. The group has also opened for other renowned artists, including The Emotions, James Brown, The Temptations, Con Funk Shun and Booker T. Jones. Several Soul Revue alumni have gone on to professional careers in the music industry, such as Isaiah Sanders, former keyboardist with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson; Crystal Taliefero, former backup singer and percussionist for Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Billy Joel; Keith Mitchell and Kevon Edmonds of the group After Seven; Michael Burton, saxophonist for Tyler Perry and Mary J. Blige; Lance Tolbert, bassist and keyboardist for Mariah Carey; James Strong, bassist and band leader for L.L Cool J.

Special thanks to the African American Arts Institute, Indiana University Bloomington, for their support of this concert.

Video: http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/video.shtml

IU Soul Revue


Open Mic Jam Session
10:30 pm-1:00 am
Marriott Ballroom 7-9

This year the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Local Arrangements Committee are excited to host an Open Mic Session on Saturday evening, following the IU Soul Revue Dance Party. Any vocalists, instrumentalists, or musicians interested in staging their talents are encouraged to attend. All styles, genres, world areas are welcome. The following equipment will be available for use: 

  • 4 vocal/instrumental microphones and stands
  • a 2 channel guitar amp
  • a cube bass amp
  • 10 channel mixing board

To ensure participation in this unique performance event, please email the following information directly to David A. McDonald (davmcdon@indiana.edu). A set list/schedule will then be posted prior to the Open Mic Session.

Name of Artist/Group:
Contact information:
Number of Musicians:
Style/Genre/World Area:

For questions and comments, please respond to davmcdon@indiana.edu.


Thursday, November 14 – Saturday, November 16

Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC)
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis
(Across the street from the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown)

Convention website: http://www.pas.org/PASIC
Percussive Arts Society website: http://www.pas.org/index.aspx

50% discounted one-day passes are available at the PASIC registration booth for attendees of the SEM 2013 Annual Meeting: $50 regular, $35 student.