Visiting Assistant Professor of Music & Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Lang Music Building 414
Mark Lomanno joins the Music Faculty at Swarthmore College as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies in Fall 2013 and will offer courses in ethnomusicology (ethnographic methods and world musics), jazz (history, theory, and improvisation), music of the trans-Atlantic African Diaspora, and U.S. popular music. He earned a BA in Music and Latin at the University of Richmond, an MA in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University Newark, and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lomanno's research focuses on improvisation as both musical and cultural practice and its subversive potential for emergent, critically engaged vantage points grounded in everyday experience and collaboration. Continuing his doctoral research based in the Canary Islands, he studies how Afro/Canarian jazz musicians negotiate local and global isolation through improvising musical and discursive performances that play across established notions of bounded cultural identity and musical genre. His current book project emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary, dialogic, and advocacy-based scholarship in jazz studies. Drawing on comparative literature, ethno/musicology, and anthropology, the book explores how improvised jazz performance can provide new theoretical lenses and dynamic models for elaborating on all of these disciplines and their methodologies through lived experience and performative research approaches.
He has presented research at the annual meetings of the American Comparative Literature Association, the International Society of Improvised Music, and the Society of Ethnomusicology, among others. Recent publications include an article on re-orchestrations of Duke Ellington's Far East Suite in the journal Jazz Perspectives and an essay on Middle Eastern jazz in the textbook Discover Jazz. He also has forthcoming contributions in Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, the Journal of African History, The Grove Dictionary of American Music, and Oxford University Press's Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.
His career as a jazz pianist includes the recent recordings Tales and Tongues with Le Monde Caché, a San Antonio-based jazz group that plays Brazilian, Afro-Latin and Jewish diasporic repertoire; and Celebrate Brooklyn II, an upcoming, collaborative release of Afro-Latin jazz with Canarian saxophonist Kike Perdomo. While studying at Rutgers, he performed widely in New York City and managed a jazz club in Harlem. He has premiered several compositions by the electro-acoustic composer Matthew McCabe, and his performances of works by Ignacio Cervantes and Manuel Saumell are featured on the 2007 documentary, Cuba: Rhythm in Motion. Mark maintains a blog, "The Rhythm of Study" (rhythmofstudy.com) that focuses on collaborative and interdisciplinary discussions of jazz and improvised music in the arts, academia, and social advocacy.