Mark Lomanno--a Mellon Foundation/Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies at Swarthmore College--teaches courses in ethnomusicology (ethnographic methods and world musics), jazz (history, theory, and improvisation), music of the trans-Atlantic African Diaspora, U.S. popular music, and Western European classical 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. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Special Interest Group on Improvisation.
Lomanno's research focuses on improvisation as both a musical and cultural process and its application in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-based scholarship and pedagogy. His current projects include ethnographic and performance work in the Canary Islands and a monograph on the intersections of teaching, scholarship, and musical performance in jazz studies. 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 articles on re-orchestrations of Duke Ellington's "Far East Suite" (in the journal Jazz Perspectives and Afro/Canarian jazz fusion and critical geography (in Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures); an essay on Middle Eastern jazz in the textbook Discover Jazz; and entries on jazz and Afro-Latin musicians in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He also has forthcoming contributions in the journals Ethnomusicology Review and Twentieth-Century Music; Oxford University Press's Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography; and an edited volume on cross-cultural jazz improvisation for Duke University Press.
In addition to a longtime piano trio project, 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, a collaborative release of Afro-Latin jazz with Canarian saxophonist Kike Perdomo and NYC-based latin jazz musicians, bassist Gregg August and drummer Vince Cherico. While studying at Rutgers, he performed widely in New York City (at venues such as the 55 Bar and the Jazz Standard) 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 Cuban composers 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.