Juan Eduardo Wolf
Juan Eduardo Wolf began as an assistant professor in ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon in Fall 2013. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students in courses that include: Music in World Cultures, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Music in the Americas, Music in Puerto Rico, and Race in Latin American Music. You can find his current course offerings at his blog.
His ethnographic research focuses on how people of African and indigenous descent in Chile and the south-central Andes use music-dance to understand and represent themselves. In his current book project, entitled “Afro-Chile?! Styling Blackness in Music-Dance,” he examines how the tumbe carnaval performed by members of different Afro-descendant organizations in Arica, Chile relate to how they are recognized on the national and international level. He contextualizes this relatively recent practice through comparison with the other forms of music-dance that reference Blackness in the region.
Wolf’s interests also include other types of Andean festive performance; he has presented conference papers at the meetings of Society of Ethnomusicology and Latin American Studies Association on Arica’s Carnaval Andino as well as brass band performance at religious celebrations in the region. One of his Spanish language articles on the local panpipe tradition, lakitas, was published in a book on the subject. On a related note, Wolf is concerned with Andean indigenous languages and their revitalization. He has studied Aymara and co-wrote an Inga language (a variety of Quechua) textbook, Inga Rimangapa ¡Samuichi! with Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy and John H. McDowell. His interest in documenting and preserving expressive culture in informed by his music technology minor and his experience working on the staff of the EVIA digital archive project.
Wolf coordinates the SOMD World Music Series, a concert series began by his predecessor, Dr. Mark Levy. The series gives the UO community an opportunity to hear musicians of high caliber performing in a variety of genres from around the globe. You can follow the series on Facebook.
Wolf is also a core faculty member of the Folklore Program and helps lead a Research Action Project (RAP) that is part of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) at the University of Oregon. His teaching experience includes courses on Folklore in the U.S. as well as Latino and U.S. immigration history.
As a performer, Wolf has worked with several ensembles as percussionist, guitarist, vocalist, and composer. In the spring quarter, he leads the Andean Ensemble, Los Wallatas, for credit, where university students learn how to perform on lakitas, tarkas, and instruments in the orquesta andina tradition.