Juan Eduardo "Ed" Wolf
Juan Eduardo Wolf began as an assistant professor in ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon in Fall 2013. He teaches the Music in World Cultures and Introduction to Ethnomusicology courses, as well as additional classes on doing ethnographic fieldwork and the relationship between racial ideologies and Latin American music-dance. His research focuses on such issues, particularly as they relate to people of African and indigenous descent in Chile and the Andes. In his dissertation, entitled “Afro-Chile?! Styling Blackness in the Music-Dance along Chile’s Northern Border,” he examined how music-dance expressions performed by members of different Afro-descendant groups in Arica, Chile relate to how they are recognized in their local communities and on the national and international level.
Wolf’s interests also include other types of Andean festive performance; he has presented conference papers 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. In Fall 2013, Wolf coordinated a performance of the master sitar player, Kartik Seshadri.
Wolf is also a core faculty member of the Folklore Program and sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) at the University of Oregon. While at Indiana University, Wolf taught courses on Folklore in the U.S within the Folklore Department as well as Latino and U.S. immigration history as part of the Latinos Studies Program.
As a performer, Wolf has worked with several ensembles as percussionist, guitarist, vocalist, and composer. He plans to offer ensemble courses on Andean music and other forms of Latin American music in the 2014 academic year.