A scholar of African American music and of Indigenous musics of the Southwestern Pacific, Gabriel Solis has done ethnographic and historical research with jazz musicians in the United States and with musicians in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Drawing on work in African American studies, anthropology, and history, he addresses the ways people engage the past, performing history and memory through music. Additionally, his work explores musicians' and audiences' interactions with and personalization of mass-mediated musical commodities in transnational circulation.
B.A. (musicology), University of Wisconsin
Ph. D. (musicology/ethnomusicology), Washington University in St. Louis
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, School of Music
Professor, African American Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Solis, G. (2020). Jazz, Stuart Hall’s Critique, and the Challenge of the Aesthetic. History of the Present, 10(1), 152-156. https://doi.org/10.1215/21599785-8221506
Bissett Perea, J., & Solis, G. (2019). Asking the Indigeneity Question of American Music Studies. Journal of the Society for American Music, 13(4), 401-410. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1752196319000348
Bissett Perea, J., & Solis, G. (Eds.) (2019). Music, Indigeneity, and Colonialism in the Americas. Journal of the Society for American Music, 13(4).
Solis, G. (2019). Soul, Afrofuturism & the Timeliness of Contemporary Jazz Fusions. Daedalus, 148(2), 23-35. https://doi.org/10.1162/DAED_a_01740
Bradley, R. N., Kajikawa, L., Labennett, O., Hosang, D. M., & Solis, G. (2018). Pedagogies of music, politics, and race: a roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the American studies association; November 12, 2017; Chicago, Illinois. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 30(3), 17-44. https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2018.200002