2008 PhD, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
2003 M.A. Musicology, Tulane University
1995 B.Music, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Dual degree: Classical Guitar Performance and Sound Recording
Matt Sakakeeny has lived and worked in New Orleans since 1997. His research explores the intersection of music with race, economics, and politics, particularly in the performance of African American music. His forthcoming book, Instruments of Power: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, considers the brass band as a powerful symbol of local black culture. Matt has published in journals such as Ethnomusicology, Black Music Research Journal, Contemporary Political Theory, and Current Musicology, and filed reports for public radio's All Things Considered, Marketplace, and WWOZ's Street Talk. Research has been supported by Louisiana ATLAS program, the National Science Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Matt first moved to New Orleans as the co-producer of the public radio program American Routes and he continues to serve as Senior Contributing Producer.
2012. Why Dey Had to Kill Him? The Life and Death of Shotgun Joe.Oxford American 79: 142-148.
2012. New Orleans Exceptionalism in "The Neoliberal Deluge" and "Treme."Perspectives on Politics 10(3): 723-726.
2011. New Orleans Music as a Circulatory System. Black Music Research Journal 31(2): 291-325.
2011. "New Orleans, Louisiana, USA," Critical Exchange on David Simon's Treme, Contemporary Political Theory 10(3): 395-398.
2010. “Under the Bridge”: An Orientation to Soundscapes in New Orleans. Ethnomusicology 54(1): 1-27
[Video supplements to this article can be viewed here.]
2006. Resounding Silence in the Streets of a Musical City. Space and Culture 9(1):41-44
2005. Disciplinary Movements, the Civil Rights Movement, and Charles Keil’s “Urban
Blues.” Current Musicology 79-80:143-168
2002. Indian Rulers: Mardi Gras Indians and New Orleans Funk. The Jazz Archivist
Ongoing Research Projects:
Manuscript Instruments of Power: Brass Bands in Contemporary New Orleans under contract with Duke University Press.
Forthcoming essay “The Representational Power of the New Orleans Brass Band," in Brass Bands of the World: Militarism, Colonialism, and Local Music Making, Suzel Reily and Kate Brucher, eds. London: Ashgate.
Board member for the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund and volunteer for the Roots of Music afterschool program, therootsofmusic.com
Matt Sakakeeny_CV.pdf available for download
MUSC 343 African American Music
MUSC 344 Blues in American Life
MUSC 703 Introduction to Graduate Studies
MUSC 706 Introduction to New Orleans Music and Resources
MUSC 1890 New Orleans Music
MUSC 3450 Music and Politics
Newcomb Department of Music, 102 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5267 email@example.com