Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (1855)

I love this Whitman quote because it speaks to the ways I consider myself a Renaissance woman, which is reflected in the variety of work I do and topics that interest me. 

I am a freelance writer, editor, and independent scholar with a PhD in ethnomusicology (translation: the anthropology of music, or the study of music within its larger socio-cultural context).  

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I offer a few other professional services (presentations/talks, Spanish translation, etc.), which you can find out about by exploring this site. Thanks for visiting!

I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. My undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Music, was completed at Barnard College and Columbia University. 

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  1. Hi Rebecca, I just read your book and loved it, so much that I got your dissertation and read that too. I spent part of last summer studying with Cutumba in Santiago, so the emphasis on eastern Cuba really spoke to me. And it is so interesting to get the details on the famous (and not-so-famous) rumba groups, the lives of the musicians, the story of guarapachangueo (a style I particularly like). Thank you! (P.S. I was recently in SF to record a rumba I wrote with Pescao as gallo, Jesus Gonzalez and a couple other players. Hope you are able to keep up with the Bay Area rumba scene — I miss it.)

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