Meeting on April 10, 2017

Time: 2:30–4:30pm

Location: Barnard Hall 306.

We are pleased to welcome Prof. Tomie Hahn (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) to conduct a studio workshop teaching us an improvisatory practice called “banding.” Please wear comfortable clothes if you wish to participate in the activity. We will have a discussion after the workshop.


Tomie Hahn is a performer and ethnologist whose activities span a wide range of topics including: Japanese traditional performing arts, Monster Truck rallies, issues of identity and creative expression of multiracial individuals, and relationships of technology and culture; interactive dance/movement performance; and gestural control and extended human/computer interface in the performing arts. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology fromWesleyan University, M.A. in urban ethnomusicology from New York University, and B.S. in performance and art history from Indiana University (Bloomington campus). Tomie is a teacher/performer of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and of nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance) holding the professional stage name, Samie Tachibana. Her ethnography Sensational Knowledge-Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance (Wesleyan University Press) was the 2008 recipient of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Alan P. Merriam Prize, which recognizes the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology.