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Media coverage of El Sistema sexual abuse allegations

There has been considerable media coverage of the sexual abuse allegations coming out of El Sistema. I wrote an article for Caracas Chronicles, and the site’s editors wrote a second one, available in both English and Spanish. There have been investigative reports in Clarín (Argentina), ABC (Spain), and BR-Klassik (Germany). The story has also been… Read More

Article in the Washington Post

On 27 May, an article that I co-authored with William Cheng appeared in the Washington Post. It tackles a difficult subject that I have been investigating for a decade: sexual harassment and abuse within Venezuela’s El Sistema. The story was followed up by Norman Lebrecht on Slipped Disc. This is not the first time that… Read More

New book out!

My new book, Rethinking Social Action through Music: The Search for Coexistence and Citizenship in Medellín’s Music Schools, has now been published by Open Book Publishers.

This book examines the Network of Music Schools of Medellín, founded to promote peaceful coexistence in Colombia’s second city, once known as the most dangerous city on Earth. The program’s history of multiple reinventions and its continual search for improvement shed valuable light on the past, present, and future of Social Action Through Music.

News & projects

Recent article: “El Sistema, ‘El milagro musical venezolano’: La construcción de un mito global.”

Imposing Harmony: Music and Society in Colonial Cuzco has just been published in Spanish translation as Armonía dominante. Música y sociedad en el Cusco colonial.

I am currently working as Director of Research at Agrigento, and as co-investigator on a 3-year international research project on the social impact of making music.

For full information on my research projects, see here.

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