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The Dream Unstarted: El Sistema’s discordant notes

The Inter-American Development Bank identified El Sistema’s excessive centralization in Caracas as a key weakness when it became involved with the Venezuelan youth orchestra scheme in the late 1990s. In 2007, the bank made a loan to finance the construction of high-spec music centres in seven regional cities in order to decentralize the program. The… Read More

¡Ya disponible! “Replanteando la acción social por la música”

Existe una narrativa de acción social por la música (ASPM) que resulta familiar en el Norte global: el programa orquestal venezolano El Sistema, creado en 1975, irrumpió en la escena musical clásica internacional en 2007 con el debut de la Orquesta Juvenil Simón Bolívar en los Proms, dando lugar a un movimiento global inspirado en… Read More

Recent book

Rethinking Social Action through Music: The Search for Coexistence and Citizenship in Medellín’s Music Schools was published in 2021 as an open access book (free to download).

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

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

Rethinking Social Action Through Music has been published in Spanish translation as Replanteando la acción social por la música.

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

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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