Professor Ingrid Monson is the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music at Harvard University, where she has served as interim dean of arts and humanities and chair of the Department of Music. Monson, who began her career as a trumpet player, specializes in jazz, African American music, and music of the African diaspora and has recently been studying contemporary Senufo balafon. As a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Monson is working on her current project, “Kenedougou Visions,” a book about Neba Solo, a balafonist and composer from Mali. She has recently been featured in The Boston Globe and Harvard Gazette, reporting on this work which employs biographical, historical, musical, and social lenses to illuminate the artist’s social positioning.
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