Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Punjabi drummers are heard globally through the vehicle of hedonistic bhangra music. Yet, as Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music and director of ethnomusicology at Pomona College will demonstrate with unfamiliar and surprising examples, much of the playing Punjabi drummers do in their local communities occurs in the context of religious devotion.
Gibb Schreffler is assistant professor of music and director of ethnomusicology at Pomona College. A scholar engaged in both the contemporary ethnographic and historical study of musical culture, his diverse areas of expertise include the vernacular music and dance of South Asia’s Punjab region, the work-songs of 19th-century American sailors, and the aesthetic practices of Jamaican DJs. His work related to traditional Punjabi drummers appears in numerous journals including Asian Music, South Asian History & Culture, Popular Music & Society, Sikh Formations, and Journal of Punjab Studies.
Professor Schreffler’s Athenaeum performance and presentation is co-sponsored by the Sikh Studies Fund.