Faculty - David Font Navarrete
Office: Music Building, Room 304
Office Hours: TBA
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Antioch College; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D., York University
David Font-Navarrete is a musician, artist, and ethnomusicologist. As an ethnomusicologist, he has conducted primary research in Cuba, Senegal, the Gambia, and the United States. The subjects of his publications include traditional Afro-Cuban and African music, the "tradi-modern" Congotronics series of recordings, the Sublime Frequencies label, and Bass. His current research projects include: a book and multimedia project on Afro-Cuban music (co-written with Kenneth Schweitzer), Lukumí Music: Art, Ritual, and Culture; a monograph on the confluence of cultural traditions, avant-garde art, and ethnography titled Art at the Edge of Tradition; and an English translation of Lydia Cabrera's El Monte. Font-Navarrete earned a BA from Antioch College (1995), an MA from the University of Maryland College Park (2007), and a PhD from York University (2011). Before joining Lehman College CUNY in 2017, he worked at Duke University, Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami Dade College, and Washington College.
- 2018. “Inside, Outside, and Between: On Translation and the Study of Afro-Cuban Music.” Musicology Now
- 2016. “The Amplification of Muted Voices: Notes On a Recitation of the Adhan.” Sounding Out!
- 2016. “Ambient Sounds in Sublime Frequencies as Art (and/or) Ethnography.” In Punk Ethnography: The Sublime Frequencies Companion, edited by Michael Veal and E. Tammy Kim. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.
- 2016. Translation (Spanish–English) of “Timba, rumba, y la ‘apropiación desde adentro’” by Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros. In A Latin American Music Reader: Views from the South, edited by Javier León and Helena Simonett. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.
- 2015. “Awo Ayan: Metaphysical Dimensions of the Yoruba Divinity of Drumming.” Co-authored with Akinsola Akiwowo. In The Yoruba God of Drumming: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Wood That Talks, edited by Amanda Villepastour. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.
- 2015. “Bass 101: Miami, Rio, and the Global Music South.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 27 (4): 488-517.
- 2011. “‘File Under Import’: Musical Distortion, Exoticism, and Authenticité in Congotronics.” Ethnomusicology Review 16.