Associate Professor: Creative Studies & Media / Ethnomusicology
Scott Currie earned bachelor’s degrees at Swarthmore College (Physics and Political Science) and the State University of New York College at Old Westbury (African-American Music), master’s degrees at City University of New York (Education) and New York University (Ethnomusicology), and his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at New York University. His research to date has focused on ethnographic studies of avant-garde jazz practice in New York City and Berlin, as well as historical/ethnographic studies of Ornette Coleman’s collaborations with the Master Musicians of Jajouka, Morocco. He has received grants from the German Marshall Fund, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and New York University, and published articles and reviews in the Glendora Review and Ethnomusicology. Before joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota, he taught jazz history, world music, African-American music, Afro-Caribbean music, and Afropop at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and New York University. In addition, he has served as associate director of the Vision Festival, an independent avant-garde arts festival in New York, and founded the Sound Vision Orchestra, in which he currently serves as president. He has performed on saxophones with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Alan Silva, Marty Ehrlich, J. D. Parran, and the Other Dimensions in Music collective.