Michael Bakan: From Gamelan and Global Grooves to E-WoMPs and Autism

Tuesday / March 24, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States


Michael B. Bakan is an associate professor of ethnomusicology, head of ethnomusicology and world music, and director of the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble at Florida State University. He is the author of two books: World Music: Traditions and Transformations and Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur. The London Times called the latter one of the "most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century."

His other publications include peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters covering a wide range of topics, from the ethnomusicology of autism, Balinese gamelan, and world percussion to multicultural music education, electronic music technology, and jazz history.

At FSU, Bakan is the director of the university's Balinese gamelan ensemble, Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung. He also directs the Music-Play Project, a medical ethnomusicology program for children on the autism spectrum and their families. He has composed numerous neotraditional and intercultural/experimental works for gamelan, is active as a professional percussionist, has held offices in the Society for Ethnomusicology and College Music Society, and formerly served as president of the Southeast/Caribbean regional chapter of SEM.