Tamar Barzel

Head Librarian, Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound

Tamar Barzel
(650) 725-1146

I manage the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound. As a Music Subject Specialist with a research background in ethnomusicology, I also build collections, lead class sessions in research methods, and provide support for research into music of all times and places.

Tamar Barzel

Head Librarian, Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound

I manage the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound. As a Music Subject Specialist with a research background in ethnomusicology, I also build collections, lead class sessions in research methods, and provide support for research into music of all times and places.

Education 

  • M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, Long Island University
  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan
  • B.Mus., Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Professional activities 

Professional affiliations include the American Musicological Society, Music Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Society for American Music, and Society for Ethnomusicology.

Special projects include Julius Hemphill : Composer, a digital humanities project developed in 2019–2020 for the Division of Libraries, New York University. 

Selected publications 

“‘We Began from Silence’: Toward a Genealogy of Free Improvisation in Mexico City: Atrás del Cosmos at Teatro El Galeón, 1975–1977.” In Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America, ed. Eduardo Herrera, Alejandro Madrid, and Ana Alonso Minutti, 189–226. Oxford University Press, 2018.

New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene. Indiana University Press, 2015.

“Subsidy/Advocacy/Theory: Experimental Music in the Academy, New York City and Beyond.” In People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now, ed. Ajay Heble and Rob Wallace, 153–65. Duke University Press, 2013. 

Web: "Hawaiian Steel Guitar as Resistance Music: Tracing a Hidden History." Guest post, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. August 12, 2020.

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