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Research Collaborator

McGill University

Dr. Barg’s research draws from modernist studies, jazz studies, and theories of race, gender, and sexuality. Her publications include “Black Voices/White Sounds: Race and Representation in Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts,” which was published in American Music (200) and was awarded the Kurt Weill Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Music Theater in 2001. She also has contributed an article on Duke Ellington’s jazz concert work Black, Brown and Beige to the volume Playing Changes: New Jazz Studies, and is currently writing a book on the subject of black internationalism, modernism, and identity in the music of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Dr. Barg received her BA in arts from Antioch College and her MA in music history and PhD in music/musicology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.