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Graduate Research Assistant

McGill University

Sean Lorre is a PhD student in the Musicology program at McGill University. In addition to his studies at McGill and involvement with ICASP, Sean works as a part-time lecturer for Rutgers University’s Arts-Online Division, teaching a course on Jazz and Black Music in the United States. His research interests include the jazz bass tradition before bebop, rural blues in the popular arena, and the work of guitarist Marc Ribot. He has contributed biographical profiles and encyclopedia entries to Grove Music, and the Music in American Life series. Sean’s performance activities as a bassist have included numerous jazz, classical, folk, rock and experimental improvisational outlets.

There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls