Information on Contributors

Ben Brinner is a professor at U.C. Berkeley, where he is currently chair of the Department of Music. His research has focused on issues of musical cognition, particularly memory, competence, and interaction among musicians. His books include Knowing Music, Making Music: Javanese Gamelan and the Theory of Competence and Interaction (Chicago, 1995) and his new work, Playing Across A Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters (Oxford, 2009), based on one and a half decades of research on the ethnic music scene in Israel.


Galeet Dardashti received her Ph.D. in anthropology in Fall 2009 from the University of Texas, Austin. Her dissertation explores issues of cultural politics in the performance of contemporary Mizrahi and Arab music in Israel, and she lectures widely throughout the United States on her academic work. She is also an active performer of traditional and original Middle Eastern and Arab Jewish music both as the leader and vocalist for the all female Mizrahi/Sephardi band Divhan [insert link:] and with her new multimedia musical project, The Naming. [insert link:]


C. Michael Elavsky is Assistant Professor of Communications and teaches in the Media Studies Department at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests are centered on developments in the global music industries, music as cultural and political communication, and postcommunist cultural studies.


Jehoash Hirshberg has been a professor at the Musicology Department, Hebrew University, Jerusalem since 1971. His versatile research fields include the secular music of the fourteenth century, the Italian solo concerto at the age of Vivaldi, and Italian opera during the decade of unification 1860-70. He has published three books and many articles on the history and sociology of art music in Israel, including Music in the Jewish Community of Palestine 1880-1948: A Social History (Oxford, 1995).


James Loeffler is Assistant Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia and Research Associate at the Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications include The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire (Yale, 2010) and “Do Zionists Read Music from Right to Left? Avraham Zvi Idelsohn and the Invention of Israeli Music,” Jewish Quarterly Review (forthcoming 2010).


David A. McDonald is Assistant Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Since 2002 he has worked closely with Palestinian communities dispersed throughout Israel, Jordan, and the Occupied Territories. His book, My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance, will be published by Duke University Press in 2010.


Joel Rubin is Assistant Professor and Director of Music Performance at the University of Virginia. He has published numerous books and articles on klezmer and other Jewish musical traditions among them Klezmer-Musik (Bärenreiter/dtv, 1999) and Jüdische Musiktraditionen (Gustav Bosse-Verlag, 2001). As a clarinetist, Rubin has performed internationally and recorded extensively since the early 1980s.


Amit M. Schejter is Associate Professor of Communications and Co-Director of the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State University. His background includes a decade of holding senior executive positions in the telecommunication industry in Israel, among them general counsel for Israeli public broadcasting and vice president of Israel’s largest mobile operator. His books include The Wonder Phone in the Land of Miracles: Mobile Telephony in Israel, co-authored with Akiba Cohen and Dafna Lemish (Hampton, 2008) and Muting Israeli Democracy: How Media and Cultural Policies Undermine Freedom of Expression (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2009).


Edwin Seroussi is Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include Popular Music and National Culture in Israel (Univ. of California, 2004) (co-written with Motti Regev), Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Music in Nineteenth-century Reform Sources from Hamburg: Ancient Tradition in the Dawn of Modernity (Jerusalem, 1996), and Cancionero sefardí by Alberto Hemsi (Jerusalem, 1995), and he has edited several CDs of Jewish music, among them Titgadal ve-titkadash betokh Yerushalayim - Jerusalem in Hebrew Prayers and Songs (Wergo, Berlin 1996) and Chants judéo-espagnols de la Mediterraneé orientale (Inedit, Paris 1994).


Francesco Spagnolo is Director of Research and Collections at the Magnes, in Berkeley, California. A multidisciplinary scholar with a focus on Jewish studies, music, and digital media, he holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Milan and a doctorate in musicology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author and editor of numerous publications, including The Dance of the Chameleon: Quotation, Textual Strategies and Survival (in Italian) Milan, 1999) and the audio anthology “Italian Jewish Musical Traditions” (Rome-Jerusalem, 2001).


Yosef Goldenberg teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he also serves as head librarian. His main research interests concern theory and analysis of tonal music (especially Schenkerian theory) as well as Israeli art and folk music. He is the Author of Prolongation of Seventh Chords in Tonal Music (Edwin Mellen Press 2008), based on his PhD, written under the supervision of Prof. Roger Kamien. His analytical studies include publications in Journal of Music Theory, Journal of Schenkerian Studies, Music Theory Online and Theory & Practice.


Morel Koren holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Arts “George Enescu” Iasi, Romania. He is responsible for the computer-music laboratory at the Music Department, Bar-Ilan University, and also teaches music, with special interests in the history and development of music technology, musical timbre, and the integration of computers and new sound technologies in music education.


Menachem Wiesenberg holds a PhD in composition from Bar Ilan University. Composer, arranger, pianist and educator is one of Israel's most varied and acclaimed musicians. Graduated with a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music, he is now a Senior Lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and was the founder and Head of the Interdisiplinary Music Department there. In addition, Menahem Wiesenberg is the Director of Interdisciplinary Program at the Jerusalem Music Center founded by the late Maestro Isaac Stern. He was nominated the first Visiting Israeli Composer by the J.M.I. in London. His music is published by the Schott Edition and by the I.M.I.