Samuel R. Thomas, ethnomusicologist and bandleader, has been forging an artist/scholar model for ten years. Drawing upon the rich repertoire of piyyutim for textual inspiration, as well as the plethora of musical traditions found throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Thomas' work as a performer and composer centers on reinvigoration and reinvention. As an ethnographer and ethnomusicologist, Thomas works within the Brooklyn Sephardic community, researching and interpreting the translocal effects on identity construction from such musical practices for members from different sub-ethnic, Sephardic groups.
Samuel R. Thomas appears in the following:
The Greene Space
Performing Piyyutim: Sephardic Music, Poetry and Spirituality
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Join Leonard Lopate, ethnomusicologist and bandleader Samuel R. Thomas and voices from within the Brooklyn Sephardic community for an exploration of Sephardic sacred poems through live musical performance and conversation.