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Maria Sonevytsky

Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013-2014, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies






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Maria Sonevytsky is an ethnomusicologist and musician. Her primary research interests include discourses of indigeneity and “wildness” in post-Soviet Ukrainian popular music, cultural policy, music and nationalism, and folklore and nuclear experience after Chornobyl. She also works on critical organology, and wrote her M.A. thesis on the piano accordion and its “cultural baggage” among performers in New York City. In February 2012, she received her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. Her dissertation, “‘Wild Music’: Ideologies of Exoticism in Two Ukrainian Borderlands,” was based on fieldwork that she did in Crimea and Western Ukraine (among Hutsuls) in 2008-9 and was awarded distinction. In 2011, Dr. Sonevytsky presented “The Chornobyl Songs Projects: Living Culture from a Lost World” that sought to broaden public awareness about the cultural impact of nuclear disaster by reviving ritual song repertoires from rural communities around Chornobyl that were dispersed after 1986. The project culminated with multi-media performances in four cities, and will result in a recording from Smithsonian Folkways in 2013. Dr. Sonevytsky is also an accomplished accordionist, as well as a vocalist and pianist. She performs with a composers’ collective in New York City called Anti-Social Music.

Dr. Sonevytsky will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 2014.

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