POSTPONED: Professional Development Speaker Series: Tanya Kalmanovitch on Socially Significant Art

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Date Thursday, February 25, 2021

Time 5:00 pm

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Due to unforseen circumstances, this event will be postponed until March.


Join the Professional Development Speaker Series for a remote talk on socially significant art with Tanya Kalmanovitch, a Canadian violist, ethnomusicologist, author, and educator.

This talk is open to all Oberlin students. Pre-registration is required:


Tanya Kalmanovitch is a Canadian violist, ethnomusicologist, and author. Her interests converge in the fields of improvisation, social entrepreneurship, and social action with projects that explore the cultural geography of locations around the world.  Based in Brooklyn, Kalmanovitch’s layered artistic research practice has rewarded her with extended residencies in India, Ireland, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Siberia.

Named “Best New Talent” by All About Jazz when she emerged from New York’s vibrant downtown scene, Kalmanovitch has continually stretched the boundaries between classical, jazz and improvised music. She completed her conservatory training at the prestigious Juilliard School only to debut as a jazz violist with the Turtle Island String Quartet soon after. 

Kalmanovitch’s fieldwork on the globalization of Carnatic traditions in Chennai, Dublin, and Amsterdam has been published in World of Music and New Sound. In Istanbul, she reworked themes in Song Books for the John Cage centenary to reflect growing resistance movements. Her two residences at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul resulted in a total of 15 public performances, panel discussions, workshops, master classes, collaborative rehearsals and a student exchange with the United States. 

As a faculty member at the New England Conservatory since 2006, Kalmanovitch played a leading role in new initiatives in the school’s departments of Contemporary Improvisation and Entrepreneurial Musicianship. In 2013, she joined the faculty at Mannes School of Music at The New School New York City, where she is an Associate Professor, Affiliated Faculty with the Tishman Environment and Design Centre, and a fellow of the Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography and Social Thought.