UC San Diego's Department of Music

December 12, 2006

  David Borgo has won the Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for his book "Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age." The prestigious prize is awarded to "the most distinguished English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology, published in the previous year." The selecting committee consisted of Tim Rice, past president of the society; along with last year's three Merriam Prize winners. They praised Borgo's book as "a bold attempt to think about the uncertainties and complexities of improvising music, often collectively, through the lenses of current scientific theories of complexity, embodiment, network theory, emergence theory, and chaos theory." Paul Austerlitz's book "Jazz Consciousness: Music, Race, and Humanity" was selected as a co-winner of the prize and Italian journalist/scholar Vincenzo Perna received an Honorable Mention for his book "Timba: The Sound of the Cuban Crisis."

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