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Andrew Snyder

Visiting Lecturer




Ph.D. Music (Ethnomusicology), University of California, Berkeley

MA, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Reed College

Andrew Snyder is an ethnomusicologist and scholar of popular music in the Americas, especially Brazil, with focus on public festivity, social activism, and transnationalism, as well as a performer and ensemble director.

Andrew's current book project based on his dissertation, Critical Brass: The Alternative Brass Movement and Street Carnival Revival of Olympic Rio de Janeiro, explores the political import of public festivity. Based on eighteen months of field research, it examines the explosive brass band movement known as neofanfarrismo during a period of heightened political volatility in Brazil and mega-events in Rio, including the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Andrew is co-editor of a forthcoming collection under contract with Routledge, Honk: Instrumental Activism in a Street Band Renaissance, and his work has also appeared in Politiques des musiques populaires au XXIe siècle (2015). He is a trumpeter, guitarist, and composer, and he is a co-founder of San Francisco's Mission Delirium Brass Band, which has toured to Brazil, France, and Spain and performed alongside New Orleans' Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, and Kermit Ruffins.