I am an ethnomusicologist, violinist, and filmmaker with a PhD from the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. Currently, I am working as the lead Clinical Researcher on a cross-sectional study of music in dementia caregiving relationships at the UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. I also hold Visiting Research Associate status at the Indiana University Bloomington Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, where I taught from 2016-2018. My research and teaching interests include Latin American and Mediterranean popular music, ethnomusicological filmmaking, studies of music and neurodiversity and aging, participatory music making as social activism, and American roots music. As a violinist, I play bluegrass & old-time fiddle, Argentine tango and folklore, and Sicilian popular music.

Part of this website is devoted to my research on neighborhood tango music scenes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Argentina, I studied tango music as a form of participatory urban socialization and as a form of urban activism. In my work, I use film, photography and writing to produce local visual and sensory understandings of tango as a live-music culture, not "for-export."  I have been involved with tango music in Buenos Aires since 2005 as a violinist, filmmaker, photographer, community organizer and researcher.

Information about my most recent research on the Music & Memory Project, is also featured on this site. This project involves a service-learning and filmmaking course I built at IU Bloomington that explores the health and wellness benefits of personalized music for older adults living with dementia. My research on this topic involves the use of sensory filmmaking as a mode of teaching undergraduates about person-centered approaches to dementia-care as well as about how to use digital storytelling as a vehicle for public advocacy and education.

Contact:  jgubner@indiana.edu

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