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Jonathan AdamsJonathan Adams

Lecturer of Musicology
Hired: 2020
Non-tenure track

University of Tennessee
School of Music
233 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040

Jonathan Adams is an ethnomusicologist with broad interests in the gamelan musics of Bali, Indonesia. His experience includes formal study of longstanding ritual and court musics, participation in performances of new and innovative works, as well as instrument building and tuning. To date, he has spent 5+ years living in Indonesia, including a one-year stay (2007/2008) supported by the Indonesian Darmasiswa scholarship program; and a four-year stay (2013-2017) that involved researching seven-tone music associated with indigenous Javano-Balinese poetry, assisting the experiential education program at the School for International Training, and co-founding Insitu Recordings—a transnational initiative that uses the medium of recording to create novel ways to engage with music. He received a BA (General Studies: Ethnomusicology and International Studies: Comparative Religion) from the University of Washington in 2007, where he also spearheaded the realization of an innovative 9-tone gamelan developed by I Wayan Sinti, called Siwa Nada. His research has been supported by the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (Henry Luce Fellowship 2014). He holds the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia. He is director of Insitu Recordings and co-editor of Insitu Recordings Magazine. He is also an avid electronic musician, DJ, and photographer..

  • PhD in Ethnomusicology – University of British Columbia (2021)
  • MM in Ethnomusicology – University of British Columbia (2012)
  • TESOL Instructor Certification – Oxford TEFL Prague (2009)
  • BA in Ethnomusicology and Comparative Religion – University of Washington (2006)

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