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Julian Gerstin

Julian Gerstin, Ph.D., teaches ethnomusicology and jazz studies at Sonoma State University and has also taught at Wesleyan University and University of California, Berkeley's Extension School. He has appeared in the Bay Area with the African bands Kotoja (Sawale) and Zulu Spear, with experimental jazz composers Joel Harrison (Range of Motion) and Michael Smolens, the Latin jazz group Walking Fish, Brazilian samba group Batucada Nana, Afro-Cuban dancer Judith Justz, and Ghanaian drummer C.K. Ladzekpo.

Julian plays primarily the traditional music of Cuba, Martinique and Ghana. He lived for over two years in Martinique, studying traditional bl drumming and dance. His book One Little Boat: Politics and Renewal in the Traditional Music of Martinique will appear in 2005, and his articles have appeared in Ethnomusicology, Black Music Research Journal, The New Grove Dictionary of Music, and other scholarly journals.

Together with Dominique Cyrille, Julian has edited two CDs of early Alan Lomax recordings of Martinican music, Cane Fields and City Streets, and We Will Play Love Tonight, both on Rounder. Julian also works with Ken Dalluge as the duo Ka B Kay, teaching rhythm workshops at colleges and universities around the country.

Julian has been bicycling a lot recently and feeling good about it, and his doctor told him to quit drinking rum (a taste acquired in Martinique) and start drinking red wine.