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Nicole Reisnour



Nicole Reisnour is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology with a minor concentration in socio-cultural anthropology. Her dissertation project, tentatively entitled Sounding the Immaterial: Religion and Mediation in Bali, focuses on the ways in which sounds mediate human relationships with spirits and the divine in contemporary Bali, Indonesia, and considers the broader question of how subjects are formed in and through religious engagements with music and sound.

Nicole holds degrees from Mills College (M.A. Composition, 2007) and Bard College (B.A. Music, 2003), and has studied composition with Kyle Gann, Annie Gosfield, and Alvin Curran. She has been studying and performing Balinese music since 2000, during which time she has had the privilege of working with many master Balinese musicians and dancers, including I Gusti Nyoman Darta, Ida Ayu Ketut Suciawani (alm.), I Wayan Suweca, I Made Terip, and I Nyoman Windha. As a member of Gamelan Dharma Swara (2009-2012) and Gamelan Sekar Jaya (2004-2008), she has performed on numerous concert series and festivals in the U.S. and Bali, including Wordless Music, MoMA Nights, Performa, Cal Performances, and the Festival Gong Kebyar.

Nicole was recently awarded a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and a CAORC Research Fellowship from the American Institute for Indonesian Studies. She just returned from a year of fieldwork in Bali.