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Jordan Barnes

My lecturer really helped me develop into a better writer and thinker, and introduced me to some of my favourite fields of study.

Can you tell us a bit about what you're doing now?

I’m at booking agent for Cumbancha – we are a ‘world music’ (Yes we all loathe the term but it’s the easiest way to explain what music the company puts out) record label, booking agency, managerial service, and licensing company based in a solar-powered barn in Vermont. We are internationally focused, incorporating traditional and modern fusions of music from around the world. I book tours for North America and sometimes Europe, help curate events incorporating our artists, and liaison between other agents, venues, artists and my boss.  

Why did you decide to study at City, and how did it help you get to where you are today?

I had wanted to study ethnomusicology for about 10 years, and loved the idea of focusing on music in urban space. I didn’t study in a big city in undergrad, and this was an opportunity to be surrounded by such diversity of people and ideas. I was also attracted to the emphasis on electronic and electro-acoustic music some members of faculty put on the course. My current boss studied ethnomusicology, and it is a big connection when discussing business as well as artistic matters. 

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The class size, the ensemble work, and the everyday incorporation of London into my studies.

Were there any lecturers who particularly inspired you?

Laudan helped me so much! She really helped me develop into a better writer and thinker, and introduced me to some of my favourite fields of study.

What are your long term career plans?

I'm enjoying what I do now, but I would like to focus more on curating musical experiences and in some way educating people about the vast amount of music that is at their fingertips.

Do you have any advice for someone who might be considering this course?

Have some rough ideas of what specifically interests you most regarding music and be active in extra-curricular ensembles and events.

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