Joseph Finkel, a graduate student in music history in the Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, recently presented his research paper, "Searching for a Sonic Ecology: John Luther Adamss Dark Waves," at Ecomusicologies 2012, an international conference on music and ecology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Organized by the American Musicological Society's Ecocriticism Study Group and the Society for Ethnomusicology Ecomusicology Special Interest Group, this conference was a pioneering event that showcased scholarly work on the relationships between music, nature and sustainability and brought together scholars from 10 countries. The conference featured refereed papers by many senior scholars and several doctoral students. Finkel was the youngest scholar on the program. He is now preparing his third conference paper, "John Cage's Contribution to the United States Bicentennial, Renga with Apartment House 1776a Patriotic Composition?" which was selected in a blind review for the program of the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Music in Little Rock, Arkansas in spring 2013. Finkels research interests include 20th and 21st century music, experimentalism, microtonal music and ecomusicology.