“I was fortunate to stumble across a gem of a subject that is unique and shrouded, yet extremely relevant,” said undergraduate summer scholar Timothy “T. Jordan” McCarthy about his project to research the “mystical music culture of Spanish Flamenco singing” - and document and reflect upon its rich history.
“The amount of classical music that Flamenco has influenced is enormous,” McCarthy explained. But little has been written in English about Flamenco vocal music — most of the sources are in Spanish or German and are rather obscure.” Many performers were Romani (Gypsies), and their culture is based on oral, not written, history. The cultural impacts upon Flamenco music include Sephardic, Arabian, Romani, French and nationalist Spanish music.
As part of his project McCarthy is studying Flamenco literature and learning Spanish, guitar and selections of Flamenco vocal works under the instruction of Audrey Luna, voice faculty member. It will culminate in a research paper and a lecture and recital of Flamenco vocal selections to be presented during fall semester.
After spending his first two years at Miami as a music performance and chemical engineering double major, McCarthy, now a senior music and music performance major, found his passion in ethnomusicology. “I could not have found a better person for my mentor,” he said, referring to Thomas Garcia, associate professor of ethnomusicology and Latin American studies.
This year McCarthy will serve the Men’s Glee Club as a student conductor and an elected officer.“