Benjamin Brinner

Professor Brinner has chaired Berkeley’s music department since 2009 and held the Henry and Julia Weisman Schutt Chair in Music from 2010 to 2013. He has taught ethnomusicology courses and co-directed UC Berkeley’s Javanese music performing ensemble Gamelan Sari Raras since 1989. He is interested in issues of musical cognition, particularly questions of musical memory and how musicians know what they know and how that influences their interactions with one another in performance. In addition to articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in journals such as Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society, he has written three books: Knowing Music, Making Music: Javanese Gamelan and the Theory of Musical Competence and Interaction (University of Chicago Press, 1995), Music in Central Java, for Oxford University Press’s Global Music series, and Playing Across a Divide: Musical Encounters in a Contested Land (Oxford University Press, 2009).