Florida Tech’s Performing Arts Series of the Department of Humanities and Communication will be featuring OmniMusica, an eclectic world fusion ensemble. The performance begin February 22 at 7:30 in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. Michael Bakan is the director of OmniMusica and will be leading the OmniMusica presence at Florida Tech.
Michael Bakan is Professor of Ethnomisucology and Head of World Music in the College of Music at Florida State University. He is the author of the book Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Beleganjur (Chicago 1999), which was selected to the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list for the year 2000 and reviewed in The Times (London) as one of the two “most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century”; and of the textbook World Music: Traditions and Transformations, which is now in its second edition with McGraw-Hill (2012) and has been adopted at more than 150 universities nationwide and internationally. Bakan is the director of the Artism Ensemble, a unique music performance collective featuring children on the autism spectrum, their co-participating parents and professional musicians from diverse world cultures. His current research on the ethnomusicology of autism is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and other agencies. It has yielded several publications in leading scholarly journals and edited volumes. He also directs the Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese gamelan and the Omnimusica Intercultural Ensemble at FSU, serves as a series editor for the Routledge Focus on World Music book series, and formerly served as president of the Southeast/Caribbean Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology. He has been an invited speaker or visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, the University of Chicago, the Berklee College of Music, and numerous other institutions. He maintains a personal website: www.michaelbakan.com<http://www.michaelbakan.com/>