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Christopher Bakriges Visiting Lecturer, Humanities
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  • education
    • 2001 - Ph.D. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology
    • 1995 - York University
    • 1995 -M.A. in World Music/Musicology, Wesleyan University
    • 1985 - M.A. in International Politics and Economics
    • University of Detroit
    • 1980 - B.A. Honors College, University of Detroit

Industry Experience

Selected Lectures and Performances

  • 2017 – Performer/Discussant, “The October Revolution in Jazz,” Ars Nova, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2017 – Performance, Jazz for the Journey Festival, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
  • 2017 – Performance, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, VT
  • 2017 – Artistic Director, Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series, Historic Memorial Hall, Wilmington, VT
  • 2017 – Performance, Kerrytown House Concert, Ann Arbor, VT
  • 2017 – Artist Talk/Performance, “Teaching the Eye to Hear: The Matisse Jazz Project,” Pontiac Public Library, Pontiac, MI
  • 2017 – Artist Talk/Performance, “Teaching the Eye to Hear: The Matisse Jazz Project,” Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
  • 2017 – Artist Talk/Performance, “Teaching the Eye to Hear: The Matisse Jazz Project,” Howland Arts Center, Beacon, NY
  • 2017 – Artist Talk/Performance, “Teaching the Eye to Hear: The Matisse Jazz Project,” Bing Arts Center, Springfield, MA
  • 2017 – “I Dream a World: Jazz Village in Music, Art, and Dance,” Elms College, Chicopee, MA
  • 2016 – Performer/Artist Residency, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 2016 – Artist Talk/Performance, Timucua Arts Foundation, Orlando, FL
  • 2016 – Artist Talk/Performance, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • 2016 – Improvisation as the Language of the Soul, Jazz for the Journey: An Ecumenical Symposium Revitalizing Worship & Ministry. Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
  • 2016 – Improvising Matisse, Saint Francis University, John F. Kennedy Auditorium, Loretto, PA
  • 2016 – Artist Talk/Performance, Lively Arts Series, Cogswell Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • 2014 – A Musician in the Night World, In Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night’s Journey into Day, Phil Cousineau (Anthology). Berkeley, CA: Viva Editions
  • 2011 – Interdisciplinary Projects in Secondary Education: Bite Sized Applications of Transferable Knowledge, Co-authored with Dr. Ann-Marie White, Marie Clark-Derouault, and Naomi Lindenfeld. The Putney School Counseling Office Interdisciplinary Humanities Primer
  • 2007 – Cultural Dispersion, Cultural Creation: African American Jazz Musicians in Europe from Bechet to Braxton, In Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe, ed. Neil Wynn. University Press of Mississippi
  • 2006 – Not Thinking in Jazz: Musical & Extramusical Methods & Materials in the Work of Contemporary African American Artists, In Reassessing the Modern, Modernity and Modernism. New York School of Visual Arts, PDF format
  • 2005 – This Music is Climate Controlled: Critical Reaction to Post War Jazz, In The Source: Challenging Jazz Criticism. U.K.: Leeds College of Music Journal, No. 2.
  • 2004 – African American Avant-Gardism and Nes Jazz Criticism. In Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook Vol. 24. International Assoc. of Jazz Educators, Manhattan, KS
  • 2003 – Musical Transculturation: From African American Avant-Garde Jazz to European Creative Improvisation, 1962-1981 In Jazz Planet: Transnational Studies of the ‘Sound of Surprise,’ ed. E. Taylor Atkins. University Press of Mississippi


  • Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI)
  • Chamber Music America (CMA)
  • International Society of Improvised Music (ISIM)
  • Jazz Education Network (JEN)
  • International Jazz Federation (IJF)
  • Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA)
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)


  • 2017 – Faculty Professional Development Funding to Philadelphia, PA, Elms College
  • 2014 – Blazer Choice Leadership Award, Elms College
  • 2013 – Outstanding Service Award, Elms College
  • 2012 – Faculty Bursary to Ellsworth, ME; Elms College
  • 2012 – Faculty Bursary to New York, NY, 2011 and to Rowe, MA; Putney School
  • 2010 – Faculty Bursary to Milton Keynes, United Kingdom; Elms College
  • 2010 – Faculty Bursary to Monmouth, New Jersey; Elms College
  • 2010 – Arts/Humanities-Academic Affairs Award to U of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Elms College
  • 2009-11 – Calvin Grant, Artist-In-Residence for Mid-South UCC Conference, St. Louis, MO


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