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Matt Sakakeeny Associate Professor Newcomb Department of Music Tulane University

Matt Sakakeeny

Associate Professor of Music; Ethnomusicology

202 Dixon Hall


Ph.D. Columbia University (2008)


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Matt Sakakeeny studies the intersections of music, race, and power. He is the author of Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (Duke Press, 2013) and articles in several edited collections and journals, including Ethnomusicology, Black Music Research Journal, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. He is co-author of Keywords in Sound (Duke Press, 2015) and his work consistently troubles the boundaries between music and sound. He is also co-author of Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity (Duke Press, 2019), exemplifying how his studies of the region go beyond music. Matt has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars, and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and awards from the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Popular Music Section of SEM, and Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. As part of his community-engaged research, Matt is a board member for Roots of Music and the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund, and has published in media outlets such as Oxford American and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is also the guitarist and bandleader of Los Po-Boy-Citos and released a solo album in 2018 as The Lonely Birds.


2020. “Music in the Margins of America: Black Marching Bands in Post-Katrina New Orleans,” in My Body was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement, Kính T. Vū and André de Quadros, eds, pp. 146-158. Boston: Brill Sense.

2019. Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity. With co-editor Thomas Adams. Durham: Duke University Press.

2019. “Resounding Power: Politicizing the Anthropology of Music,” in Exotic No More: Anthropology n the Front Lines, 2nd edition, Jeremy MacClancy, ed. pp.395-407. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2015. Music Lessons as Life Lessons in New Orleans Marching Bands. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 17 (3-4): 279-302.

2015. Playing for Work: Music as a Form of Labor in New Orleans. Oxford Handbooks Online.

2015. Keywords in Sound. With co-author David Novak. Durham: Duke University Press.

2013. Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans. Durham: Duke University Press.

2012. Why Dey Had to Kill Him? The Life and Death of Shotgun Joe.Oxford American 79: 142-148.

2012. New Orleans Exceptionalism in "The Neoliberal Deluge" and "Treme."Perspectives on Politics 10(3): 723-726.

2011. New Orleans Music as a Circulatory System. Black Music Research Journal 31(2): 291-325.

2010. “Under the Bridge”: An Orientation to Soundscapes in New Orleans. Ethnomusicology 54(1): 1-27

2010. "Jazz Funerals and Second Line Parades" - "Brass Bands of New Orleans" : KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana.