Scott Linford

Scott V. Linford

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Emery Hall

CCM Composition, Musicology & Theory - 0003

Professional Summary

A scholar, filmmaker, and performing musician, Scott Linford has conducted musical fieldwork in West Africa, Central America, and the United States around themes of participation and musical experience, ethnicity, gender, agriculture and the environment, and colonial and post-colonial politics. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds an MA and PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and most recently served as Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts (Music History) at the Berklee College of Music.

In addition to his dissertation, “Interweaving Worlds: Jola Music and Relational Identity in Senegambia and Beyond,” Linford’s work has appeared in Ethnomusicology Review, the Yearbook for Traditional Music, and Ethnomusicology Forum. He has presented papers at annual meetings including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the African Studies Association, and the Western States Folklore Society, and has presented invited lectures at institutions including UCLA, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, and Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City. He is currently producing an album for Smithsonian Folkways focused on the ekonting, a Casamançais plucked lute. Linford currently serves as co-chair of the African Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

A guitarist, fiddler, and award-winning banjoist, Linford directs the Bluegrass and Old Time String Band at the University of Cincinnati. He published an instructional DVD in banjo technique published by Alfred Music, and performs regularly at local square dances and old time jams in Ohio and Kentucky. Linford has also directed three documentary films focusing on musical communities in New Orleans, Seattle, and Senegal.