Ethnomusicologist; Music of Latin America; African and Asian Diasporas; Researcher; Bassist.
Edwin E. Porras has conducted extensive field and archival research on folkloric, popular, and ritual music, music and tourism, diasporic music cultures, and musicians’ lives in Havana, Santiago, and several other provinces in Cuba. He is also interested in the effect of economic systems (e.g., capitalism and socialism) on music practices, in particular regarding marginalized forms. His work on Chinese and African diasporas in Cuba has resulted in the Ph.D. dissertation Music-Making Practices of Cubans of Chinese and African Descent: Creating Alternative Ways of Being and Belonging (UCLA, 2020), three articles pending publication in ethnomusicology journals, and several national and international conference presentations. His applied work has included acting as interpreter and translator for English-speaking scholars presenting in Cuba and digitizing archival materials in Havana. He is currently working on an online education and web production project as an intern at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and has accepted a post- Ph.D. lecturing position at California Institute of the Arts. He is an active musician in Los Angeles, performing on electric and acoustic bass.