Nolan Warden



Cuba (Afro-Cuban), Mexico (Wixárika / Huichol; música regional); African and Indigenous legacies in the Americas; capitalism, piracy, ethnography as commodification; exoteric ethnomusicology

Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, UCLA 2015; M.A., Musicology, Tufts University 2006; B.Mus., Music Performance & Music Business/Management, Berklee College of Music 2002

Nolan Warden’s recent research has focused on indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) musicians who perform popular Mexican music, especially in regard to the commodification of identity and the political economy of musical labor. He has also conducted extensive research into Afro-Cuban music in Cuba and the United States, focusing on musicians as agents of transculturation in emergent forms of ritual drumming. His work has appeared in African Music, Percussive Notes, Ethnomusicology Review, and Notes, among other publications. Before his dissertation fieldwork, funded by Fulbright-IIE and other grants, he served as editor-in-chief of Ethnomusicology Review. Prior to attending UCLA, he taught at Malcolm X College in Chicago and College of Lake County in Waukegan, Illinois. As a professional percussionist, Nolan Warden has performed around the world in places such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Seoul International Drum Festival.