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Rod Garnett


Rod Garnett teaches classes in ethnomusicology. In addition to introductory and more advanced academic classes, he coordinates and co-teaches the Wyoming Balinese gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Chandra Wyoga, and the Sikuris de Wyoming, a panflute ensemble that plays in the siku “hocketing” style common in the altiplano of Peru and Bolivia. He is active as a performer and teacher of Irish instrumental music, utilizing wooden flutes from the early nineteenth century.

In 2010-2011 Garnett lived in Chişinău, Moldova where he studied nai at the Academy of Music. Nai is a panflute played for centuries in villages in southeastern Europe, developed for its role in Soviet era folklore orchestras in the 1950s and 1960s, and continuing to be manufactured and played in the 21st century as an integral part of Moldovan folklore music. Its popularity and repertoire of styles are constantly being expanded in Moldova and beyond.

Along with clarinetist Blake McGee and pianist Lisa Rickard, Garnett performs with the Laramie-based trio, “Lights Along the Shore,” in which he plays nai and various other flutes. He has performed extensively at the University and around the state of Wyoming, regionally with classical guitarist Alex Komodore, nationally with the Irish Folk Ensemble Colcannon, and at the Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Garnett studied flute with Karen Yonovitz, Larry Jordan, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Thomas Nyfenger. He has worked extensively as a free-lance musician in orchestras, jazz and chamber music ensembles, and recording studios.

In addition to his duties in the Department of Music, Garnett is currently pursuing a PhD in the UW Department of Anthropology. The past several years he has worked in Indonesia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Moldova, and the Czech Republic, studying and documenting a wide variety of flutes and music.

Rod Garnett is a recipient of the Wyoming Governor's Arts Award. He was the 2007 University of Wyoming Presidential Speaker and in 2008 was honored with the University of Wyoming Internationalization Award. His work in Moldova was supported by the Seibold Professorship grant from the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences and a research grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program.

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