Author Archives: Alex Rodriguez

About Alex Rodriguez

Writer, improviser, organizer, meditator, trombonist

Starting a new job as Managing Director of ISIM

As those of you who have been following my recent writing know, this past year and a half has been full of dramatic life changes for me–finishing a PhD, moving across the country, organizing for abuse survivors in my Buddhist … Continue reading

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The Sound of Feminist Snap, Or Why I Interrupted the 2018 SEM Business Meeting

“The Sound of Feminist Snap, Or Why I Interrupted the 2018 SEM Business Meeting” By Alex W. Rodríguez for Sounding Out! This is the first piece of writing that I’ve published online in awhile, and it’s something I’ve been working … Continue reading

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Welcome to the World, Nico!

Tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating my 35th birthday, and first as a father. Nicolás Aleksandr Rodríguez (you can call him Nico) was born on September 11, 2019—a month earlier than we were expecting! He’s growing fast, I’m totally in love with … Continue reading

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Bringing Back the Music

Click here to contribute to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s fall fundraising campaign! This work arises from a pure and loving commitment To victory over the forces of materialism And trust in the bodhichitta of society Just over a year ago, … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Professional Transition

“Bad news,” my new boss began as we sat around the conference room table. This had been the site of our small staff’s weekly meetings and check-ins since I joined the team in April. She then informed me that she … Continue reading

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Where In The World Am I?

Sending a big, heartfelt thanks to everyone who reached out to say happy birthday yesterday. I’ve been receiving a lot of messages from friends and family recently, including something to the effect of “Well, I don’t know where in the … Continue reading

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Be There In Spirit For My First Performance of 2016

Update: Thanks to everyone for being a part of this experiment! I wrote about the experience for the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board, which also includes a live recording of one of the songs we recorded. Click here to check it out! … Continue reading

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Interview: Rudresh Mahanthappa at Providencia Jazz Festival

  Fresh off another round of critical praise for his 2015 album Bird Calls, Rudresh Mahanthappa and his quintet brought their assertive virtuosity to the Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, Chile last night. The large outdoor festival was free this year for … Continue reading

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Interview: Branford Marsalis at San Bernardo Jazz Fest

Branford Marsalis is not known to mince words. So when the upstart Chilean jazz magazine Papeles de Jazz invited me to interview him, I know that he wouldn’t hesitate to share his first impressions of Chile in the midst of his first … Continue reading

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A Jazz Band in Chile In 1917 @ Ethnomusicology Review

The Word Jazz In The Jazz World By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board I wrote about some preliminary research that I did for my Chilean fieldwork, which brought up a reference to a “jazz band” there … Continue reading

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