Mark Lomanno

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies at Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  1. Swarthmore College,
  2. The Rhythm of Study
  1. Sourcetone, LLC,
  2. University of Texas at Austin,
  3. St. Theresa's Catholic School
  1. The University of Texas at Austin

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor

Swarthmore College
– Present (1 year 2 months)Department of Music and Dance

Mark Lomanno joins the Music Faculty at Swarthmore College as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies in Fall 2013 and will offer courses in ethnomusicology (ethnographic methods and world musics), jazz (history, theory, and improvisation), music of the trans-Atlantic African Diaspora, and U.S. popular music

Writer / Founder

The Rhythm of Study
– Present (1 year 9 months)

“The Rhythm of Study” ( celebrates the passion, creativity, and improvisation of jazz music in the arts, academia, and advocacy. Recognizing the potential for inspired work, constructive dialogue, mindful living, and positive social change in the extraordinary and the everyday—the marvelous and the mundane—TRoS promotes jazz as musical and cultural force applied in many ways within and among diverse communities and explores how the similarities and productive differences among all of these are enriched by the unique particularities of each.

Music Library Supervisor (Blues, Jazz, Latin, World Music)

Sourcetone, LLC
(1 year 3 months)

Manage music libraries in blues, jazz, Latin, and world genres for online streaming radio company.

Graduate Fellow

University of Texas at Austin
(1 year 10 months)

Ethnographic and archival research in the Canary Islands (2010-2011), Dissertation Writing (2011-2012)

Assistant Instructor, Ethnomusicology

University of Texas at Austin
(1 year 2 months)

- Designed and implemented curricula for undergraduate courses in American popular music, popular and traditional world music, and Western European classical music
- Mentored, trained, and evaluated graduate teaching assistants
- Assessed and mentored undergraduate students
- Administered, moderated, and wrote content for course websites.

Middle School Latin Teacher

St. Theresa's Catholic School
(1 year 11 months)

Design, implement, and teach curricula for courses in Latin language and culture

Teaching Assistant, Ethnomusicology

The University of Texas at Austin
(1 year 10 months)Austin, Texas Area

- Taught lab sessions and carried out administrative duties for course and ensemble instructors
- Mentored and assessed undergraduate students

Freelance Journalist

Jazz Improv Magazine
(1 year 7 months)

Writing jazz record reviews for nationally circulated magazine.

Freelance Journalist
(2 years 1 month)

Freelance encyclopedia and track reviews for, a project overseen by Ted Gioia. Entries viewable at the following link:

Academic Tutor

College Living Experience
(1 year 1 month)

"College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, developmental delays and a host of other special needs receive the support they need to pursue post-secondary education and become independent adults."

General Manager, Jazz Club and Retail Store

Big Apple Jazz, LLC
(2 years)Harlem, NYC

- Accounts payable/receivable
- Administration, including database management, event planning, and tour operations
- Artist booking and relations, including scheduling calendar of 2-3 daily performances
- Managed retail store, including customer service, implementing point-of-sale system, and ordering merchandise
- Trained staff, drafted employee schedule, and managed payroll

Personal Assistant

Todd Barkan, Artistic Director of Dizzy's Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
(5 months)New York, NY

- Archived and catalogued personal record collection
- General administrative assistance
- Maintained calendar, correspondence, and contacts on-site and via virtual interface
- Maintained online database of performances and performers for jazz club, including contact information, artist contracts, and special technical requirements


Dr. Billy Taylor, Artistic Director for Jazz, Kennedy Center for the Arts
(1 year)Bronx, NY

- Archived and catalogued personal video collection
- Created and completed digital database for collection

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Music

Rutgers University
(1 year 5 months)Newark, NJ

- Designed and implemented curricula for undergraduate course in European classical music
- Assessed and mentored undergraduate students

Store Clerk

Tribalsoundz World Music
(5 months)New York, NY

- Customer service, including educating customers on world music album and instrument inventory
- Retail store management and point-of-sale operations


Guest Lecturer, Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies

Delivered guest lectures at universities around the United States on music of the Caribbean and Latin America, African American jazz and popular music, and global jazz.

Piano Performance

– Present

Performed widely around the United States and internationally, in live concerts and on recordings and broadcasts, in the genres of Afro-Latin jazz, U.S. jazz, and classical music, including world premiere performances


“Ellington’s Lens as Motive Mediating: Improvising Voices in the 'Far East Suite.'”

Jazz Perspectives (peer-reviewed academic journal)

- forthcoming (October 2012)

Encyclopedia entries on Latin and jazz musicians

Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd. edition (Charles Hiroshi Garrett, ed.)

- forthcoming publication
- Entries on “Justo Almario,” “Roy Ayers,” "Descarga," “Abdullah Ibrahim,” "Ismael Miranda," “Hafez Modirzadeh,” "Americo Paredes," “Armando Peraza,” "Richie Ray," "Roberto Roena," “Steve Swallow,” “Stanley Turrentine,” “Hiromi Uehara,” “Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes,” and "Yomo Toro."

“Jazz in the Middle East” (textbook essay)

Discover Jazz (Prentice Hall; John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop, eds.)
September 2011

Book Review: Making the Changes: Jazz in South African Literature and Reportage, by Michael Titlestad

African Music (academic journal), volume 8, number 4

"Celebrate Brooklyn II," Pianist and Arranger

Kike Perdomo (96K Music)

- forthcoming recording
- a quartet recording of Afro-Latin jazz, including five of my arrangements, featuring Canarian saxophonist Kike Perdomo

Tales & Tongues(Link)

Katchie and Le Monde Caché (Harriton Carved Wax Records)

Pianist on ensemble recording of a San Antonio-based jazz group that plays Brazilian, Afro-Latin and Jewish diasporic repertoire


  1. Latin

    Full professional proficiency
  2. Spanish

    Professional working proficiency
  3. Italian

    Limited working proficiency
  4. German

    Elementary proficiency


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  • Youth Mentoring
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Social Media
  • Academic Journals
  • Curriculum Design
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Non-profits
  • Autism Spectrum...
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  • Android
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  • Microsoft Office
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  • Wordpress
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Inventory Management
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  • Piano
  • Composition
  • OS X
  • Music Education
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  • Music Theory
  • Performing Arts
  • Classical
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  • Arts Administration
  • Improvisation
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University of Richmond

BA, Music, Latin

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