Visiting Scholars Program
The Foundation for Iberian Music provides research support for scholars studying music of the Spanish-speaking world.
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K. Meira Goldberg (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)
K. Meira Goldberg “La Meira” is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, teacher and scholar. She began her training in her native Los Angeles with Luisa Triana, Roberto Amaral and Carmen Mora, and in the 80s studied by day and performed by night in several of Madrid’s best tablaos (flamenco clubs): Luisillo’s Los Cabales, Manolo Caracol’s Los Canasteros, and as the solo attraction at the Arco de Cuchilleros. She has performed with many of the giants of Flamenco, including Antonio Canales, Tony “El Pelao” y “La Uchi,” Dolores Amaya “La Pescadilla,” Manolo Soler, Diego Carrasco, Juanito Habichuela “El Camborio,” Jose Soto, Enrique Soto, Ramon El Portugues, El Guadiana, El Indio Gitano, El Chato de la Isla, Pepe Montoya “Montoyita,” Ramón Jiménez, Arturo Pavon, Dolores de Cordoba, Tito and Diego Losada, Chuni Amaya, La Repompa de Malaga and Raquel Heredia, Alfredo Lago, and Antonio “de la Malena.”
La Meira has been first dancer in Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo, Fred Darsow Dance, and Elba Hevia y Vaca’s Pasión y Arte, performing throughout North America in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. Meira has been featured in several documentaries, including Jocelyn Ajami’s Queen of the Gypsies. She has been awarded choreography grants from Pew Charitable Trusts, American Dance Festival, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She choreographed “Carmen” under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, and the first staging of the 1915 version of Manuel de Falla’s “Amor Brujo” since Pastora Imperio performed it in that year, along with the rarely staged opera “La Vida Breve” for the Manhattan School of Music. The New York Times called the production “one of the more audacious, intriguing operatic undertakings to hit a New York stage this season.”
As a scholar, K. Meira Goldberg holds an M.F.A. in choreography as well as an Ed.D in dance history from Temple University under Brenda Dixon Gottschild. She is currently working on a book entitled “Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco.” Her article “Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco” is in Dance Chronicle 37:1. She is co-curator of the 2013 exhibit “100 Years of Flamenco in New York” at the New York Public Library for the Performing Art at the Lincoln Center, and co-author of the catalog. She is currently co-editing an anthology of new Flamenco scholarship for McFarland, and is translating six chapters from Spanish. She is a member of the Wertheim Study at NYPL. Meira’s doctoral dissertation on Carmen Amaya is a widely used resource within the English-speaking Flamenco community: it references over twenty-five interviews with figures such as Sabicas’s brother Diego Castellón, and Carmen Amaya’s sisters Leo and Antonia. Meira teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and at the Fashion Institute of Technology; she has taught at and guest lectured at NYU, Flamenco Festival International in Albuquerque, Ballet Hispanico, Bryn Mawr, Princeton, Duke, and Smith College.
Ruben Gomez Muns (Summer 2014)
Ruben is a PhD candidate in Mediterranean Cultural Studies at the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain). His research is focused about Mediterranean World Music, Mediterranean Identity, Global Culture, Intercultural Dynamics and Cultural Hybridization. He has a degree in History and Musicology, and he has been a member of the national board of SIBE-Society for Ethnomusicology since 2008.