Visiting Assistant Professor,
Visiting Assistant Professor for Ethnomusicology. In addition to studies at the University of Toronto, Gavin Webb holds a BMus (music performance and music business) from Berklee College of Music, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Ghana, Legon. Gavin's Ph.D. dissertation investigated the relationship between urbanization, social transformation, and the development of Ga folk music in the city of Accra beginning with the group Wulomei in the early 1970s. From 2000 – 2012 he was based at the Institute for African Studies, University of Ghana where he ran fully accredited undergraduate international education programs for the School for International Training focused on arts and social transformation, as well as urban ethnomusicology. From 2009 he also served as Associate Academic Dean for Africa, overseeing a multidisciplinary and evolving portfolio of programs in West, Central and Southern Africa. An active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, his musical studies in Africa have also taken him to Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Mali. As an active performer in Africa he worked with many of Ghana's top musicians from groups like the Ghana Dance Ensemble (the national dance company), Hewale Sounds under the direction of Dela Botri, the National Theatre, and with many artistically gifted community-based musicians from around the country. He has also studied and collaborated with internationally renown artists such as Giovanni Hidalgo (Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey), Jamie Haddad (Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Paul Simon), Taku Hirano (Jay Z, Fleetwood Mac), Jarrod Cagwin (Rabih Abou Khalil, Szen Aksu), Casey Scheuerell (Gino Vanelli, Chaka Khan), Rick Considine (BB King, Diana Krall), Sa Davis (Billy Cobham, Grover Washington), and Glen Velez (John Cage, Zakir Hussain). In addition to many guest lecture appearances in the US, Canada, and Ghana, he has presented extensively at both ethnomusicology and international education conferences in the US and Africa. His research is driven by interests in urbanization and urbanism, West African drum-dance traditions, social transformation, historicity, and articulations of identity in contemporary Africa and the African Diaspora.