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Ken GeGraduate Student (2nd Year)

Ken Ge is a writer, bassist-bandleader, and photographer from Columbia, South Carolina. His research focuses on the intersections between timbre, technology, musical identity, race, and gender amidst the “tone wars” surrounding electric jazz and fusion musics. He holds degrees in music from the University of Miami, Indiana University, and Furman University. Ken has performed with artists spanning the idioms of contemporary jazz (Cyrille Aimée, Shelly Berg, Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon, Lauren Henderson, Vitali Imereli, Stanley Jordan), big band (The Harry James Orchestra), free and improvised music (Matt Piet), Latin jazz (Michael Spiro), cabaret (Jayne Curry, Roz Ryan), crossover and pops (The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Jeff Tyzik), and mixed media (Carrie Mae Weems). He has several years of experience in the cruise industry, having worked as musical director for Celebrity Cruises and Oceania Cruises, and most recently as director of the cruise division at Suman Entertainment Group, one of the largest employers of bands and musicians in the United States.

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