Frederick (Fritz) Schenker
Fritz Schenker is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in music. His teaching and research centers on popular music, race, and empire. His current book project examines musical labor and jazz in colonial Asia, focusing on the travel and circulation of music and musicians in the 1920s along a littoral entertainment circuit extending from Japan to India. By focusing in particular on the experiences of Filipino and Filipina musicians, dancers, and songwriters, he explores the contradictory ways in which popular dance music was both a force of U.S. and European empire yet also a medium of disruption in multiple social forums and fields. Fritz's scholarship has appeared in Jazz Perspectives and is coming soon in the Journal of the Society for American Music and several edited volumes. Some of his other projects explore contested performances of musical blackness among contemporary New York jazz musicians inspired by Balkan music, global circulations of early Tin Pan Alley songs, and urban soundscapes of U.S. imperialism. His approach towards the study of music is also deeply informed by his ongoing experiences as a jazz and salsa pianist.
Fritz received the Society for American Music's 2016 Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award.
Professional association memberships: Society for Ethnomusicology, American Studies Association, Society for American Music, Association for Asian Studies, International Association for the Study of Popular Music
- Popular music, race, empire, labor; music and capitalism; sound studies