Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Research interests: Intersection of music and political life, social movements, state oppression, and diaspora, with a particular interest in the Basque Country
Kyle Baker is a musician and filmmaker from Southern California with an academic history in ethnomusicology. His focuses include the intersection of music and political life, social movements, state oppression, and diaspora, with a particular interest in the Basque Country. He has worked with the record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings as a sound engineer to preserve analog audio recordings named to UNESCO’s Memory of the World collection. More recently, Kyle produced a documentary film in Washington, D.C., which examines issues of public health, safety, religious freedoms, and gentrification through the lens of transportation. He intends to continue his work in audio and visual arts, and to document Basque musical traditions in the context of current social strife, such as the push for autonomy and the recent women’s movement.