19942018
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Personal profile

Biography

Adrian is an ethnomusicologist specialising in Hindustani music as  a scholar and as a performer on the sarod, (a twenty five stringed plucked lute).  Alongside this he has wide ranging interests and journal publications in improvisation, the political economy of music, cultural history, aesthetics and the globalisation of music. His research on the political and cultural history of Hindustani music, and his book on the sarod tradition is well known in the field.

Over his career, he has spent a number of years living in India as an ARC post doctoral fellow, located at Jadavpur University, and as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. More recently he worked as a lecturer and research guide at Macquarie University where he has extensive experience in setting up an improvisation program and supervising, developing, and teaching a large cohort of post graduate research and course work students in ethnomusicology and improvisation. Adrian also has undergone extensive training in Hindustani music and has years of international performance experience along with commercial recordings on the sarod, both in traditional and in intercultural ensembles.

His deep interest in exploring the nexus between scholarship and performance has led him to develop expertise in both traditional text based research and practice led research and he has subsequently worked with some of the leading figures of the jazz and world music scene in Australia, as a research supervisor. In 2013 he was awarded a creative fellowship by the State Library of Victoria to link current ideas of intercultural music performance with those prevalent in late nineteenth century Bengal.

He is now as a senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, and is committed to building a vibrant and engaging program of ethnomusicology. He is also the coordinator of the music post graduate research program.

http://adrianmcneil.com/

Monash teaching commitment

The following were all new units:
ATS 1346 Unit coordinator 
ATS 3823 Unit coordinator
ATS 2687 Unit coordinator 
ATS 3829 Unit coordinator
ATS3818 Unit coordinator
Diector of Modal Music Ensemble

Also teaching within these unit:

ATS 2809 Chief Music Studies 4 2015
ATS 4451 Music Honours thesis 2014, 2015
ATS 4834 Honours project 2015, 2016
ATS 4823 Honours 2014, 2105

ATS 2900 Unit coordinator (disocontinued)

Community service

1993-94 Arts Victoria, Music Board - Advisory Panel/Peer Assessment Panel Member
1996-2000 - Volunteer, Vivek Chetna (Charity Organisation supporting Women and Children incacerated in Indian Gaols) Calcutta India 
2004-2008 Director of Sangeet Australia - organised bi-monthly performances for touring overseas artists and local musicians in Sydney
2010-2013 1.5 hour weekly show "The Many Flavours of Music" 2SER Sydney
2011-2012 Worked with Bengali Association in Sydney to organise four cultural programs in conjunction with the India Research Centre Macquarie University
2016 - Music advisory committee member Festival of India in Australia (Indian Consulate Melbourne).

Consulting

2016 Cultural Advisory Committee Member, Indian Consulate Melbourne.

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 1994 2018

Hereditary Musicians, Hindustani Music and the ‘Public Sphere’ in Late Nineteenth-Century Calcutta

McNeil, A. S., 3 Apr 2018, In : South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies. 41, 2, p. 297-314 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Portfolio: Seed ideas in Hindustani music

McNeil, A. S., Mukherjee, A. & Banerjee, A., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formMusic PerformanceResearch

Seed ideas in Raag Rageshree

McNeil, A. S. & Bannerjee, A., 16 Mar 2018

Research output: Non-textual formMusic PerformanceOther

Generational Friction: An Ethnographic Perspective on Guru Seva Within a Lineage of Tabla Players in Kolkata

McNeil, A. S., 2017, In : MUSIcultures The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. 44, 1, p. 116-133 18 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Seed ideas and creativity in Hindustani raga music: Beyond the composition–improvisation dialectic

McNeil, A., 2017, In : Ethnomusicology Forum. 26, 1, p. 116-132 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

ARIA Award Finalist

Adrian McNeil (Recipient), Aug 2014

Prize: Other distinction

Creative Fellow

Adrian McNeil (Recipient), 1 Jul 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Creative Fellowship

Adrian McNeil (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

State Library of Victoria - Creative Fellowship

Adrian McNeil (Recipient), 1 Jul 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 1997 2016

  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 2 Mentor/ Internship supervision

Conference on Music, Modernity and the Public Sphere

Adrian McNeil (Invited speaker)
5 Feb 20167 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Conference key note address

Adrian McNeil (Speaker)
28 Nov 2016

Activity: Teaching EngagementsMentor/ Internship supervision

Govt of India Global Initiatives in Academic Networks

Adrian McNeil (Mentor)
22 May 20164 Jun 2016

Activity: Teaching EngagementsMentor/ Internship supervision

Perfect Beat: the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture (Journal)

Adrian McNeil (Editor in chief)
2011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies (Journal)

Adrian McNeil (Guest editor), Andrew Alter (Guest editor)
2004

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

ABC Regional Radio Interview/Performance Broadcast

Adrian McNeil

29/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

MPavillion launch

Adrian McNeil

5/10/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

ABC Radio (774) Live performance and interview

Adrian McNeil

5/10/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Confluence: Festival of India in Australia ABC RN broadcast

Adrian McNeil

29/09/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

ABC Radio National Performance and Interview

Adrian McNeil

20/02/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research