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James Melo is a Supervising Editor. He works directly with the Brazilian committee to cover scholarly publications in that country, and oversees materials submitted from Spain.
A trained musicologist, Mr. Melo has written extensively for scholarly journals and music magazines in Brazil, Uruguay, the United States, and Austria, and has been invited to participate as a panel discussant in conferences in Indiana, New York, and Canada. He has written program notes for several concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and for over 70 recordings on the Chesky, Naxos, Paulus, and Musikus labels, among others. He is the New York correspondent for the magazine Sinfónica in Uruguay, reviewer of music iconography for the journal Music in Art. In March 2005, he chaired a session in the conference Music and Intellectual History, organized by the Barry Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation (CUNY), and presented a paper on the history of musicological research in Brazil. He received a grant from the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland, where he conducted research on the manuscripts of Anton Webern. Mr. Melo is the program annotator for the recording on Villa-Lobos’ complete piano music and Camargo Guarnieri’s complete piano concertos on Naxos, and has been program annotator for the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Strathmore, Maryland. In 2006 he began collaborating with the Montréal Chamber Music Festival as musicologist and program notes writer. In March 2008 he chaired a session on music iconography in Brazil and Portugal in the conference Music, Body, and Stage: The Iconography of Music Theater and Opera at CUNY Graduate Center. As the musicologist for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century in New York, Mr. Melo provides historical and musicological support for ERC’s productions in addition to organizing and chairing a series of multidisciplinary seminars at CUNY Graduate Center in partnership with the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation. Mr. Melo teaches piano and music theory at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City.