Cassandre Balosso-bardin is a Lecturer in Music at the College of Arts. She specialises in Ethnomusicology, more specifically Mediterranean Music and bagpipes, both of which are informed through fieldwork based research and performance. She completed her PhD in ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London in 2015, focusing on the anthropology of the Mallorca bagpipes (the xeremies). She is the founder and director of the International Bagpipe Organisation since 2012.
Postdoctoral work led her to work with the Geste-Acoustique-Musique programme (Sorbonne-Universités). With an interdisciplinary team of acousticians, musicians and engineers, she focussed on researching wind instruments and the relationship between the musician and the manufacturing process.
Cassandre is also a prolific performer. After many years of performing early music including with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, she then dedicated herself to the World Music scene, performing with bands from different cultural traditions including Italy, the UK, France, Sweden, Anatolia and more recently North-West Africa. She has performed at many international festivals and venues including the Proms, Womad, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Sage, Musicport, Aan Korb BBC festival, Bloomsbury festival, Urkult, Korro Festival and Stockholm Folk Festival.
Cassandre currently lectures in the History of Popular Music course and convenes the Joint Show course.
Ethnomusicology, Mediterranean Music, Music revivals, Interdisciplinary instrument research, Bagpipes
— SOAS, University of London, 2016
— Université Paris Ouest, 2009
— Université Sorbonne Paris 4, 2009
MA (English linguistics)
— Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, 2008
— Université Sorbonne Paris 4, 2007
Diplome d’Etudes Musicales
— Conservatoire de la Vallée de Chevreuse, 2006
Best Student Paper
— British Forum for Ethnomusicology (UK), 2015
International Travel Fund Award
— Society for Ethnomusicology (USA), 2015
Santander Mobility Award
— Santander, 2012
— Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie (France), 2011
British Forum for Ethnomusicology
International Council for Traditional Music
International Bagpipe Organisation
Society for Ethnomusicology
External Activities and Consultancy
Director of the International Bagpipe Organisation (www.internationalbagpipeorganisation.com)