I’m an assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. I was previously a lecturer at The New School and a postdoc fellow at Princeton. I earned my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse). Prior to grad school, I worked as a journalist and arts editor. Email: james.gabrillo@austin.utexas.edu.



My research and teaching specializations are the cultural histories of contemporary music and multimedia industries, with a focus on the Philippines and the US.

My current book project Pop Convergence (under contract with Oxford University Press) examines musical flows and networks in contemporary Manila. Through a combination of archival research, musical analysis, and ethnographic fieldwork, I explore how the country’s mass entertainment industry has bestowed on its audience assurances of cultural and social authority.

Another major project, Listening to Caregiving, engages with global narratives of migration, cultural memory, and archiving. Through sonic ethnography and interactive digital mapping, my work sheds light on experiences of Filipino domestic workers in select international locations. I launched the project at Princeton’s Migration and Humanities Lab, led by Sandra Bermann.

I’ve taught classes and supervised projects on musicology, ethnomusicology, sound studies, multimedia research methods, global culture industries, digital technologies, and audio/visual production.

My PhD dissertation was funded by a Cambridge International Scholarship and supervised by Nicholas Cook, Matthew Machin-Autenrieth, and David Trippett. My work has additionally been supported by grants awarded by Cambridge Trust, Santander, American Musicological Society, Peterhouse Cambridge, Music & Letters Trust, Princeton University, The New School, and UT Austin.



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Articulating Media: Genealogy, Interface, Situation, book collection co-edited with Nathaniel Zetter, for the Technographies series of Open Humanities Press, forthcoming.

“Radyo Tanudan: Sonic Collectivities in a Philippine Village,” chapter for the Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcast Studies, edited by Mia Lindgren and Jason Loviglio, Routledge, 2022.

“Stepping onto the Pop Dance Floor,” American Music Perspectives, 1/2 (Dec 2021), 201-210.

Rak en Rol: The Influence of Psychedelic Culture in Philippine Music,” Rock Music Studies, special issue on Global Psychedelia and Counterculture, edited by Kevin Moist, 5/3 (Sep 2018), 257-274.

“The Sound and Spectacle of Philippine Presidential Elections, 1953-1998,” Musical Quarterly, 100/3-4 (Jul 2018), 297-339.

“The Rapper Is Present: Sound Art, Liveness, and the Negotiation of Identity in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 29/1 (Mar 2017).

“The Ballad of ‘Grandmaster PH’: Contesting Narratives and Lost Archives in Philippine Hip-Hop,” chapter for Hip-Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production, edited by Mark V. Campbell and Murray Forman, Intellect Books, forthcoming.

“Turn to Kitsch: Eat Bulaga! and the Arrangement of Musical Humor in Philippine Television,” chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Arrangement Studies, edited by Ryan Bañagale, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

recent talks

“Thinking Across Time and Space: Philippine Music Studies Today,” Society for Ethnomusicology, New Orleans, Nov 10-13, 2022 (roundtable co-organizer & chair).

“Sonic Cosmopolitan Imaginaries of Philippine Indigeneity,” International Musicological Society, University of Athens, Aug 22-26, 2022. 

“P-Pop Convergence and Syncretism,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US), University of Michigan, May 26-28, 2022.

“P-Pop Convergence and Syncretism,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Apr 7-10, The Open University, UK, 2022.

“Overstatement as Style: Birit Singing and Musical Parody,” University of Minnesota Transnational American Studies Lecture Series, Mar 31, 2022.

Workshops on Media Platforms and Music Journalism, Sangeet Sangum-Pakistani Partnership Program, University of Texas at Austin, Dec 8 & 13, 2021.

“Pop Convergence: Musical Multimedia in Manila,” Diskurso Saliksik sa Kolehiyo: Musika, Ekonomiya, at Literatura (University Research Conference in Music, Economics, and Literary Studies), University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, Nov 24, 2021.

“The Ballad of Grandmaster PH: Contesting Narratives and Lost Archives in Philippine Hip-Hop,” American Musicological Society, Nov 11-12, 20-21, 2021.

“Radyo Tanudan: Sonic Collectivities in a Philippine Village,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Oct 28-31, 2021.

“‘Heroes’ of the Global South: Labor Migration in Comparative Perspective,” Beyond the Future of Work: New Paradigms for Addressing Global Inequality, University of Texas at Austin, Jun 9, 2021.

Panelist for OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (Greater Houston), Virtual Tea Talk on Asian American Studies, May 28, 2021. 

“Sounds of Caregiving: Listening to Filipino Migrants,” Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Apr 19, 2021.

Guest Talk, Class on Philippine History, University of California, Berkeley, Apr 15, 2021.

“Exploring the Music of the Philippines,” Salubungin Conference, Austin, Texas, Apr 10, 2021.

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Bath Spa University, Apr 8-11, 2021.

Guest Talk, Class on Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Wellesley College, Mar 19, 2021.

“Sounds of Caregiving: Listening to Filipino Migrants,” Music Department Colloquium, SOAS University of London, Nov 24, 2020.

“The Ballad of Grandmaster PH: Hip-Hop Historiography and (Lost) Archives in the Philippines,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Oct 22-31, 2020.

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” Sound Studies, Rhetoric, and Writing Conference, Detroit, Oct 1-3, 2020. 

“Punk as Soundtrack to Gay Beauty Pageants in Hawaii,” Society for American Music, Jul 16-18, 2020.

“Imagined Spaces: Song-and-Dance Sequences in Philippine Cinema,” Music and the Moving Image, New York University, May 29-31, 2020. 

“Sounding Public Space in Manila’s Palengke,” Un/Sounding the Relational City Conference, New York University, Feb 28-29, 2020.


© Christo 

I previously worked as a journalist and editor for various publications, including The National, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Rogue Magazine. My writing has also been published in Rolling Stone Italia and Al Jazeera English. I’ve also produced multimedia and documentary segments for Wired and The Japan Times.

I’ve reported on politics, culture, technology, and sport from major international cities. Notable coverage include presidential elections in both the US and the Philippines, international film, music, fashion, and visual art festivals, a Middle East-wide spelling bee, Formula 1 racing, and interviews with Michael Jordan, Grant Achatz, and Christo.