Part boy band, part Rat Pack, The Singing Bois create spaces for masculine of center vocalists within new and classic styles such as doo-wop, soul, barbershop, pop, R&B, and Latin genres. Twisting sonic gender expectations, they blend musical precision, playful staging, and sexy swagger to tell queer, butch, and trans stories through song.
The Spiritual Technologies Project seeks to generate, document, and transmit performative practices that unify and transform individuals and groups of people. The project will manifest through recordings, writing, and live laboratories in which artists, culture bearers, and other creative practitioners explore old and new tools for personal and collective transformation.
The San Francisco Bay Area’s first and only all-women’s bomba ensemble. The group is composed of activists, educators, and artists who work to maintain, support, and develop Puerto Rico’s oldest African influenced music and dance tradition. Perform throughout the Bay Area and nationally for educational institutions, cultural centers, and festivals.
An Albany, California-based band that blends folk, pop, American roots music, and world music. Their eclectic sound is unified through instrumentation blending guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, violin, trumpet, hand drums, and toy instruments (melodica, toy piano). The group released their first album, Prairie, in 2014.
Research and Publications
Tamara conducts research on music, social identity (race, gender, sexuality), and politics. Specialties include U.S. popular music, African American spirituals, Afro-Puerto Rican bomba, and interracial and intercultural performance. You can visit Tamara’s UC Berkeley faculty page here.
A monograph exploring black-Asian musical collaborations in relation to U.S. racial politics. Based on original research and numerous interviews with artists including Fred Ho, Yoko Noge, Funkadesi, and Red Baraat.
An anthology discussing the life and work of composer, musician, activist Fred Ho. Introduction by Tamara, co-edited by Tamara and Roger Buckley. Read a Q&A with Tamara about Fred Ho and the anthology.
Featured in a special issue of Journal of Popular Music Studies co-edited by Tamara and Brandi Wilkins Catanese. Watch Tamara’s related talk, “I’m Not Gonna Spend My Life Being a Color.”