Ana Ruth Alonso Minutti
Ana Ruth Alonso Minutti
photo by Ernesto Alonso

During the 2006-2008 period, Ana Ruth Alonso Minutti received a UC MEXUS dissertation research grant to conclude her dissertation entitled "Resonances of Sound, Text, and Image in the Music of Mario Lavista" under the guidance of Professor Beth Levy from UC Davis. Her research addresses the work of Mario Lavista, one of the most relevant living Mexican composers. She combines music analysis with oral history and aesthetic discourse to discuss Lavista's music as a point of convergence where resonances arise, understanding "resonance" as the quality of evoking responses charged with meaning by a multiplicity of voices. During her research appointment, Alonso Minutti conducted and professionally videotaped a series of interviews with the composer, as well as other performers and visual artists living in Mexico City; the result was the production of a short documentary on Jaula, a well-known-if somewhat understudied-multidisciplinary artwork developed in 1976 by Lavista and artist Arnaldo Coen.

Currently she is assistant professor of music at the University of North Texas. She can be contacted at ana.alonso@unt.edu.