An Interview with Damian Wright

Flamenco and the discourse of World Music in Contemporary Australia


  • Brent Keogh Macquarie University



World Music, Flamenco, Australian Music Industries, popular music


In this Riff article, Brent Keogh speaks to Sydney based flamenco guitarist and ARIA award nominee, Damian Wright. The interview discusses Wright’s experiences and perspectives on World Music in Australia. Where much of the academic discourse on World Music focuses on broader theorisation and systemic critiques, the following interview presents experiences and insights from a musician contributing to, and working in, the complex discursive space of World Music in Australia. In doing so, Wright’s perspectives contribute to broader discussions concerning the politics of otherness, musical patronage, and cultural diversity in Australian music.

Author Biography

  • Brent Keogh, Macquarie University

    Brent Keogh is a musician and academic, specialising in the areas of popular music studies and ethnomusicology. His doctoral studies examined the discourse of World Music in Australia. He has published in the areas of arts policy, musical sustainability, music ecology, and music festivals. He currently teaches at Macquarie University and UTS in the areas of Popular Music, International Communications, and Media Studies. He also plays and performs on the oud, and has studied for a number of years with oud virtuoso and ARIA award winner Joseph Tawadros.


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How to Cite

Keogh, B. (2016). An Interview with Damian Wright: Flamenco and the discourse of World Music in Contemporary Australia. Perfect Beat, 17(1), 71-82.