Current position

ex-Post-Doctoral Researcher in Ethnomusicology

University College Cork (Ireland)

now independent scholar

Co-founder and Chair of the ICTM Study Group on Audiovisual Ethnomusicology

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Latest publications:

Audiovisual Ethnomusicology. Filming musical cultures by Leonardo D’Amico. Bern: Peter Lang, 2020.

“Audiovisual Ethnomusicology is a revelation, an inspiration and an important new story about what ethnomusicologists do and therefore what ethnomusicology is” – Timothy Rice

“BULANG MUSIC. From the Mountains to the Stars”.

A documentary film by Leonardo D’Amico. Shot by Leonardo D’Amico and Zhang Hai in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, Southwest China (2023, 42 min.).


PRESS BOOK (click on the image)

Awarded as Best Documentary at the Virgin Spring Cinefest 2023

Performance with Efik musicians, Cuti Aste and Meki Nzewi in Esuk Mba, Nigeria, 2012.

Leonardo D’Amico and Meki Nzewi during fieldwork in Esuk Mba (Nigeria). Excerpt from the documentary “Pasos de Cumbia” (Cumbia Steps) by V. Cavallo, 2012.

“Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”, performed by Yunnan University chamber orchestra created and conducted by Leonardo D’Amico (Kunming, China, 26/06/2017)

Lecture at University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)

Conference “Roots in Action” (Caserta, 2013)

Drumming masterclass in Xian (China)

Drumming Masterclass in Kunming (China)


Book by Leonardo D’Amico

Leo & Toumani Diabaté (Festival Musica dei Popoli, Florence, 2007)

Angelo Arribas (gaita) and Leonardo D’Amico (tamboril). Miranda do Douro, Tras-os-Montes, Portugal, 2011. Research project “Musicas tradicionalesy populares de Zamora y Miranda do Douro: Documentacion, estudio, interpretacion”. Principal Investigator: Prof. Enrique Camara (Universidad de Valladolid). Research team: Matias Isolabella, Salvatore Rossano and Leonardo D’Amico.

My first fieldwork with my wife Diamantina in Colombia. Field research on Afro-Colombian music (Mompox, Colombia, 1996).

Nice memories from the ’80s! Playing “Got a Match?” at the Jazz Club in Florence. Stefano Bollani (piano), Elio Nencioni (bass), Stefano Negri (sax) and Leonardo D’Amico (drums).
Italian Youth Jazz Orchestra (Orchestra Giovanile Italiana di Jazz), Barga Jazz, 1993. Conductor: Bruno Tommaso. On drums: Leonardo D’Amico.

This video was shot in Kunming in 2017 when I was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Yunnan University. “I Miss Kunming” is a tribute to a city that has remained in my heart and is dedicated to all the wonderful people I have met. A life experience I will never forget.