Monash University

John Garzoli

Research Affiliate (Musicology and ethnomusicology; Social and cultural anthropology)

Monash University Clayton_Thailand

I hold a PhD in ethnomusicology from Monash University where I have been an Adjunct Research Fellow since 2014. My research involves traditional and contemporary Thai music, Thai politics, Thai tuning, Thai and Western pedagogy, intercultural musical synthesis, and jazz. At Monash University, I teach or have taught; contemporary and traditional world music, jazz pedagogy, the ethnomusicology of improvisation, aural training, aesthetics and criticism and professional practice. I am a recipient of the ‘2011 Prime Minister’s Asia Endeavour Award’, the ‘2106 Endeavour Post-doctoral Research Fellowship’, the ‘2016 Chulalongkorn University ENIT’s Research Fellowship’, the 2016 DFAT-ATI ‘Artist in Residence’ award and a Chulalongkorn University Artist in Residence Award'. I have been a ‘Visiting International Scholar’ at Khon Kaen University in 2015, 16 and 17 and I am an ‘Asialink Leaders Fellow’.


  • Draper, John; Garzoli, John; Kamnuansilpa, Peerasit; Lefferts, Leedom; Mitchell, James; Songkünnatham, Peera, (2019) “The Thai Lao – Thailand’s Largest Unrecognized Transboundary National Ethnicity”. Nations and Nationalism: 25
  • Garzoli, John. (2019). “The history of tuning systems and their measurement”. Sage Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Edited by Janet Sturman, SAGE, Los Angeles
  • Garzoli, John, and Bussakorn Binson. (2018). "Improvisation, Thang, and Thai Musical Structure." Musicology Australia 40 (1):46-62. doi: 10.1080/08145857.2018.1480867.
  • Garzoli, John. (2016). “Phleng Thai Doem and the Myth of 7-tet: The Questionable Origins of the Theory of Thai Tuning”. In Studia Instrumentorum Musicae Popularis IV, edited by Gisa Jähnichen. Monsenstein und Vannerdat, Germany, 95-105
  • Garzoli, John. (2015). “The Myth of Equidistance in Thai Tuning”. Analytical Approached to World Music”. Vol 4(2).
  • Garzoli, John. (2012). “Musical Consonance and Cultural Dissonance: An Issue in Musical Hybridity”. Proceedings- 2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia 2013: 248-54
  • Garzoli, John. (2019). “Music, the media and the Thai state following the death of King Bhumibol: Popular music’s role in orchestrating certainty in Thailand’s existential crisis”. International Journal of Community Music (in press).
  • Garzoli, John, and Tharanat Hin-on. (2023). "Thai musicology in context: epistemic disparities in Thai and Western ways of knowing Thai music." Ethnomusicology Forum 32 (2): 224-250
  • Garzoli, John. (2020). "Competing Epistemologies of Tuning, Intonation and Melody in the Performance of Thai Classical Music on Non-Fixed-Pitch Instruments." SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 407–36.
  • Garzoli, John. (2019). "Can a Globally Integrated Cultural and Artistic Perspective Help Hold Together a Dissolving World?" Journal of Urban Culture Research 19.
  • Garzoli, John. (2022). "Review: Music and Recording in King Chulalongkorn's Bangkok by James Mitchell." Journal of the Siam Society 111:183-187.
  • Garzoli, John. (2022). “Who Told You That: Musical Knowing as Mediated Epistemology” Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia. 29 July - 5 August, 2021.Tainan National University of the Arts. 200-204.
  • Garzoli, John. (2019). “Mawlam and jazz in intercultural musical synthesis: A theoretical exploration of the fusion process”. Rian Thai-International Journal of Thai Studies 11 (1): 1-18
  • Burgess, Greg, John Garzoli, Ashley Keaton, and Mark Shortis. (2009). "Photogrammetry for dish concentrator construction." Proceedings from Solar09, the 47th ANZSES Annual Conference, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. 1-10

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