Curt Bouterse
My Résumé
American Old Time Music
Spanish Old Time Music
Spanish Old Time Music Band
About Me
Nixon, Nancy, and Me
What's in a Name?
My Résumé
Gourd Banjers & Other Commercial Endeavors
Pensées I: Pardon my French
Pensées II: For Believers Only
Contact Me


POBox 84025 San Diego CA 92138

"curt at bouterse dot com"

My father, myself, and friend and mentor Jozef Pacholczyk, on the way to receive my PhD, 1996.

Cross-Cultural Studies

World History. Anthropology. Folk Art. Ethnomusicology.

Curriculum Vitae


1986-96 University of Maryland Baltimore County. PhD, Ethnomusicology
1980-83 San Diego State University. MA, World Music
1966-68 San Diego State College. BA, Music
1961-64 San Diego State College. BA, Anthropology
1959-61 Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College. AA, Humanities


1991-92 San Diego State University. Instructor
1987-88 University of Maryland Baltimore County. Teaching Assistant
1986 Mesa Community College. Instructor
1983-86 San Diego State University. Instructor
1981-83 San Diego State University. Graduate Assistant
1973-81 San Diego State University. Lecturer


Music of Africa and the Americas
Graduate Seminar: Organology
Introduction to Music Theory
Music in Contemporary Life
Medieval Performance
American Folk Music
Introduction to Music
Collegium Musicum
Ethnic Musics
Asian Musics


1971-Present. Founder, Director: Alfonso X, medieval music ensemble
1966-86. Founding Committee, Consultant: San Diego Folk Festival
1963-86. Founder, Director: San Diego Shape Note Singers



1977-85. Freelance graphic artist, layout editing, calligraphy (including: Eating Out in San Diego; The Best of San Diego; Annual Bookstore Guide, San Diego Booksellers' Association)
1980. Editor, The Lost Wine: Seven Centuries of French into English Lyrical Poetry, by Dr. John Theobald
1979. Author, Nixon's Farewell


1985. 'World Music as a Tool for Recreating Early Music,' in Progress Reports in Ethnomusicology, vol 1, no. 6
1979. 'Reconstructing the Medieval Arabic Lute,' in Galpin Society Journal, XXXII
1966-70. Numerous articles, reviews, transcriptions in The Khrome Kazoo, west coast folk music magazine

Doctoral Dissertation

1996. Literacy, Orality, and the Cantigas: Toward an Ethnomusicology of Medieval Europe. University of Maryland

Music Transcription

1976. 'Sakara' from Dahomey, Comparative Anthology of Musical Forms, by Dr. David and Susan Ward-Steinman


2004. 'Alfonso X Memorial Medieval String Band, Santiago de California' (CD in progress)
1981. 'El Rayo X,' with David Lindley. Elektra Records
1980. 'The Long Riders,' with Ry Cooder. Warner Brothers, motion picture soundtrack and album
1979. 'Hangin' On,' motion picture soundtrack
1975. 'Bounty Man,' motion picture soundtrack


1971-Present. Alfonso X, medieval ensemble (since 1990, two performances per year)
1966-Present. Numerous solo concerts of American traditional music (appearing with such performers as Doc Watson, Jean Ritchie, and Brownie McGhee)
1966-Present. Annual performer, San Diego Folk Festival (later, San Diego Roots Festival)
1963-86. San Diego Shape Note Singers
1980-86. Trio Antiqua, early music ensemble
1980-86. San Diego State Balinese Gamelan Orchestras (gong kebyar, angklung, gambuh, & gambang ensembles)
1963-86. Radio & TV appearances, Texas & California
1970-73. Heritage String Band, San Diego


1992. Workshops on medieval music: Society for Creative Anachronisms
1984. Professional paper: "Early Music and World Music," Southern California Chapter, Society for Ethnomusicology, SDSU
1981. Professional paper: "Reconstructing Spanish Medieval Music," Colloquium on Early Music Performance Practice, SDSU
1978. Workshops: San Diego Early Music Society Weekend
1973. Performance-Demonstration: Comprehensive Musicianship Seminar for College Music Teachers, SDSU
1971. Performance-Demonstration: Southern California Chapter, American Musicological Society, UCLA


1973-75. Staff announcer and host of 'Around the World with Music,' KFSD-FM, San Diego


1974-Present. Southwest American Indian: Hopi, Navajo, Kumeyaay, PaiPai
1984. Oaxaca, Mexico
1982. Sumatra, Java, Bali