The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments (CSFRI)
is devoted to fostering and serving as a resource for scholarly
research on all aspectsorganology, sociology, repertory,
performance practice, etc.of all free-reed instruments,
from the harmonium, so popular in India, and mouth-blown sheng
family of Southeast Asia, China, and Japan to the western "art-music"
repertories for the English concertina and accordion to the
many types of "squeezebox" and harmonica as used in
myriad folk traditions.
CSFRI has published the Free-Reed Journal
(vols. 1-4, 1999-2002), and has now joined forces with the
International Concertina Association in order to publish
Papers of the International Concertina Association (PICA),
the inaugural volume of which will appear in 2004.
In addition, CSFRI is in the process of establishing a research
archive of primary and secondary materials (music, recordings,
books, articles, etc.) pertaining to free-reed instruments,
with the aim of making its collection accessible to those
interested in the subject. The jewel of the collection is
The Deiro Archive, donated
to the Center by Count Guido Roberto Deiro and Ms. Sandra
(The Center invites further donations of such materials.)
It also sponsors concerts and conferences.
CSFRI is housed at The Graduate
Center of The City University of New York, where it is
part of the Doctoral
Program in Music and the Barry
S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation.
Its Director is Allan W. Atlas. Enquiries should be directed
Prof. Allan W. Atlas
Ph.D. Program in Music
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Phone: (212) 817-8590
Fax: (212) 817-1529