The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments (CSFRI) is devoted to fostering and serving as a resource for scholarly research on all aspects—organology, 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 Cattani.
(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 to:

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