Patrick Murphy is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on funk music of Rio de Janeiro, examining the extent to which funk events dialogue with the broader history of the city. In his research, Patrick investigates, above all, the intersections among music, law, and urban geography in Rio.
Patrick has offered presentations concerning Rio funk for the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium and the Urban History Beyond the North Atlantic conferences. Patrick has also written book reviews for the UCLA Ethnomusicology Review and for academic journal The World of Music, the latter with publication date set for the end of 2020.
Prior to pursuing academic research in the United States, Patrick taught music in São Paulo and worked as a performing musician in the jazz and Brazilian choro genres.