A composer, consultant, musicologist and specialist in music copyright and entrepreneurship, he has lectured to lawyers, ethnomusicologists, pop musicians, filmmakers and businessmen, and has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal and a host of other media.
Harrington's lecture, which he will deliver Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Birmingham Museum of Art, spans a good bit of the globe. Titled "Musical and Cultural Counterinfluences - Making My Inner Indian from Norwegian Wood to Mississippi Masala, Beatles, Bollywood, and Beyond," it explores the counterinfluences and appropriations between Indian and North American music. He will make his points by referenceing movies such as "Mississippi Masala" and "Slumdog Millionaire," and music of the Beatles, Miles Davis, Trilok Gurtu, Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa, Britney Spears and others.
Harrington, who teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, was the 1995 Jemison Distinguished Professor of The Humanities at UAB, and has also taught at Belmont University, University of Miami, University of Pittsburgh and Ohio State University.
The UAB lecture on Wednesday is free and open to the public.