Charlie Lockwood dabbles in the fields of Arts Administration, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Writing and Research, and Music Performance. He is the Executive Director of Texas Folklife, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designated by the National Endowment for the Arts to preserve and present the folk and traditional arts of Texas.
Lockwood studied Ethnomusicology at Vanderbilt University, where he explored the music traditions of Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. In 2006, Charlie conducted field research in Khayelitsha, a township of Cape Town, South Africa, working with youth theater for development activists and learning gumboot or isicathulo dance. He earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he played the ‘ud (Arab short-necked fretless lute) in the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, directed by Dr. Scott Marcus, one of the foremost scholars of the Arab maqamat system. In July 2010, Charlie traveled to Cairo, Egypt with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble to play a series of concerts at the Cairo Opera House. At UCSB Charlie performed, studied, and taught a wide array of music and cultural traditions. In Austin he has performed with Atlas Maior, The Austin Global Orchestra, and the University of Texas Middle Eastern Ensemble Bereket.
During his tenure at Texas Folklife, Lockwood has overseen a variety of flagship Texas Folklife programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts funded Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts and Stories from Deep in the Heart youth radio program, Accordion Kings & Queens, The Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest, and Foodways: A Place at the Table, a statewide survey of Texas food traditions. He has coordinated grant management, membership cultivation, and fiscal sponsorships for unincorporated organizations and individual artists. For the past several years, Lockwood has undertaken an archival preservation project to organize, digitize and ultimately disseminate 30+ years of Texas Folklife’s rich archival holdings. In 2014 he co-produced Traditional Music of Texas Volume 1: Fiddle Recordings from the Texas Folklife Archives, and in 2015 was honored with a Community Sabbatical Research Award from the University of Texas at Austin Humanities Institute to research historic and contemporary Texas regional music recordings.