David Borgo is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, and Associate Professor of Music at UC San Diego. He has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Indiana University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. Borgo won first prize at the International John Coltrane Festival (1994) and he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has released five CDs as a leader and his book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age won the Alan Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the most distinguished book published during the previous year.