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Eliot Bates is an ethnomusicologist and recording engineer with a special interest in the social studies of technology. His research examines recording production and the social lives of musical instruments and studio recording technologies. Currently an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, he has also taught at the University of Birmingham (UK), Cornell University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Digital Tradition: Arrangement and Labor in Istanbul's Recording Studio Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Linda Kakō Caplan is a daishihan (grand master) koto teacher and performer from the Chikushiki koto school in Fukuoka, Japan. She was the inaugural Japanese Music Course Director at York University in Toronto, Canada, setting up and leading the Japanese Music Ensemble from 2003 to 2015. Since then she has retired from the Ensemble and remains on staff as the World Music instructor of koto and jiuta shamisen.

Virginia Danielson is an Associate of the Harvard Music Department and Visiting Scholar at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Previously, she served as the Director of Libraries at NYUAD, as Richard F. French Librarian of the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, and as the Curator of the University's Archive of World Music; she also taught occasionally in Harvard's Music Department. An ethnomusicologist by training, Danielson is the author of the award-winning monograph "The Voice of Egypt": Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the 20th Century (2008) and coeditor of The Middle East, volume 6 of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2002).

André J. P. Elias is an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University specializing in ethnomusicology, performance, and research methods in music. His research focuses on the music of India, Myanmar, Japan, Spain, and the Americas and on theoretical subjects of nationalism, identity, organology, spirituality, cultural exchange, and improvisational performance practices. In Hong Kong, he works extensively with the South Asian and Latin communities and puts together events that celebrate diversity, creativity, and cultural exchange.

Bradford J. Garvey is currently the Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His dissertation research, on praise singing and political legitimacy in the Sultanate of Oman, was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. In addition to the Iraqi maqām, his research interests include music and the state, group music making, economic ethnomusicology, social action, and the integration of music, ethnopoetics, and sociolinguistics.

Tanya Merchant, Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include music's intersection with issues of nationalism, gender, identity, and the postcolonial situation. With a geographical focus on Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the Balkans, she has conducted fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, the United States, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is an avid performer on the Central Asian dutar and has given concerts in the United States and Uzbekistan. Her book, Women Musicians of Uzbekistan: From Courtyard to Conservatory, was published in 2015 by the University of Illinois Press.

Terry Miller is Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at Kent State University (Ohio), where he taught for 30 years. He founded the Kent State Thai Ensemble in 1978 with Kovit Kantasiri. Miller has published numerous articles, chapters, books, and recordings, and he coedited (with Sean Williams) The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Southeast Asia (2003). Miller spends three months each year in Thailand, where he continues research.

Roberto Rizzo is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Milan–Bicocca and editor of the music magazine OndaRock (Italy). His research activities span the anthropology of music, religion, and theory in cultural anthropology. Since 2014 his fieldwork site has been predominantly Java. His current research focuses on the contemporary Buddhist revival in Central and East Java and is supported by the Jakarta Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient and the University of Milan–Bicocca.

M. Emin Soydaş is an Associate Professor in the Music Department of Çankırı Karatekin Unive.rsity in Turkey...


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