- About the Contributors
Francesca Billeri received a PhD in Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS), in 2019 with a dissertation titled "Interrelations among Genres in Khmer Traditional Music and Theatre." She is currently working on a project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education and directed by Giovanni Giuriati, on archiving eleventhcentury music from an oral tradition. She is also working as a PhD tutor in schools. In 2009 she carried out research on Khmer wedding music for her master's degree, and in 2013 she organized the first Khmer music workshop at SOAS. Billeri's research interests include the classification of genres and the impact of media on traditional music.
Brian E. Bond holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA in Music and South Asian Studies from Rutgers University. His dissertation examines the use and contestation of Sindhi Sufi poetry performance as an affective medium of Islamic knowledge transmission in rural Muslim communities in Kachchh, Gujarat (in western India). He has taught at the City College of New York and Brooklyn College. He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recordist with releases under his own name and with the band Communipaw. He received the 2019 Martin Hatch Prize for the outstanding student presentation on Asia at the 2018 Society for Ethnomusicology annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Victoria M. Dalzell is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on ethnicity, ritual, and belonging in Nepal. Her research in Nepal's Tharu communities has appeared in the journals Studies in Nepali History and Society, Anthropology and Humanism, and Asian Music. Her current research examines the congregational song practices of Christian Nepalis. Her work has been supported by a Fulbright IIE grant and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society. She received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside.
Ying Diao is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. Ying holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland (2016). She researches religion, sound, and media, and her special area is the musical and religious traditions on the China-Myanmar border. Her dissertation investigates contemporary gospel singing of the Lisu in Nujiang and the cultural politics of ethnic and religious expression. Her current book project explores how the devotional practices of faith in the Lisu communities have been intertwined with media technologies and material culture during the last three decades.
Gavin Douglas holds BMUS and BA degrees from Queen's University, an MM from the University of Texas, and a PhD from the University of Washington. He is currently on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His writings can be found in Ethnomusicology, The World of Music, and Anthropology Today, among others. He is the author of Music in Mainland Southeast Asia (Oxford), a text that explores diversity, political trauma, and globalization across Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Douglas's research in Myanmar focuses on the state patronage of traditional music, ethnic minority traditions, and the soundscapes of Theravada Buddhism. He is an active guitarist, fiddle player, and Irish flutist.
Subash Giri is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Department of Music, University of Alberta, Canada. He holds three first-class master's degrees: one in Hindustani Classical Voice (MM) from the University of Nepal; another in Sociology (MA), also from the University of Nepal; and a third in Music Management (MMMGMT) from the University of Agder in Norway. He is a principal instructor of the Indian Music Ensemble (IME) at the University of Alberta's Department of Music. His research focuses on South Asia, particularly on Nepal and India. His main areas of research interest are applied ethnomusicology; the traditional music of South Asia; music and diaspora, music sustainability and cultural continuity; music and community well-being; music and gender; music and identity; and music business, music industry, and copyright.
Justin R. Hunter is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Indigenous Studies, Japanese Studies, and Ozark Regional Studies. He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa...