- About the Contributors
Robert O. Beahrs is an ethnomusicologist, sound artist, and filmmaker from Minnesota currently living in Istanbul. His research examines sociomaterial geographies of music, song-based storytelling, and the politics of heritage in Siberia and Inner Asia. He studied music at Pomona College and received his MA and PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. Beahrs is currently working as a lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), Istanbul Technical University.
Andrew Colwell is project director and staff ethnomusicologist at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City. He completed his dissertation on Mongolian khöömei (throat-singing) at Wesleyan University with support from the Fulbright Institute of International Education and the American Center for Mongolian Studies. Whether out on the Mongolian steppe or in the five boroughs of New York, his academic research and public-sector work focus on how communities sustain expressive practices in the challenging ecological, economic, and social settings of a globalizing world.
Johanni Curtet is an ethnomusicologist, producer, and musician and teaches khöömii. His research focuses on khöömii, Mongolian music, issues related to transmission, history and ethnomusicology, institutionalization, heritagemaking, and timbre. Temporary lecturer at the University of Rennes 2, he is also the artistic director of Routes Nomades Association, with which he produces the tours and records of Mongolian musicians. In 2009, at the request of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO, he participated in the elaboration of the khöömii nomination for its inscription by UNESCO. In 2017, he published An Anthology of Mongolian Khöömii, which was the topic of a film, Journey into Khöömii.
Saida Daukeyeva is an Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University. Her current research explores the intersection of sound with social and political geographies in Central Asia, focusing on Kazakh music and expressive culture across borders. She has carried out archival and ethnographic work on Kazakh narrative instrumental performance and ritual practice in Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and she has studied medieval Arabic writings on music in Syria. Her publications include journal articles, chapters in edited volumes, the monograph Philosophy of Music by Abu Nasr Muhammad Al-Farabi (Soros Foundation, 2002, in Russian), and coedited book The Music of Central Asia (Indiana University Press, 2016).
Charlotte D'Evelyn is a faculty member in the Department of Music at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She focuses her research on music, ethnic identity, and heritage politics in Inner Mongolia, China, and received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2013. She is a lifelong student of the Chinese erhu, Mongolian morin khuur, Mongolian khöömii, and the viola.
Theodore Levin first visited Tyva in 1987. With Valentina Süzükei, he is the author of Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond, which has been translated into Russian and Chinese. With Eduard Alekseyev and Zoya Kyrgys, he recorded and produced the albums Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia and Tuva: Among the Spirits (also with Joel Gordon), both released by Smithsonian Folkways.
Carole Pegg is a social anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, and musician. After gaining a PhD in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, she lectured and conducted research in the Social Anthropology Department and on the Music Faculty there, and she has taught anthropology of music and performance, ethnomusicology, and Mongolian and Inner Asian musics in Europe, the United States, Hong Kong, China, Mongolia, and Inner Mongolia. She published a monograph on Mongolian music in 2001, was chairperson of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, a founding coeditor of the British Journal of Ethnomusicology (now Ethnomusicology Forum), and the ethnomusicology editor for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Sean Quirk has been living in the Republic of Tuva full time since 2003, where he began his journey in the world of Tuvan music as a Fulbright scholar and continued as the only foreign-born member of the Tuvan National Orchestra. He was named Distinguished Artist of Tuva in 2008, has performed fieldwork for the Smithsonian Institution, and has translated numerous works on Tuvan culture and music. He has produced the Grammy...