Author Biography

Andrew Alter (PhD, Ethnomusicology, Monash University, Melbourne, 2001) is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He teaches and undertakes research in a diverse range of sub-disciplines, including popular music studies, ethnomusicology and music theory. His primary research is focused on traditional and popular music in India and Indonesia as well as World Music practice in Australia. His performance interests span an eclectic mix of world music and experimental genres, and include diverse musical practice on piano and cello as well as within vocal ensembles and Indonesian gamelan. Andrew has published widely in the discipline’s leading journals and reference tools. He is the author of two books: Dancing with Devtās: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India (2008, Ashgate) and Mountainous Sound Spaces: Listening to History and Music in the Uttarakhand Himalayas (2014, Cambridge India).

Noé Dinnerstein is Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. As an ethnomusicologist, his areas of interest are in music of Ladakh, North India, and Latin America. His research in Ladakh focuses primarily on tradition and popular songs, and their evolution through process of crossroads hybridity, past and present. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he is an active performer and teacher of Hindustani sitar and khayal singing, as well as a composer. He is currently finishing up a book, Traditional Songs in Buddhist Ladakh, which will include translations, transcriptions, and recordings.

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