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Department of Music, School of Arts

Music Department Staff

Associate Head of Department
Dr Nick Gray

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Lucy Durán

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Lucy Durán

Postgraduate Tutor

Professor Keith Howard

Research Tutor

Professor Richard Widdess

Lucy Durán
Senior Lecturer in African Music
Lucy Durán Music in the Mande world; Music of Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau; gender and music in West Africa; popular musics of Atlantic Africa; childhood music learning in West Africa; Cuban music, especially son and rumba; radio as a medium; and the world music industry.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4374
  • Email: ld@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 596
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Nick Gray
Senior Lecturer in the Music of South East Asia
Associate Head of Department
Nick Gray

Music of South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali, especially music for the Balinese shadowplay, composition, improvisation, analysis, music and religion

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4686
  • Email: ng18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Rachel Harris
Reader in Ethnomusicology
Rachel Harris Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual, music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 - 2015/16
Keith Howard
Professor of Music
Keith Howard Keith Howard is an ethnomusicologist, musicologist and anthropologist. He is particularly interested in how people use and talk about music, and his work explores music and religion, composition, education, preservation and sustainability, commodification and commercialisation, traditions, and musical futures.

He is the author or editor of 16 books and more than 100 articles. He founded the SOASIS CD and DVD label and was founder and licensee of OpenAir Radio. He writes primarily about the music and culture of Korea, though he has also researched and published on the music of Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Siberia, Thailand, and Siberia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4687
  • Email: kh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 515
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm or by appointment

Angela Impey
Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
Angela Impey Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 - 2015/16
Caspar Melville
Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4249
  • Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 512
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3.15-5.15pm

Ilana Webster-Kogen
Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; Music in Israel/Palestine; Biblical cantillation; migration and nationalism; music and gender.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Richard Widdess
Professor of Musicology
Richard Widdess History and theory of Indian classical music, dhrupad, Newar music of Nepal, historical ethnomusicology, analysis of musical performance, cognitive approaches to music, music and meaning, music and religion.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4685
  • Email: rw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 507
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm

Emeritus Staff

Owen Wright
Emeritus Professor of Musicology of the Middle East
Owen Wright Music of the Islamic Middle East; historical musicology

Administrators

Katerina Pavlakis
Events Co-ordinator
Katerina Pavlakis

Concert Series and World Music Summer School.


Musical Instrument Curators

Jody Butterworth
Musical Instrument Curator
Jody Butterworth
Nicholas Perry
Musical Instrument Curator
Nicholas Perry

Teaching Fellows

Ruard Absaroka
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Phil Alexander
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Andrew Channing
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette Javanese and Balinese gamelan
Carlos Chirinos
Senior Teaching Fellow
Director, SOAS Radio
Carlos Chirinos Radio in Africa, Communication for Development, Music and Media industries.

Jeung Hyun Choi
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Morgan Davies
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Flora Henderson
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Kadialy Kouyate
Senior Teaching Fellow
Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate comes from a very large African musical family of dialis, who are well known in Mandinka history. Since 2005 he has been teaching the Kora to undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS.


Great Lekakul
Senior Teaching Fellow
Great Lekakul

Thai classical and folk music

Sara McGuiness
Senior Teaching Fellow
Sara McGuinness

Sound recording and production, Cuban music.


Rowan Pease
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Rowan Pease is the Editorial Manager for SOAS journals. She learnt Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Xiamen University, China, before undertaking postgraduate study in ethnomusicology at SOAS. She is also a senior teaching fellow in the SOAS music department.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4063
  • Email: chinaq@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 479
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment
Violeta Ruano-Posada
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Sanju Sahai
Senior Teaching Fellow (Performance)
Sanju Sahai Sanju Sahai represents the distinguished lineage of tabla players and teachers from Banaras. He performs internationally as a soloist and in a variety of ensembles, and has been teaching tabla at SOAS for many years.

Research Associates

Peter Cooke
Research Associate
Peter Cooke

Ethnomusicology, African music.

Scheherazade Hassan
Research Associate
Scheherazade Hassan Ethnomusicology, Music of Iraq, The Iraqi maqam, Music in the Arab World

David W Hughes
Research Associate
David Hughes Ethnomusicology; music of East Asia especially Japan; Japanese folk and theatre music; music and linguistics; Indonesian gamelan and Javanese street music
Stephen Jones
Research Associate
Stephen Jones

Music of China, specifically Northern ritual and folk music, instrumental ensembles; music and politics.


Alexander Knapp
Research Associate
Alex Knapp

Jewish music.

Jane Lewisohn
Research Associate
Jane Lewisohn

Persian music and performing arts


Nicolas Magriel
Research Associate
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Indian music. Research fellow, "Growing into Music" project.

Noriko Manabe
Research Associate
Noriko Manabe

Music and social movements; music and language; the internet and the music industry; popular music in Japan; Japanese hip-hop; music and trauma; children's songs; Cuba; ethnomusicology; music theory. 


Min Yen Ong
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Ethnomusicology, intangible cultural heritage policy and practice, preservation and sustainability, tourism, memory and place. Primary regional research in China (especially Chinese opera), but also interest in music of the Pacific Islands.

Allison Singer
Research Associate
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Hwee-San Tan
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Ethnomusicology, Buddhist music in China, Taiwan, diaspora studies, intangible cultural heritage preservation, music in Singapore and Malaysia.

Trevor Wiggins
Research Associate
Trevor Wiggins

Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Performance, West Africa.


Research Fellows

Guangtian Ha
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Guangtian Ha
  • Tel: 020 7898 4399
  • Email: hg8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: T402
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment