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Department of Music

Music Department Staff

Head of Department
Professor Richard Widdess

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 3.15-5.15pm
Nick Gray
Senior Lecturer in the Music of South East Asia
Nick Gray

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4686
  • Email: ng18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1pm - 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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm
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 email 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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
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: By appointment

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.

Richard Widdess
Professor of Musicology
Head of Department
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: Mondays 1-3pm

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

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.
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.


Nami Morris
Senior Teaching Fellow
Nami Morris

Samulnori - "The Play of Four Things"

Nami received her Samulnori training from Korea's legendary percussionist, Kim Duk Soo, from a very young age. In addition to convening the course at SOAS, she teaches a weekly Samulnori class at Robinson College Cambridge.

Sara McGuiness
Senior Teaching Fellow
Sara McGuinness

Sound recording and production, Cuban music.


Rowan Pease
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Ethnomusicology, music of East Asia, the music business.

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
Staff Silhouette

Indian music. Research fellow, "Growing into Music" project.

Mercedes Pavlicevic
Research Associate
Mercedes Pavlicevic

Music therapy, music in development. Director of Research, Nordoff Robbins.


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

Catherine Ingram
Newton International Fellow
Catherine Ingram

Ethnomusicology, Asian Studies, music and language.

William Tallotte
Marie Curie Fellow
Staff Silhouette