Tom Peterson

Key information

BA (Sussex), MMus (SOAS)
Email address
Thesis title
Archives of Sri Lanka's Vocal Arts: The Lyrical Genres of the Nevill Collection as Refractions of Sri Lanka, Past and Present
Internal Supervisors
Dr Richard Williams


Tom Peterson is a current CHASE doctoral researcher at SOAS. He gained a BA Honours in Professional Musicianship at Sussex University in 2013 and an MMus in Ethnomusicology at SOAS in 2019. He is an experienced musician, having worked as a performer, producer, and composer in a variety of Western, African, and Latin American settings. He is a student of the north-Indian Sārangi, having studied with ustād Surjeet Singh, and is turning his attention to the Saraswati Veena as a student of shrīmati Gayathri Govindarajan. He also has an article forthcoming with Asian Music titled ‘Sonic Benefit: Buddhist Ontologies of Chant and the Supramundane in Bengaluru’ that makes significant contributions to the under-researched field of Theravāda sound by presenting a sonic ontology of Buddhist metaphysics along with specific examples of its application, practice, and context.

Research interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • History
  • South Asia
  • Sinhala
  • Colonialism

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