SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Dr Morgan Davies

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Morgan Davies
Department of Music

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Morgan Davies
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Thesis title:
Musical Knowledge of the Laṅgās and Māṅgaṇiyārs


Morgan is a musician, composer and musicologist, specialising in performance on bowed and plucked stringed instruments from around the world. Having spent his formative professional years working as a musician, Morgan began studying Ethnomusicology as an undergraduate at SOAS in 2000, and graduated with a first in performance on sāraṅgī, the quintessential bowed stringed lute of the North Indian classical music tradition. Subsequently, he was awarded full postgraduate funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake a Master’s programme in sāraṅgī performance; and he graduated with distinction as a Master of Music in December 2008. Morgan completed work on his PhD thesis at SOAS in September 2016, and was awarded his Doctorate in 2017. The primary focus of Morgan's PhD thesis concerns the musical knowledge and performance systems of the Langā and Māngaṇiyār musicians of Western Rajasthan. 

Whilst pursuing his ongoing career as a professional studio recording and live musician, Morgan's music research consultancy activities have involved many diverse tasks, such as transcription and audio/visual analysis; sound engineering; database management; website editing and maintenance; academic proofreading; map design; preparing recordings for the British Library Sound Archive; and the capturing, editing and output of audio/visual data collected for AHRC-funded music research projects. In addition to working as a freelance music research consultant, Morgan was a member of staff in the Open University Music Department from October 2009 to September 2010; and he was then a member of staff in the Music Department at Durham University from September 2010 until October 2011. Morgan has been teaching on the 'Introduction to Music Analysis' undergraduate BA course in the Music Department at SOAS since 2015, and is the Administrator of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

During the course of his extensive music research work experience, Morgan has become conversant with many editing programmes, including Avid Media Pro, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, Wavelab, Sibelius, Audioscore & Photoscore Ultimate, Sonic Visualizer, Wave Editor, iAnalyse, Transcribe!, Tony, Second Copy, DVDIt, ProCoder, Logic Studio and ProToolsHD. He is comfortable working in both Mac and PC formats, and has received professional training and practical experience in the operation of broadcast-grade digital video cameras and state-of-the-art A/V studio hardware. Morgan also studied Mandarin Chinese for one year at SOAS, and learnt Hindi and Marwari during the course of his 2013-2014 fieldwork in Rajasthan.