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Honors, People's Songs Nepal

Fulbright, CAORC NEH, and a Sabbatical Project

I'm thrilled that I've been awarded two fellowships, a¬†Fulbright Scholar Award and the CAORC NEH Senior Fellowship, to work on my new book project, on Nepali progressive song. 2018-2019 will be a sabbatical year of research and writing in Nepal. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and new, and working on this project (more… Continue reading Fulbright, CAORC NEH, and a Sabbatical Project

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East-West Center Talk: Music in Bhutan: Himalayan Connections

Thanks to all who came to my talk today on "Music in Bhutan: Himalayan Connections." The link below contains my presentation with all the links to musical examples; they should work from the PDF, or you may copy them into your browser. Bhutan Music Here are some further resources: Ter Ellingson, Mandala of Sound: Concepts… Continue reading East-West Center Talk: Music in Bhutan: Himalayan Connections

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Kauda Chudka in Gorkha District

In May 2007, this celebration of kauda chudka song and dance, in Lower Gyaja village of Manakamana VDC in Gorkha district, helped me understand how Nepal's urban dohori restaurants were trying to create a rural festival atmosphere. It also led me to question strict separation between political songs and "regular" folk songs. The song posted… Continue reading Kauda Chudka in Gorkha District

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My book, Singing Across Divides, available for pre-order

I'm so excited that my project of the past decade will finally appear in print! It has truly been a labor of love. You can pre-order by clicking the link below, and it's supposed to be available on October 2, 2017. Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal Here's the summary: "An ethnographic… Continue reading My book, Singing Across Divides, available for pre-order

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Experiences informing the Maoist Opera “Returning from the Battlefield”: Photos from Khusiram Pakhrin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcmnCoTMxto "Returning from the Battlefield" is an opera written by the Nepali composer of progressive and revolutionary songs, Khusiram Pakhrin. It was written for a meeting of the leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist during their People's War (1996-2006); this meeting, in 2005, proved decisive in the conclusion of the war. The opera was… Continue reading Experiences informing the Maoist Opera “Returning from the Battlefield”: Photos from Khusiram Pakhrin

Honors

I’m being awarded the Ali Miya Prize!

I am incredibly honored to announce that I will be receiving the 2016 Ali Miya Prize, on February 27, in Pokhara, Nepal. This prize is given yearly to individuals who have made notable contributions to folklore in Nepal, including folk music and folk literature. Previous recipients include Hari Devi Koirala and Prem Raja Mahat, among… Continue reading I’m being awarded the Ali Miya Prize!