Website Editorial Board

The Editorial Board for the Sound Futures website is comprised of leading scholars in the field of ethnomusicology:


Anthony Seeger

Professor Anthony Seeger (USA)

Anthony Seeger is Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive at the University of California Los Angeles, USA. He has written extensively on issues of intellectual property, audiovisual archiving, and about the Indigenous Suyá/Kïsêdjê society of Mato Grosso, Brazil. He has served terms as President of both the SEM and the ICTM and as Secretary-General of the latter. He has taught at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, at Indiana University in Bloomington, and at UCLA. From 1988 to 2000 he was Curator of the Folkways Collection and Director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco

Professor Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Portugal)

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She has carried out field research in Egypt, Portugal and Oman resulting in publications on cultural politics, music revival, identity, music media, modernity, and transculturation. Her recent publications include (with John O’Connell) the 2009 edited book Music and Conflict, and editorial oversight for the 2010 Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX. Professor Castelo-Branco holds and has held numerous posts in key music organisaitons including Vice President of the Society for Ethnomusicology 2007 – 2009, Vice-President of the International Council for Traditional Music (1997-2001 and since 2009), President of the Portuguese Musicological Association (1996 – 2006).

Shubha Chaudhuri

Dr Shubha Chaudhuri (India)

Shubha Chaudhuri has worked at the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies since its inception in 1982, and Director since 1985. In the field of audiovisual archiving her major interests have been database applications, the needs of research archives and issues of intellectual property rights.  She has been on the Executive Board of the IASA, ICTM (International Council of Traditional Music), where she is currently national representative for India and a council member of the Society of Ethnomusicology. She has been a consultant for the Ford Foundation in the area of audiovisual archiving for projects in India, Indonesia and Sudan.  Her fieldwork has been has been in Western Rajasthan, and more recently in Goa. She is also consulting with the WIPO Creative Heritage Project and with UNESCO for the cultural mapping project for India.


Richard Moyle

Professor Richard Moyle (New Zealand)

Director of the Centre for Pacific Studies, Richard Moyle is a graduate of The University of Auckland. He has held teaching positions at Indiana University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and for eight years was a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in Canberra. He came to Pacific Studies after 22 years in the Department of Anthropology. Since 1993 Richard has also been Director of the Archive of Māori and Pacific Music. Richard’s research career spans 43 years, including 10 years of fieldwork in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, the northern Cook Islands, Central Australia, and Takuu. His many books include landmark volumes on the musics of Samoa, Tonga, Takuu, the Pintupi, Alyawarra and Kukatja Aboriginal tribes, and also bilingual collections of oral tradition from Samoa, Tonga and Takuu.

Svanibor Pettan

Professor Svanibor Pettan (Slovenia)

Svanibor Pettan is professor and chair of the ethnomusicology program at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Zanzibar, Egypt, and Kosovo, as well as Australia, Croatia, Norway, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA. The prevalent themes in his studies include music in the contexts of politics and war, multiculturalism, music of minorities, and applied ethnomusicology. His work with Romani musicians in Kosovo resulted in numerous publications in various formats. Dr. Pettan serves as vice-president of the International Council for Traditional Music, president of the Cultural and Ethnomusicological Society Folk Slovenia, member of several international editorial boards, initiator and chair of the ICTM study group Applied ethnomusicology and vice-chair of the study group Music and minorities.

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Mr Daniel Sheehy (USA)

Daniel Sheehy is director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Sheehy joined the Smithsonian in 2000, serving as director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, curator of the Folkways Collection and director of Smithsonian Global Sound. Prior to this, he served as director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (1992-2000) and staff ethnomusicologist and assistant director (1978-1992). A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico, he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA. He co-edited the South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean(1998) volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. His book Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2006.


Professor Tan Sooi Beng (Malaysia)

Tan Sooi Beng is a Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang. She has carried out extensive research on Peace Building through the Performing Arts, Community Theatre in Southeast Asia and Japan, Multicultural Traditions of Malaysia, Popular Music in Southeast Asia and the Chinese in Diaspora. She is an Executive Board member of the International Council of Traditional Music and serves in the Editorial Board of Ethnomusicology, Journal of the Society of Ethnomusicology and Asian Music. Tan is actively involved in engaged community arts that cut across races and works with multicultural young people to conserve their diverse heritage.

Ricardo TrimillosProfessor Ricardo Trimillos (USA)

Ricardo Trimillos is Professor in Ethnomusicology at the Music Department and Chair of Asian Studies at the School of Pacific & Asian Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His purview is broadly based and includes the expressive arts (music, dance, theatre) in their social environment. He has been consultant to a number of governments (including the former Soviet Union, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong) in the area of arts and public policy. His research foci include Asian peformance, Hawaiian music and dance, and the music of Muslim groups in the Southern Philippines. His theoretical emphases include ethnic identity, the arts and public policy, and issues of gender in the arts of the Pacific and Asia. He is a recognised resource for world music in public education.

Zhang BoyuProfessor Zhang Boyu (China)

Zhang Boyu is Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music and Head of the Central Conservatory of Music Press. His social positions include Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Traditional Music Association; Vice-Chairman of the China World Music Association; Vice-Chairman of the China Music Communication Association; Member of Advisory Board of China National Orchestral Musicians Association and Member of Academic Advisory Board of Helsinki University. As a sole author of five books and over 80 articles, his research interest is cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, focusing mainly on the meanings of traditional music in various societies.

Dan Bendrups

Dr Dan Bendrups (Australia)

Ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar with research interests ranging from traditional Pacific Island music through to global salsa and heavy metal scenes, Dr Dan Bendrups is the world’s leading specialist on the music of Rapanui (Easter Island).  With a background as a trombone player in a range of commercial contexts in Australia and internationally, Dr Bendrups is now Deputy Director Research at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

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