I have been conducting ethnomusicological research in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and to a lesser extent in Iran, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Xinjiang, China, for a total of about nine years. My interdisciplinary work has focused on questions of style, emotion, poetics, and the phenomenology of actions in space and time. As a music analyst and performer, I have been interested in aspects of improvisation, musical coordination and interaction, rhythmic elasticity, ornamentation, and the role of verbal texts as resources for music making. My research languages are Tamil, Kota, Urdu/Hindi, Persian/Tajiki/Dari, and Wakhi.

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