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Edward Herbst


Edward HerbstPh.D. in Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University, 1990

M.A. in Music, Wesleyan University, 1978

B.A. in Music and Anthropology, Bennington College, 1974


Research involves voice and culture, kinesthetics and ethnopoetics of sound, soundscape studies, and musical anthropology focusing on the music, dance, theater and cultural history of Bali, with other recent projects in Hungary, Romania, Mexico and Egypt. Director of the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project. Recent research. writing and dissemiination activities in Indonesia has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Asian Cultural Council ('15-'16) a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award ('14-'15), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013-14), and the Ford Fdn. ('03, '06, '07) for an ongoing repatriation project involving audio-visual restoration, documentation, analysis and publishing of early twentieth-century Balines music and films. Five volumes of extensive notes can be downloaded from a CD and DVD series of five volumes has been published in New York( and Indonesia ( with archival film excerpts on YouTube Channel Bali Also visit Voices in Bali:Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater was published by Wesleyan University Press (1997) and chapters are included in the Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation (Oxfod Univ. Press, 2017) and Paper in Honor of Wim van der Meer (University of Amsterdam, in press, 2016). Publications include the journal Asian Music, numerous entires for the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Dance on traditional and contemporary Indonesian performing arts, and four years as Assistant Editor of the Jornal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Commissioned by Indonesian director Sardono W, Kusumo to collaborate as composer and solo vocalist on his dance theater production of Maha Buta in Switzerland and at Festival Cervantino, Mexico, as well as his film, The Sorceress of Dirah, in Indonesia.

Served for six years as chair and remaining an ongoing member of the Ethics Committee of the Society for Ethnomusicology and organized (in cooperation with Anthony Seeger) two panels on "Repatriation of Audio-Visual Archives in the 21st Century" at the Society's 2010 Annual Meeting. He will chair an upcoimng SEM paenl on the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project in November 2016. Recent lectures include Stanford University's Reactions to the Record III Symposium; University of Claifornia, Riverside, Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Pomona College; Wesleyan University; Eastman School of Music; Massacusetts Institue of Technology; U.C. Berkeley Colloquia in the Musicologies Series; Bates College; University of Amsterdam Conference on Cultural Musicology; Indonesian Fesitval of the Arts, Surakarta, Jave; and in Bali: Conference and Festival for North Balinese Culture; Undiksha University in Singaraja and Indonesian Institue of the Arts-Denpasar

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