Academic Research, Publications, Teaching, and Lectures

Degrees & Special Appointments

2012 Gordhain Patel Distinguished Visiting Professor of Indian Music Studies, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia

2011 President’s Stipendium, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbestiz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) scholarship for research at the Berlin State Museums

1999 University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

1988 California Institute of the Arts
M.F.A. North Indian Music/World Music Performance

1974 Stanford University
M.A. Biological Sciences

Academic Teaching

May 2012 University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Visiting Professor of Music
Residency and classes with musicology, music education and jazz majors

November 2011 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (University of Göttingen)
Department of Musicology
Seminar on Raga

November, 2008 University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Series of guest lectures in Popular Music and World Music:
Indonesia, Middle East, Central Asia, Anthropology of Popular Music

Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Department of Music
Director – Hindustani Music Ensemble

2002 University of California, Riverside
Department of Music
            American Musical Subcultures: A Genealogy of Rock
            Introduction to World Music

1997-2001 California State University San Marcos
Global Arts Program, Visual and Performing Arts
            Survey of World Music
            Survey of World Popular Music
            General Education in the Humanities
            Computers and Music Composition
            Music Traditions of Southeast Asia
            Javanese Gamelan

2000-2002 California State University Fullerton
Department of Music
            Survey of World Music

1993-1994 University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Music
            Music Appreciation
            Music in American Popular Culture

1990-1991 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department of Music
            Fundamentals of Music



2011 Research project on the instrument collections of Sourindro Mohun Tagore: Berlin State Museum; Museé de la Musique, Paris; Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels; Museum für Völkerkunde,Vienna.
            President’s Stipendium, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbestiz

1997-2006 Continuing field research in Kolkata, India on current and historical instrumental performance traditions.

1995 Field Research on the Colonel P.T. French collection of Indian instruments.
           National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
Archival research.
           India Office Library, British Library, London, England.

1994, 1995 Field Research in India on development of North Indian classical music performance practice traditions in the 20th century.
           Senior Performance & Research Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies


Selected List of Academic Publications, Lectures and Presentations

2012 “The All-India Music Conferences of 1916-1925: Cultural Transformation and Colonial Ideology”
           in Hindustani Music, Joep Bor, ed., New Delhi: Manohar.

2003 “Rabab and Sarod: From Kabul to Calcutta”
           Exhibition catalog for Inde du Nord: Gloire des princes, louange des dieux,
           Cité de la Musique, Paris, March - June 2003

2000 Sarod Performance Practice in the Twentieth Century: Tradition and Transformation in North Indian Classical Instrumental Music
           Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara.
           University Microfilms, Ann Arbor MI.
           Committee: Scott Marcus, Chair; Amy Stillman; Alejandro                               Planchart

2000 “Sourindro Mohun Tagore”
           The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, revised edition,
           London: Macmillan.

2012 Sourindro Mohun Tagore, Hindustani Music, and the Colonization of the European Mind
           Presented at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia and at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, New Orleans

2008 “Tradition Transformed: Devotional Music in a Western Context”
           Presented at the India and the Performing Arts Conference, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2004 “Revivalism in North Indian Classical Music, or, Everything New Is Old Again”
           Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Tucson.

2003 “The Evolution of Sarod Performance Practice in the 20th Century, With Examples From Historic
Recordings and Live Demonstration”
           Guest lecture, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London.

2001 “The Cutting Edge of Tradition: Indian Classical Music and the Internet”
           Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Detroit.

2000 “Time, Performance and Ideology in North Indian Classical Music”
           Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Toronto.


David Trasoff - Archive

David Trasoff - Archive