About the Authors

Nicoletta Demetriou is research fellow in Ethnomusicology and Life Writing at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She studied music in Thessaloniki, Vienna, and London, and Life Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her doctoral thesis (SOAS, University of London, 2008) examined the effect of nationalist ideology on the Greek-Cypriot folk music discourse and practice. She is currently working on a new project, which looks at the lives of professional folk musicians in Cyprus.

Costin Moisil is an associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest where he teaches ethnomusicology and academic writing. He is also a researcher at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest and an editor for the Ethnophonie CD series of traditional musics. His research focuses on Byzantine church music and oral musics in Romania. His last book is Construcția unei identități românești în muzica bisericească [Constructing a Romanian Identity in Church Music], 2018.
Since 2015 Moisil is an executive editor of Musicology Today: Journal of the National University of Music Bucharest. He was an Odobleja fellow of the New Europe College, Bucharest (2012-13). In 2016 he was awarded the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for historiography.

Jaakko Olkinuora is both a trained musician and a musicologist-theologian. He has a Master’s degree in music education and vocal pedagogy from Sibelius Academy, Finland (2012), a Master’s degree in Orthodox Church music and theology from University of Joensuu, Finland (2009), and a specialization in early vocal music from Metropolia University of Applied Science, Finland (2013). As the chairman of the Finnish Society of Byzantine Music, he is also known as a promoter of Byzantine music and musicology in Finland, having finished the diploma of Byzantine music in Greece (under the tuition of Ioannis Liakos, 2008). Currently, Olkinuora is preparing his doctoral dissertation on Byzantine hymnography and works as a researcher and part-time lecturer in the University of Eastern Finland. He also performs Baroque and Byzantine music and conducts his own ensembles, Ortofonia and Ilosanoma.

William Tallotte is an ethnomusicologist with a regional focus on South Asia. His areas of specialization are Hindu ritual music, musical analysis, and knowledge transmission. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from the University of Paris 4-Sorbonne, and his work has been recognized by three important postdoctoral and research fellowships: Musée du quai Branly (Paris, 2009-2010), Eurias (New Europe College, Bucharest, 2012-2013), Marie Curie (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2013-2015). He is currently working on a project on musical improvisation and preparing a monograph on South Indian temple music.

Richard Widdess is professor of musicology and head of the department of music in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has written about the history of Indian classical music, the North Indian vocal genre dhrupad, improvisation in Indian music, and Hindu and Buddhist sacred singing in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. He is currently developing his research in the area of orality, cognition and meaning in music.