Steven Feld

Member, Board of Directors


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Steven Feld is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico, and Professor of World Music at the University of Oslo, Norway. In 1991 he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and in 1994 was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A 2003–2004 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, he was also named in 2003 as the 15th recipient of the Koizumi Fumio Prize for Ethnomusicology, the major award for career achievement in the field.

Dr. Feld’s academic research principally concerns the anthropology of sound. Since the mid-1970s, he has studied the sound world of the Bosavi rainforest region in Papua New Guinea. Another project is a CD series on the history and culture of bells in Europe. Since 2004 he has been studying jazz in West Africa.

His books include Sound and Sentiment (1982/1990, University of Pennsylvania Press; J. I. Staley Prize, 1991); Music Grooves (with Charles Keil, 1994, University of Chicago Press; Chicago Folklore Prize, 1995); Senses of Place (edited with Keith Basso, 1996, SAR Press); Bosavi-English-Tok Pisin Dictionary (with Bambi Schieffelin, 1998, ANU Press); and most recently, Jean Rouch: Ciné-Ethnography (editor/translator, 2003, University of Minnesota Press).

His CD recordings include Voices of the Rainforest (1991, Rykodisc); Rainforest Soundwalks (2001, EarthEar); Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea (2001, Smithsonian Folkways); Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia (2002, Smithsonian Folkways); Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana (2007, Folkways); and on his VoxLox label, Iraqi Music in A Time of War: Rahim AlHaj in New York (2003), The Time of Bells (2004, 2005, 2006), and CDs by Accra Trane Station.

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