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I am an ethnomusicologist and received the Ph.D. in Music at UC Berkeley .

My research interests include:
The musics of Morocco, North Africa, and Arab cultures
Gnawa music and ritual
Islam, Sufism, Trance, Ritual
Sound in Islamic epistemology
Musical interaction, Groove, Entrainment
Entertainment, Performance, Folklore, Dance

My dissertation on the music of the Lila ceremony of the Gnawa of Marrakesh is entitled "Musicking Moves and Ritual Grooves Across the Moroccan Gnawa Night."

I have taught and lectured extensively on a wide range of musical traditions of the Americas and of the Middle East and North Africa.

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