Biographies of the Authors
Steven Feld and Charles Keil

Steven Feld

Steven Feld Steven Feld is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico, and Professor of World Music at the Grieg Academy of Music, University of Bergen, Norway. His honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship 1991-1996,. fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1994, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in -2004, and the Fumio Koizumi Proze in 2004.

Besides Music Grooves, his books include:

  • Sound and Sentiment (1982/1990, U. Pennsylvania Press; J.I. Staley Prize, 1991)
  • Senses of Place (edited with Keith Basso, 1996, SAR Press)
  • Bosavi-English-Tok Pisin Dictionary (with Bambi Schieffelin and 5 Bosavi collaborators, 1998, ANU Press)
  • Jean Rouch: Ciné-Ethnography (editor/translator, 2003, U. 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)
    and the first CDs on his VoxLox label
  • Iraqi Music in A Time of War: Rahim AlHaj in New York (2003, VoxLox)
  • The Time of Bells volumes 1 and 2 (2004, VoxLox)

His Papua New Guinea research is outlined at

His more recent work in Greece with Angeliki and Charles Keil and Dick Blau is outlined at His present recording projects in human rights and acoustic ecology are featured at

Charles Keil

Charles Keil professed American Studies at SUNY/Buffalo until censorship pressures and a shrinking context made early retirement seem attractive. Leaving Buffalo for Lakeville, Ct. in 2000, he plays in subfields of the "joyous science": applied sociomusicology, groovology and echology. Publications in process include Born to Groove (w. Patricia Campbell){}; Polka Theory: Perspectives on the Will to Party; and, The Rhythm Section – probably a series of short books, and/or additions to this website, on the ethnography of "participatory discrepancies" in jazz, blues, and related musics.

Keil's earlier publications:

  • Urban Blues 1966/1991
  • Tiv Song: The Sociology of Art in a Classless Society 1979
  • Polka Happiness 1992; My Music 1993
  • Music Grooves 1994/2005
  • Bright Balkan Morning: Romani Lives and the Power of Music in Greek Macedonia 2002

have been given a sympatico narration ("Up from Darien") and review ("In the Crucible of the Party") by Robert Christgau.

With Angeliki Keil and Kilissa Cissoko, Keil helped found MUSE Incorporated in Buffalo circa 1990. (See Appendices A, B, C, D at Born to Groove for more info).

Ongoing projects include poetry, jamming for dancers (Biocentrics, Berkshire Stompers), songwriting, the 12/8 Path, sounding sangas,, and giving drum lessons.

Submit comments and/or dialogues via email to Charles Keil or Steve Feld