I am a currently a Teaching Fellow in Music Performance and Digital Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previous academic positions include Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at University of Manchester, Visiting Lecturer in the Creative Industries at Burgundy School of Business, and Teaching Fellow in Music at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh. I hold a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Royal Holloway, University of London and a MMus in Ethnomusicology from Goldsmiths, University of London. I also hold a Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University and a Bachelors in Percussion Performance from the New England Conservatory.
Originally from Washington, D.C., I spent several years as a freelance percussionist, performing with groups such as the New World Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony, as well as with several popular music outfits. In the U.K., I have toured and recorded with the Balkan and Eastern European music quintet Tatcho Drom and founded and directed the RHUL Balkan Ensemble and Edinburgh Balkan Music Project.
My primary research interest is in the the connections between cultural values and economic value in hyper-mediated consumer cultures. I am currently exploring live music in online gaming worlds and ethical consumption discourses in the music industries.